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50 metres Freestyle, Men

Date14 – 16 August 2008
StatusOlympic
LocationBeijing Guojia Youyong Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants97 from 90 countries

The shortest race on the Olympic schedule was expected to be a sequel to the 100 freestyle which had taken place a few days earlier with France’s Alain Bernard and Eamon Sullivan of Australian once more to the fore. The two men had traded the world record between them in the early part of the Olympic year with Sullivan emerging as the current holder with a blistering performance at the Australian trials. Sullivan, perhaps smarting from his defeat in the 100, was not a factor in the final and the race instead marked the breakthrough of American-trained Brazilian César Cielo Filho. The NCAA champion fought off the challenges of Bernard and his compatriot Amaury Leveaux to record a historic victory for Brazil. It was the first time that a Brazilian swimmer had won an Olympic title.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1César Cielo FilhoBRA21.47 (1 h11)21.34 (1 h1)21.30 (1)Gold
2Amaury LeveauxFRA21.46 (1 h12)21.76 (=4 h2)21.45 (2)Silver
3Alain BernardFRA21.78 (2 h13)21.54 (1 h2)21.49 (3)Bronze
4Ashley CallusAUS22.11 (4 h13)21.68 (2 h2)21.62 (4)
5Ben Wildman-TobrinerUSA21.75 (=2 h12)21.76 (=4 h2)21.64 (5)
6Eamon SullivanAUS21.79 (3 h13)21.75 (3 h1)21.65 (6)
7Roland SchoemanRSA21.76 (1 h13)21.74 (3 h2)21.67 (7)
8Stefan NystrandSWE21.75 (=2 h12)21.71 (2 h1)21.72 (8)
9Krisztián TakácsHUN22.14 (5 h12)21.84 (4 h1)
10Duje DraganjaCRO22.05 (5 h11)21.85 (5 h1)
11George BovellTTO21.77 (2 h11)21.86 (6 h1)
12Gideon LouwRSA22.17 (6 h12)21.97 (7 h1)
14Garrett Weber-GaleUSA21.95 (3 h11)22.08 (6 h2)
13Rafed El-MasriGER21.96 (4 h12)22.09 (8 h1)
15Bartosz KizierowskiPOL22.15 (6 h11)22.12 (7 h2)
16Nicholas SantosBRA22.00 (4 h11)22.15 (8 h2)
17Andrey GrechinRUS22.20 (7 h12)
18Jernej GodecSLO22.21 (1 h10)
19Flori LangSUI22.27 (1 h8)
20David DunfordKEN22.29 (1 h9)
21Yevgeny LagunovRUS22.30 (5 h13)
22Javier NoriegaESP22.33 (7 h11)
=23Mark FosterGBR22.35 (=6 h13)
=23Salim IlesALG22.35 (=6 h13)
25Miko MälbergEST22.37 (2 h9)
26Apostolos TsagkarakisGRE22.39 (2 h10)
27Richard HortnessCAN22.42 (3 h10)
28Yoris GrandjeanBEL22.45 (4 h10)
29Matti RajakyläFIN22.48 (5 h10)
=30Cai LiCHN22.50 (=3 h9)
=30Alessandro CalviITA22.50 (=3 h9)
32Robert LijesenNED22.51 (6 h10)
33Jakob AndkjærDEN22.52 (7 h10)
34Jacinto AyalaDOM22.57 (2 h8)
35José MeolansARG22.58 (8 h10)
36Andrei RadzionauBLR22.65 (5 h9)
37Kaan TaylaTUR22.66 (8 h11)
38Steffen DeiblerGER22.67 (8 h13)
39Daniel CoakleyPHI22.69 (6 h9)
40Virdhawal KhadeIND22.73 (7 h9)
41Oliver ElliotCHI22.75 (1 h7)
42Yuriy YehoshynUKR22.77 (3 h8)
43Norbert TrandafirROU22.80 (2 h7)
44Árni ÁrnasonISL22.81 (3 h7)
