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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.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Emma McKeonAUS24.02 (1 h10)24.00 (1 h2)23.81 (1)Gold
2Sarah SjöströmSWE24.26 (1 h11)24.13 (2 h1)24.07 (2)Silver
3Pernille BlumeDEN24.12 (1 h9)24.08 (1 h1)24.21 (3)Bronze
4Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.41 (4 h11)24.29 (3 h1)24.30 (4)
5Katarzyna WasickPOL24.31 (2 h11)24.26 (3 h2)24.32 (=5)
6Wu QingfengCHN24.55 (4 h9)24.32 (4 h1)24.32 (=5)
7Cate CampbellAUS24.15 (2 h9)24.27 (4 h2)24.36 (7)
8Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.37 (3 h11)24.19 (2 h2)24.41 (8)
9Zhang YufeiCHN24.36 (3 h9)24.32 (5 h1)
10Arina SurkovaROC24.52 (5 h11)24.57 (5 h2)
11Mélanie HéniqueFRA24.69 (4 h10)24.63 (6 h2)
12Simone ManuelUSA24.65 (3 h10)24.63 (7 h2)
13Emma CheliusRSA24.65 (2 h10)24.64 (6 h1)
14Marie WattelFRA24.82 (6 h9)24.76 (7 h1)
15Fanny TeijonsaloFIN24.79 (5 h9)24.91 (8 h2)
16Julie JensenDEN24.70 (6 h11)24.98 (8 h1)
17Siobhán HaugheyHKG24.75 (7 h11)
18Femke HeemskerkNED24.77 (5 h10)
19Mariya KamenevaROC24.83 (6 h10)
20Michelle ColemanSWE24.84 (7 h9)
21Barbora SeemanováCZE24.92 (7 h10)
22Kayla SanchezCAN24.93 (8 h9)
23Lidón MuñozESP25.10 (1 h8)
24Farida OsmanEGY25.13 (2 h8)
25Anicka DelgadoECU25.36 (1 h6)
26Julie MeynenLUX25.36 (3 h8)
27Kalia AntoniouCYP25.41 (1 h7)
28Isabella ArcilaCOL25.41 (4 h8)
29Etiene MedeirosBRA25.45 (8 h10)
30Andi MurezISR25.48 (5 h8)
31Bianca CosteaROU25.61 (2 h7)
32Jeserik PintoVEN25.65 (3 h7)
33Danielle HillIRL25.70 (6 h8)
34Elinah PhillipIVB25.74 (2 h6)
35Amel MelihALG25.77 (4 h7)
36Karen TorrezBOL25.77 (5 h7)
37Jenjira Srisa-ArdTHA25.97 (7 h8)
38Huang Mei-ChienTPE25.99 (6 h7)
39Allyson PonsonARU26.03 (7 h7)
40Quah Ting WenSGP26.16 (8 h8)
41Cherelle ThompsonTTO26.19 (8 h7)
42Nikol MerizajALB26.21 (3 h6)
43Emily MutetiKEN26.31 (4 h6)
44Norah MilanesiCMR26.41 (1 h5)
45Talita BaqlahJOR26.49 (5 h6)
46Ema RajićCRO26.49 (6 h6)
47Kirabo NamutebiUGA26.63 (7 h6)
48Natalya KritininaUZB26.93 (8 h6)
49Mikaili CharlemagneLCA26.99 (2 h5)
50Cheyenne RovaFIJ27.11 (3 h5)
51Batbayar EnkhkhuslenMGL27.29 (4 h5)
52Tilka PaljkZAM27.34 (5 h5)
53Judith MeauriPNG27.56 (1 h4)
54Samantha RobertsANT27.63 (6 h5)
55Aleka PersaudGUY27.76 (2 h4)
56Bisma KhanPAK27.78 (7 h5)
57Unilez TakyiGHA27.85 (8 h5)
58Angelika OuédraogoBUR28.38 (3 h4)
59Mya de FreitasVIN28.57 (4 h4)
60Noor YusufBRN28.87 (5 h4)
61Jessica MakwendaMAW28.96 (6 h4)
62Anastasiya TyurinaTJK29.05 (1 h3)
63Noelani DayTGA29.06 (7 h4)
64Siri BudcharernLAO29.22 (2 h3)
65Kheun BunpichmorakatCAM29.42 (3 h3)
66Alicia MateusMOZ29.63 (8 h4)
67Lara DashtiKUW29.69 (4 h3)
68Junayna AhmedBAN29.78 (5 h3)
69Nafissath RadjiBEN29.99 (6 h3)
70Robyn YoungSWZ30.41 (7 h3)
71Dania NourPLE30.43 (8 h3)
72Alphonsine AgahozoRWA30.50 (1 h2)
73Osisang ChiltonPLW30.67 (2 h2)
74Tity DumbuyaSLE31.56 (3 h2)
75Chloé SauvourelCAF32.18 (4 h2)
76Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG32.21 (5 h2)
77Aya MpaliGAB32.24 (6 h2)
78Imelda Ximenes BeloTLS32.89 (1 h1)
79Odrina KazeBDI33.39 (2 h1)
80Haneen IbrahimSUD34.49 (3 h1)
81Stefan SangalaCGO37.92 (7 h2)
DNSNada ArakjiQAT– (DNS h2)
DNSAnna HopkinGBR– (DNS h11)

