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Olympic champion Cielo eyes 50m world record

04-25-2012 10:51 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Olympic champion Cesar Cielo plans to "swim the (50m) race of his life" at the London Games warm-up event in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Cielo, who holds the world records for 50m and 100m freestyle, could also contest the 100m race in Rio and up to three relays.

"Physically, I am feeling about 99%. My idea is to get the quickest time of my career so that when I am 100% I will know I can swim even faster," Cielo said.

The 25-year-old Brazilian has competed in two 50m freestyle events this year, clocking 22.13sec at the Grand Prix in Missouri, the United States, and 21.85sec at the South American championships in Belem, northern Brazil.

Cielo's world record time of 20.91sec was achieved at the Brazilian championships in December 2009.

His national teammate Tales Cerdeira began the Rio competition on Tuesday by qualifying for the Olympic 200m breast-stroke event with a time of 2min10.37sec.

The Games entry mark set by Brazil's swimming confederation is 2:11.74.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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