On Tuesday July 25 at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships saw history being made for the CCCAN region in the 800 metre freestyle as Olympian Marcelo Acosta (2016) of El Salvador became the first swimmer to break 8 minutes with a swim of 7:55.70. The closest before Acosta’s historic achievement was Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas at 8:00.47 who split that time at the 800 metre mark during his 1500 metre race at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Marcelo gave a hint as to what was possible when he stopped the clock in 8:01.28 at the ARENA Pro Swim series Santa Clara in June. At the meeting of the world’s best in Hungary he had a number of misses with his national records. In the 400 metre freestyle where he was the CCCAN performer he clocked 3:51.76 (split time 1:52.44) for 24th overall. His national standard is 3:48.82 from the Rio Games.
In the 200 freestyle he split 54.99 on his way to a total time of 1:50.92, the 5th fastest in the CCCAN region. He rattled his 1:50.35 record set the ARENA Pro Swim Series Atlanta.
In the 800 metre freestyle he would leave nothing to chance in terms of a record breaking performance and won heat 2.Marcelo started off the sub 8 minute effort with a 57.01 opening 100 metres
Analysis of Acosta’s 800 metre freestyle
His achievement has come through dogged persistence as the event demands and seen through his improving results at the Championships
It also the best performance by the region so far in Budapest and the top performance in the event in over a decade
Top CCCAN performers
|Date||Placing||Top CCCAN time||Name||Country|
|2015||35th||8:12.52||Marcelo Acosta||El Salvador|
|2011||30th||8:10.82||Daniel Delgadillo Faisal||Mexico|