Brazilian champion predicts more success

Cielo credits better support for strong medals bid.

Reuters July 19, 2012


Olympic 50m freestyle swimming champion Cesar Cielo predicted that Brazil would leave the London Games with more medals than the 15 they took home from Beijing four years ago.

The 25 year-old, who will compete in the 50 and 100m as well as 4x100m medley, said Brazil should expect their medal tally to increase because of better support and the feel-good factor from being the next country to stage the Olympics in 2016.

“We’re capable of winning many more medals than we did in Beijing,” said Cielo. “My main goal is to represent my country in the best way possible and to get a gold medal in the 50m and try my best in the 100m.

“I’ve been training a long time for this, so gold is my main ambition. It won’t be easy but I did everything I could, so I think I am ready for it.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2012.