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Carlos Almeida (swimmer)

Carlos Fernandes Esteves de Almeida (also Carlos Almeida, born August 4, 1988) is a Portuguese swimmer, who specializes in breaststroke events.[1][2] He is a two-time Olympian, a NCAA Champion, a 2011 Big East Conference champion, and a current Portuguese record holder in the 50, 100 and 200 m breaststroke in the long and short course.[3][4] Almeida is a resident athlete for Amadora Swimming Club in Lisbon (Portuguese: Clube de Natação da Amadora), and is coached and trained by Filipe Coelho.[1]

Carlos Almeida
Personal information
Full nameCarlos Fernandes Esteves de Almeida
National team Portugal
Born (1988-08-04) 4 August 1988 (age 30)
Lisbon, Portugal
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight87 kg (192 lb)
ClubClube de Natação da Amadora[1]
College teamUniversity of Louisville (U.S.)[1]
CoachFilipe Coelho
Arthur Almeida (U.S.)[1]

Almeida made his official debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he competed in the men's 200 m breaststroke. He cleared a FINA B-cut of 2:15.00 from the Dutch Open in Eindhoven, Netherlands.[5][6] Almeida blasted a 2:15 barrier and a new Portuguese record of 2:13.34 to top the second heat, but he finished only in thirty-second overall from the preliminaries.[7]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Almeida qualified for the men's 100 m breaststroke by establishing a Portuguese record and achieving a FINA B-standard entry time of 1:01.19 from the European Championships in Debrecen, Hungary.[8][9] He challenged seven other swimmers on the third heat, including fellow two-time Olympian Martin Liivamägi of Estonia. He raced to third place by two tenths of a second (0.20) behind Greece's Panagiotis Samilidis in 1:01.40. Almeida failed to advance into the semifinals, as he placed twenty-fifth overall out of 44 swimmers on the first day of preliminaries.[10]

Almeida was a member of the swimming team for the Louisville Cardinals, with a sports administration major at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Almeida also became the first swimmer in school's history to claim a title at the NCAA Division I Championships in Federal Way, Washington. He blasted a time of 1:51.88 in the 200 breast stroke to match former Olympic silver medalist Ed Moses for the fourth-fastest all time in collegiate history.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Carlos Almeida". London 2012. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Carlos Almeida". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Swimrankings - Swimming Rankings and Results - Worldwide, International Swim Sport - Portuguese National Records Long Course". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  4. ^ "Swimrankings - Swimming Rankings and Results - Worldwide, International Swim Sport - Portuguese National Records Short Course". Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  5. ^ "Olympic Cut Sheet – Men's 200m Breaststroke" (PDF). Swimming World Magazine. p. 31. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Dutch Open: Day Four Finals Features World Record, Several National Standards". Swimming World Magazine. 9 December 2007. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ "Men's 200m Breaststroke Heat 2". Beijing 2008. NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Qualifying Athletes – Men's 100 m breaststroke" (PDF). FINA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 November 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  9. ^ "European Long Course Championships: Close Calls, Fast Times On Second Night". Swimming World Magazine. 22 May 2012. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Men's 100m Breaststroke Heat 3". London 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
  11. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships: Carlos Almeida Wins Louisville's First NCAA Title, Tying Closest 200 Breast Race in NCAA History". Swimming World Magazine. 24 March 2012. Archived from the original on 27 May 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  12. ^ Martin, Ryan (3 April 2012). "Swimmer Carlos Almeida wins NCAA National Championship". The Louisville Cardinal. Retrieved 22 April 2013.

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