Updated: Sunday, 23 March 2014 13:00 | By Agence France-Presse

Cielo sets fastest 50m time of year

Beijing Olympics champion Cesar Cielo set the fastest time of the year in clocking 21.74sec for the 50m freestyle in home water at Belo Horizonte.


Cielo sets fastest 50m time of year

Beijing Olympics champion Cesar Cielo, shown in a file picture, set the fastest time of the year in clocking 21.74sec for the 50m freestyle in home water at Belo Horizonte - by Francois Xavier Marit

Cielo, Brazil's most successful swimmer ever and 2008 Olympic champion over the distance, shaved 0.14sec off Australian James Magnussen's January time in Perth.

Saturday's time was still, however, well shy of Cielo's own longcourse world mark of 20.91sec.

That record, set in Brazil in December 2009, came just before the International Swimming Federation ban on non-textile superfast suits came into effect.

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