Bernardo Santos achieved an unprecedented final for Brazilian artistic swimming at the Aquatic Sports World Cup, which began this Friday (02), in Doha, Qatar. He placed eighth in the men’s technical soil preliminary and secured a spot in the final. It is the first time that Brazil has had a male athlete in this event in a world competition.
Bernardo, aged 23, scored 182.6351 points for his presentation (23.6500 difficulty, 78.4000 artistic impression and 104.4321 execution) and came eighth out of 14 participants, which earned him a place in the final. Only the top-12 in the dispute advanced to the decision. The first place in the qualifier was the Chinese Shuncheng Yang, who scored 242.4367 points.
This is the first time that Brazil has a representative in the men’s solo competition at the World Aquatics Championships. Artistic swimming was, for a long time, a sport in which only women could compete, but This has changed in recent years. In addition to the men’s solo, there is the mixed duet and the team event, which may involve men at this World Cup.
The men’s technical solo final will take place on Monday (05), at 2pm (Brasília time). The results are zero and there is a new dispute to define the medalists. Before that, Bernardo Santos will compete in the technical mixed duet event, alongside Anna Veloso, this Saturday (03), at 3:30 am. Next week, Bernardo will compete in the free solo and the free mixed duet.
Jullia Catharino in 16th
Jullia Catharino also competed in the opening of the artistic swimming event in Doha, in the women’s technical solo competition. She scored 209.1350 and finished in 16th place, not advancing to the final. The last classified in the decision was Kazakh Karina Magrupova, with 219.8800. The leader was the Greek Evangelia Platanioti, with 270.1901.
22 years old from São Paulo. Journalist graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). I’ve been at Olimpíada Todo Dia since 2022. I covered the World University Games in Chengdu and the Pan-American Games in Santiago-2023.