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50 metres Freestyle, Men

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympic Aquatics Centre, 2-1, 2chome, Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tatsumi-no-Mori Seaside Park, Tokyo, Japan
Participants73 from 66 countries

The 50 freestyles for men and women have recently taken place on the final day of pool swimming at major internationals. Caeleb Dressel was the men’s favorite, having already won gold in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly in Tokyo, and he was the 2017 and 2019 World Champion. Behind him, France’s Florent Manaudou, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2015 World Champion, and Brazilian Bruno Fratus were expected to be his biggest challengers, with his teammate, Michael Andrew, also highly considered.

All the favorites qualified easily through both the heats and semi-finals, with Dressel leading both rounds with 21.32 in the heats and 21.42 in the semis. Manaudou was second in both rounds, while Fratus was third in the semis, and fourth in the heats, just behind Greece’s Kristian Gkolomeev, co-silver medalist with Fratus at the 2019 Worlds.

In the final Dressel had a relatively slow reaction time but his large frame and powerful kick off the blocks put him in the lead by 10 metres and he was never headed, finishing in a gold medal winning 21.07, an Olympic record. Behind him, Manaudou edged out Fratus for the silver, 21.55 – 21.57, while Andrew was another 0.03 back in fourth. For Dressel this was his third individual gold medal at Tokyo 2020, and his fifth overall, giving him seven gold medals at the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

PosSwimmerNOCTime
1Caeleb DresselUSAGold
2Florent ManaudouFRASilver
3Bruno FratusBRABronze
4Michael AndrewUSA
5Kristian GolomeevGRE
6Ben ProudGBR
7Lorenzo ZazzeriITA
8Thom de BoerNED
=9Brent HaydenCAN
=9Kliment KolesnikovROC
11Vladyslav BukhovUKR
=12Maxime GroussetFRA
=12Jesse PutsNED
14Paweł JuraszekPOL
15Alberto MestreVEN
16Vladimir MorozovROC
17Meiron CherutiISR
18Joshua LiendoCAN
19Santo CondorelliITA
20Nikola MiljenićCRO
21Yu HexinCHN
22Heiko GiglerAUT
23Björn SeeligerSWE
24Ali KhalafallaEGY
25Brad TandyRSA
26Ari-Pekka LiukkonenFIN
27Maxim LobanovszkijHUN
28Andrej BarnaSRB
29Cameron McEvoyAUS
30Gabriel CastañoMEX
31Konrad CzerniakPOL
32Ian HoHKG
33Dylan CarterTTO
34Brett FraserCAY
35Enzo MartínezURU
36Renzo Tjon A JoeSUR
37Oussama SahnouneALG
38Santi GrassiARG
39Hwang Seon-WuKOR
40David PopoviciROU
41Luke GebbiePHI
42Emir MuratovicBIH
43Artur BarseghyanARM
44Alaa MasoEOR
45Nikolas AntoniouCYP
46Ghirmai EfremERI
47Filipe GomesMAW
48Myagmar DelgerkhuuMGL
49Shane CadoganVIN
50Alassane Seydou LancinaNIG
51Md Ariful IslamBAN
52Hem PuchCAM
53Marc DansouBEN
54Adama OuédraogoBUR
55Eloi ImaniraguhaRWA
56Shaquille MoosaZAM
57Mawupemon OtogbeTOG
58Troy PinaCPV
59Santisouk InthavongLAO
60Olim KurbanovTJK
61Mamadou BahGUI
62Abdelmalik MuktarETH
63Simanga DlaminiSWZ
64Charly NdjoumeCMR
65Houssein Gaber IbrahimDJI
66Ebrima BuaroGAM
67Shawn Dingilius-WallacePLW
68Adam MpaliGAB
69Fahim AnwariAFG
70Phillip KinonoMHL
71Joshua WyseSLE
72José Da Silva ViegasTLS
73Diosdado MikoGEQ