HANGZHOU, China – Georgia Tech swimmer Caio Pumputis began competition in the 14th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Monday evening and then well into Tuesday morning, representing his home country of Brazil at the Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center.
After finishing second in the 200 IM prelims with a blistering time of 1:53.33, the sophomore then battled to a fifth-place finish in the finals with a time of 1:53.05 – two seconds off the lead (Shun Wang (China)) and 0.32 seconds off medaling at the world championships. Pumputis broke out of the gates with a 24.66/28.55 over the first 100 before splitting 32.37/27.22 to finish with the seventh-fastest time in the world this year.
Georgia Tech sophomore Caio Pumputis competes in the 200 IM finals at the FINA World Championships in China
Pumputis will also compete in two more events for the World Championships – the 100 IM and the 200 breast on Wednesday evening. He also has a chance to compete in the 4x200m free relay on Thursday night.
The Yellow Jacket qualified for the World Championships by setting a new short course South American record in the 100 IM at the 2018 Jose Finkel Trophy (Brazil’s Short Course National Championship meet) in Sao Paulo, Brazil this summer. His record-setting performance ranked No. 1 in the world in 2018 at the time at 51.83 and ranked fifth overall on the year.
The 2018 FINA Short Course World Championships are live-streamed and televised live in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network, the Olympic Channel and NBCSports.com.
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