Round One (30 July 2021 — 19:23)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Emma McKeonAUS24.02Q OR
25Pernille BlumeDEN24.12Q
34Cate CampbellAUS24.15Q
44Sarah SjöströmSWE24.26Q
53Katarzyna WasickPOL24.31Q
66Zhang YufeiCHN24.36Q
76Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.37Q
85Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.41Q
97Arina SurkovaROC24.52Q
102Wu QingfengCHN24.55Q
=118Emma CheliusRSA24.65Q
=115Simone ManuelUSA24.65Q
132Mélanie HéniqueFRA24.69Q
148Julie JensenDEN24.70Q
151Siobhán HaugheyHKG24.75
166Femke HeemskerkNED24.77Q
178Fanny TeijonsaloFIN24.79
187Marie WattelFRA24.82
193Mariya KamenevaROC24.83
203Michelle ColemanSWE24.84
211Barbora SeemanováCZE24.92
221Kayla SanchezCAN24.93
235Lidón MuñozESP25.10
246Farida OsmanEGY25.13
=254Anicka DelgadoECU25.36
=254Julie MeynenLUX25.36
=271Kalia AntoniouCYP25.41
=273Isabella ArcilaCOL25.41
297Etiene MedeirosBRA25.45
302Andi MurezISR25.48
314Bianca CosteaROU25.61
322Jeserik PintoVEN25.65
337Danielle HillIRL25.70
341Elinah PhillipIVB25.74
=355Amel MelihALG25.77
=357Karen TorrezBOL25.77
378Jenjira Srisa-ArdTHA25.97
381Huang Mei-ChienTPE25.99
398Allyson PonsonARU26.03
403Quah Ting WenSGP26.16
416Cherelle ThompsonTTO26.19
427Nikol MerizajALB26.21
436Emily MutetiKEN26.31
444Norah MilanesiCMR26.41
=453Talita BaqlahJOR26.49
=455Ema RajićCRO26.49
478Kirabo NamutebiUGA26.63
482Natalya KritininaUZB26.93
495Mikaili CharlemagneLCA26.99
507Cheyenne RovaFIJ27.11
511Batbayar EnkhkhuslenMGL27.29
526Tilka PaljkZAM27.34
535Judith MeauriPNG27.56
543Samantha RobertsANT27.63
554Aleka PersaudGUY27.76
568Bisma KhanPAK27.78
572Unilez TakyiGHA27.85
581Angelika OuédraogoBUR28.38
596Mya de FreitasVIN28.57
607Noor YusufBRN28.87
618Jessica MakwendaMAW28.96
624Anastasiya TyurinaTJK29.05
633Noelani DayTGA29.06
648Siri BudcharernLAO29.22
655Kheun BunpichmorakatCAM29.42
662Alicia MateusMOZ29.63
672Lara DashtiKUW29.69
681Junayna AhmedBAN29.78
696Nafissath RadjiBEN29.99
703Robyn YoungSWZ30.41
717Dania NourPLE30.43
721Alphonsine AgahozoRWA30.50
732Osisang ChiltonPLW30.67
744Tity DumbuyaSLE31.56
756Chloé SauvourelCAF32.18
763Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG32.21
777Aya MpaliGAB32.24
784Imelda Ximenes BeloTLS32.89
793Odrina KazeBDI33.39
805Haneen IbrahimSUD34.49
818Stefan SangalaCGO37.92
DNS5Nada ArakjiQAT
DNS2Anna HopkinGBR

Heat One (19:24)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Imelda Ximenes BeloTLS32.890.70
23Odrina KazeBDI33.390.75
35Haneen IbrahimSUD34.490.78

Heat Two (19:26)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11Alphonsine AgahozoRWA30.500.72
22Osisang ChiltonPLW30.670.63
34Tity DumbuyaSLE31.560.75
46Chloé SauvourelCAF32.180.71
53Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG32.210.78
67Aya MpaliGAB32.240.78
78Stefan SangalaCGO37.920.93
DNS5Nada ArakjiQAT

Heat Three (19:28)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Anastasiya TyurinaTJK29.050.72
28Siri BudcharernLAO29.220.75
35Kheun BunpichmorakatCAM29.420.69
42Lara DashtiKUW29.690.68
51Junayna AhmedBAN29.780.70
66Nafissath RadjiBEN29.990.70
73Robyn YoungSWZ30.410.70
87Dania NourPLE30.430.75

