MARCELO ACOSTA BECOMES FASTEST 800 METRE FREESTYLER EVER FROM CCCAN WITH NATIONAL RECORD, REGISTERS HIGHEST RANKING FOR REGION SO FAR IN BUDAPEST WITH 14TH PLACING OVERALL

Acosta fina .org
Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of fina.org

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.

Marcelo Acosta fina.org
Marcelo Acosta Photo courtesy of fina.org

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

metres 100 200 300 400
cumulative time 57.01 1:57.01 2:56.92 3:57.07
100 splits 57.01 1:00.00 59.91 1:00.15
metres 500 600 700 800
cumulative time 4:57.33 5:57.84 6:57.85 7:55.70
100 splits 1:00.26 1:00.51 1:00.01 59.27

His achievement has come through dogged persistence as the event demands and seen through his improving results at the Championships

Date Placing  time
2017 14th 7:55.70
2015 35th 8:12.52
2013 29th 8:17.39

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
2013 27th 8:09.04 Alejandro Gomez Venezuela
2011 30th 8:10.82 Daniel Delgadillo Faisal Mexico
2009 23rd 8:08.64 Ricardo Monasterio Venezuela
2007 21st 8:05.81 Ricardo Monasterio Venezuela
2005 33rd 8:23.13 Evan Marcus Guatemala

 

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