HANGZHOU, China – Georgia Tech swimmer Caio Pumputis began competition in the 14th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Monday evening, representing his home country of Brazil at the Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center.
In the prelims of his first event, the 200 IM, of the world championships, Pumputis charged to a great start, finishing second by a nose (0.15 seconds) with a time of 1:53.33 – currently ranking as the sixth-fastest time in the world this year. The Brazil native split 32.21/27.58 over the final 100 to outrace the United States’ Josh Prenot, who finished third at 1:53.44. Shun Wang of China won the prelims with a time of 1:53.18.
The sophomore will now move on to battle in finals, which begin at 6 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 11. 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.
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.
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