the brazilian Stephen Steverink made history at the World Junior Swimming Championships. The swimmer won gold in the 400m freestyle in a thrilling event at the pools in Lima, Peru. This is the third time the athlete from Brazil has won a medal in these competitions.
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The Brazilian did not have any problems in the qualifying round played on Monday morning and secured the ticket to the final in advance. The decision was a bit more complicated as Romania’s Vlad Stefan Stancu and Poland’s Krzysztof Chmielewski competed arm in arm with Stefan.
However, in the closing moments of the race, Steverink pulled ahead and won in 3:48.27. Stanku finished just 11 hundredths behind, while Chmielewski ran out of breath in the final stretch to claim bronze.
– I don’t know what to say. My mother is here. Definitely nervous. So did I, so did my coach, but it was a great test. The Brazilian team encourages us a lot, and I won for them, the Brazilian said after confirming the gold.
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Stefan Steverink was the only one from the delegation present in Lima to participate in the Aquatics World Cup in Budapest. The 18-year-old swimmer is hoping to swim the 800m and 1500m freestyle for Brazil at the next event and in addition to the 400m individual medley.