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50 metres Freestyle, Women

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants81 from 73 countries

As was now traditional the 50 metre freestyle was the last women’s individual swim race of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Denmark’s Pernille Blume was the defending gold medalist and was back. Her biggest challengers were expected to be Australian sprinter Emma McKeon, the 2017 World Champion Sarah Sjöström of Sweden, and the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo, who had won gold at London in 2012. Simone Manuel, the 2016 100 freestyle gold medalist and 2019 World Champion in this event, was also back, but she would not make it out of the semi-finals.

For McKeon, the final day of swimming in Tokyo had big implications as she came into this event having already won five medals in 2020. She was likely a slight favorite as she had led both the heats and the semi-finals.

In the final McKeon had one of the slowest reaction times at 0.70, only leaving the blocks ahead of her teammate Cate Campbell, who reacted in 0.76. However, she overcame that to win gold fairly comfortably (0.26 seconds) over Sjöström, with Blume taking bronze, as Kromo just missed the podium in fourth.

For McKeon this was her sixth medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, a feat that only been done before by nine women, and by two other female swimmers – Kristin Otto of the GDR (East Germany) in 1988 and Natalie Coughlin of the USA in 2008. Less than an hour later McKeon would swim the butterfly leg as Australia won the women’s medley relay, giving her seven medals at Tokyo, matching the all-time women’s Olympic best in any sport, set by Soviet gymnast Mariya Gorokhovskaya at Helsinki in 1952.

PosSwimmerNOCTime
1Emma McKeonAUSGold
2Sarah SjöströmSWESilver
3Pernille BlumeDENBronze
4Ranomi KromowidjojoNED
5Katarzyna WasickPOL
6Wu QingfengCHN
7Cate CampbellAUS
8Abbey WeitzeilUSA
9Zhang YufeiCHN
10Arina SurkovaROC
11Mélanie HéniqueFRA
12Simone ManuelUSA
13Emma CheliusRSA
14Marie WattelFRA
15Fanny TeijonsaloFIN
16Julie JensenDEN
17Siobhán HaugheyHKG
18Femke HeemskerkNED
19Mariya KamenevaROC
20Michelle ColemanSWE
21Barbora SeemanováCZE
22Kayla SanchezCAN
23Lidón MuñozESP
24Farida OsmanEGY
25Anicka DelgadoECU
26Julie MeynenLUX
27Kalia AntoniouCYP
28Isabella ArcilaCOL
29Etiene MedeirosBRA
30Andi MurezISR
31Bianca CosteaROU
32Jeserik PintoVEN
33Danielle HillIRL
34Elinah PhillipIVB
35Amel MelihALG
36Karen TorrezBOL
37Jenjira Srisa-ArdTHA
38Huang Mei-ChienTPE
39Allyson PonsonARU
40Quah Ting WenSGP
41Cherelle ThompsonTTO
42Nikol MerizajALB
43Emily MutetiKEN
44Norah MilanesiCMR
45Talita BaqlahJOR
46Ema RajićCRO
47Kirabo NamutebiUGA
48Natalya KritininaUZB
49Mikaili CharlemagneLCA
50Cheyenne RovaFIJ
51Batbayar EnkhkhuslenMGL
52Tilka PaljkZAM
53Judith MeauriPNG
54Samantha RobertsANT
55Aleka PersaudGUY
56Bisma KhanPAK
57Unilez TakyiGHA
58Angelika OuédraogoBUR
59Mya de FreitasVIN
60Noor YusufBRN
61Jessica MakwendaMAW
62Anastasiya TyurinaTJK
63Noelani DayTGA
64Siri BudcharernLAO
65Kheun BunpichmorakatCAM
66Alicia MateusMOZ
67Lara DashtiKUW
68Junayna AhmedBAN
69Nafissath RadjiBEN
70Robyn YoungSWZ
71Dania NourPLE
72Alphonsine AgahozoRWA
73Osisang ChiltonPLW
74Tity DumbuyaSLE
75Chloé SauvourelCAF
76Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG
77Aya Girard de Langlade MpaliGAB
78Imelda Ximenes BeloTLS
79Odrina KazeBDI
80Haneen IbrahimSUD
81Stefan Bellore SangalaCGO
DNSNada ArakjiQAT
DNSAnna HopkinGBR