Heat Four (19:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Judith MeauriPNG27.560.72
24Aleka PersaudGUY27.760.60
31Angelika OuédraogoBUR28.380.65
46Mya de FreitasVIN28.570.65
57Noor YusufBRN28.870.71
68Jessica MakwendaMAW28.960.75
73Noelani DayTGA29.060.72
82Alicia MateusMOZ29.630.68

Heat Five (19:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Norah MilanesiCMR26.410.65
25Mikaili CharlemagneLCA26.990.73
37Cheyenne RovaFIJ27.110.75
41Batbayar EnkhkhuslenMGL27.290.74
56Tilka PaljkZAM27.340.69
63Samantha RobertsANT27.630.71
78Bisma KhanPAK27.780.73
82Unilez TakyiGHA27.850.76

Heat Six (19:34)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Anicka DelgadoECU25.360.64
21Elinah PhillipIVB25.740.67
37Nikol MerizajALB26.210.60
46Emily MutetiKEN26.310.67
53Talita BaqlahJOR26.490.78
65Ema RajićCRO26.490.70
78Kirabo NamutebiUGA26.630.63
82Natalya KritininaUZB26.930.69

Heat Seven (19:36)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11Kalia AntoniouCYP25.410.70
24Bianca CosteaROU25.610.72
32Jeserik PintoVEN25.650.68
45Amel MelihALG25.770.70
57Karen TorrezBOL25.770.61
61Huang Mei-ChienTPE25.990.66
78Allyson PonsonARU26.030.64
86Cherelle ThompsonTTO26.190.67

Heat Eight (19:38)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Lidón MuñozESP25.100.65
26Farida OsmanEGY25.130.70
34Julie MeynenLUX25.360.62
43Isabella ArcilaCOL25.410.65
52Andi MurezISR25.480.68
67Danielle HillIRL25.700.64
78Jenjira Srisa-ArdTHA25.970.62
83Quah Ting WenSGP26.160.67

Heat Nine (19:40)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Pernille BlumeDEN24.120.63Q
24Cate CampbellAUS24.150.80Q
36Zhang YufeiCHN24.360.64Q
42Wu QingfengCHN24.550.69Q
58Fanny TeijonsaloFIN24.790.61
67Marie WattelFRA24.820.69
73Michelle ColemanSWE24.840.70
81Kayla SanchezCAN24.930.67

Heat Ten (19:42)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Emma McKeonAUS24.020.70Q OR
28Emma CheliusRSA24.650.67Q
35Simone ManuelUSA24.650.69Q
42Mélanie HéniqueFRA24.690.59Q
56Femke HeemskerkNED24.770.72Q
63Mariya KamenevaROC24.830.65
71Barbora SeemanováCZE24.920.60
87Etiene MedeirosBRA25.450.66

Heat Eleven (19:44)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Sarah SjöströmSWE24.260.64Q
23Katarzyna WasickPOL24.310.70Q
36Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.370.65Q
45Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.410.67Q
57Arina SurkovaROC24.520.70Q
68Julie JensenDEN24.700.67Q
71Siobhán HaugheyHKG24.750.74
DNS2Anna HopkinGBR

Semi-Finals (31 July 2021 — 11:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Emma McKeonAUS24.00Q OR
24Pernille BlumeDEN24.08Q
35Sarah SjöströmSWE24.13Q
46Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.19Q
53Katarzyna WasickPOL24.26Q
65Cate CampbellAUS24.27Q
76Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.29Q
=82Wu QingfengCHN24.32
=83Zhang YufeiCHN24.32
102Arina SurkovaROC24.57
=111Mélanie HéniqueFRA24.63
=117Simone ManuelUSA24.63
137Emma CheliusRSA24.64
148Marie WattelFRA24.76
158Fanny TeijonsaloFIN24.91
161Julie JensenDEN24.98

Heat One (11:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Pernille BlumeDEN24.080.65Q
25Sarah SjöströmSWE24.130.65Q
36Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.290.67Q
42Wu QingfengCHN24.320.67
53Zhang YufeiCHN24.320.62
67Emma CheliusRSA24.640.69
78Marie WattelFRA24.760.70
81Julie JensenDEN24.980.66

Heat Two (11:37)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Emma McKeonAUS24.000.72Q OR
26Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.190.65Q
33Katarzyna WasickPOL24.260.68Q
45Cate CampbellAUS24.270.76Q
52Arina SurkovaROC24.570.71
61Mélanie HéniqueFRA24.630.58
77Simone ManuelUSA24.630.67
88Fanny TeijonsaloFIN24.910.61

Final (30 July 2021 — 10:37)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Emma McKeonAUS23.810.70OR
23Sarah SjöströmSWE24.070.63
35Pernille BlumeDEN24.210.62
41Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.300.67
=52Katarzyna WasickPOL24.320.66
=58Wu QingfengCHN24.320.70
77Cate CampbellAUS24.360.76
86Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.410.64