HANGZHOU, China – Sophomore swimmer Caio Pumputis continued to represent Georgia Tech and Brazil incredibly well in the 14th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, making the finals in the 100 IM at the Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center.
In a neck-and-neck preliminary that had the top nine spots decided by less than a second, the Yellow Jacket raced to a 52.31 to place him sixth and advance him to the semifinals later in the day. Once in the semis, Pumputis turned on the jets further to inch closer to a PR, splitting 24.79/27.36 to a sixth-place time of 52.15 – a top-15 time in the world this year.
Pumputis also battled in the 200 breast prelims on Wednesday evening, but was unable to qualify, swimming a 2:05.00, which was good for 14th place.
With one final performance (200 IM) under his belt and the 100 IM final on deck for Thursday evening, Pumputis is close to concluding a highly successful trip to China over the winter break. The Brazil native will also compete in the 4x200m free relay on Thursday night.
Pumputis 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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