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Could Matheus Santana be Brazil’s Best Shot at Olympic Gold?

Sanatana the swimmer

Matheus Santana will be competing in the 4×100 meter relay in the 2016 Olympics against some of the toughest competition in the 2016 Olympics.

20 year old Matheus Santana is being hailed by some as Brazil’s best shot at winning Olympic gold. Santana is clearly a talented swimmer, winning his first national title at the age of 15. In 2013, the young Brazilian won the Youth South American Championships in Chile in the 100 meter freestyle.

Santana has continued to improve as a swimmer with every passing year. At the 2014 South American Games, he won three gold medals in the 100 meter freestyle, 4×100 meter freestyle, and 4×100 meter medley, setting a competition record along the way. He continued his competition success by setting a junior world record in the 100 meter freestyle for the Maria Lenk Trophy.

Matheus Santana entered the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics with considerable hype, and did not disappoint, winning silver in both the mixed 4×100 meter relay and 50 meter freestyle, and a gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle.

Matheus Santana could be up against an Olympic legend

Gambling news broke this week that Michael Phelps had made history by qualifying for his fifth Olympic games. It has not yet been decided which events the swimming legend will take part in yet, but there’s a chance he could be competing against Santana in the 4×100 meter relay.

Phelps wins gold

Michael Phelps could be competing against Santana (photo: sportige.com)

Matheus Santana will certainly have his hands full in Rio, but he has a great opportunity to become a superstar. The young Brazilian is still very young, and a gold medal could signify we have a new swimming up and comer to keep an eye on. There is no doubt that the host country Brazil will be cheering him on.

What do you think? Can Matheus Santana win gold? What if he is competing against Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte? Leave your comments below, and make sure to check out GamingZion’s list of online sportsbooks to find the best website for betting on the 2016 Olympics!

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