=45Jevon AtkinsonJAM22.83 (4 h7)
=45Mohammad MadwaKUW22.83 (4 h8)
47Jonathan CamachoVEN22.87 (5 h8)
48Stanislav KuzminKAZ22.91 (5 h7)
49Camilo BecerraCOL22.93 (8 h9)
50Francisco PicassoURU23.01 (6 h8)
51Martyn FordeBAR23.08 (6 h7)
52Elvis BurrowsBAH23.19 (7 h8)
53Josh LabanISV23.28 (7 h7)
54Mohamed El-NadyEGY23.92 (8 h12)
55Yellow Yei YahNGR24.00 (1 h6)
56Vitaly VasilyevKGZ24.02 (8 h7)
57Rodion DavelaarAHO24.21 (2 h6)
58Rolandas GimbutisLTU24.36 (8 h8)
59Anas HamoudehJOR24.40 (3 h6)
60Luke HallSWZ24.41 (4 h6)
61Alain BrigionCMR24.53 (1 h5)
62Alois DansouBEN24.54 (1 h1)
63Sidni HoxhaALB24.56 (2 h5)
64Omar JasimBRN24.65 (2 h1)
65Zane JordanZAM24.82 (3 h5)
66Daniel LeeSRI24.92 (5 h6)
67Chakyl CamalMOZ24.93 (6 h6)
68Andrey MolchanovTKM25.02 (4 h5)
69Niall RobertsGUY25.13 (7 h6)
70Kerson HadleyFSM25.34 (5 h5)
71Stewart GlenisterASA25.45 (1 h4)
72John KamyukaBOT25.54 (6 h5)
73Hamza AbdoPLE25.60 (2 h4)
74Adil BaigPAK25.66 (7 h5)
75Yasser NúñezNCA26.00 (3 h1)
76Kouassi BrouCIV26.08 (8 h5)
77Zin KyawMYA26.17 (3 h4)
78Tural AbbasovAZE26.31 (4 h4)
79Hem Thon PonloeuCAM27.39 (5 h4)
80Charlton NyirendaMAW27.46 (1 h3)
81Prasiddha ShahNEP27.59 (6 h4)
82Gilbert KaburuUGA27.72 (7 h4)
83Jackson NiyomugaboRWA27.74 (2 h3)
84Khalid RushakaTAN28.50 (3 h3)
85Dwayne DidonSEY28.95 (4 h3)
86Mohamed CoulibalyMLI29.09 (5 h3)
87Alisher ChingizovTJK29.10 (6 h3)
88Ibrahim ShameelMDV29.28 (7 h3)
89Mamadou CisseGUI29.29 (8 h3)
90Thepphithak ChindavongLAO29.31 (1 h2)
91Mohamed AttoumaneCOM29.63 (8 h6)
92Rene YougbareBUR30.08 (2 h2)
93Ahmed AdamSUD30.12 (8 h4)
94Abdulsalam Al-GadabiYEM30.63 (3 h2)
95Mohamed AlhousseiniNIG30.90 (4 h2)
96Kareem ValentineANT31.23 (5 h2)
97Stany Kempompo NgangolaCOD35.19 (6 h2)

Round One (14 August 2008)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (18:33)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Alois DansouBEN24.540.77
25Omar JasimBRN24.650.82
33Yasser NúñezNCA26.000.73

Heat Two (18:35)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Thepphithak ChindavongLAO29.311.04
26Rene YougbareBUR30.081.01
34Abdulsalam Al-GadabiYEM30.630.85
45Mohamed AlhousseiniNIG30.901.23
52Kareem ValentineANT31.231.06
67Stany Kempompo NgangolaCOD35.191.11

Heat Three (18:37)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Charlton NyirendaMAW27.460.82
23Jackson NiyomugaboRWA27.741.01
37Khalid RushakaTAN28.500.81
46Dwayne DidonSEY28.950.75
58Mohamed CoulibalyMLI29.090.89
61Alisher ChingizovTJK29.100.92
72Ibrahim ShameelMDV29.280.67
84Mamadou CisseGUI29.290.73

Heat Four (18:40)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Stewart GlenisterASA25.450.71
23Hamza AbdoPLE25.600.71
35Zin KyawMYA26.170.79
46Tural AbbasovAZE26.310.77
51Hem Thon PonloeuCAM27.390.77
67Prasiddha ShahNEP27.590.77
78Gilbert KaburuUGA27.720.80
82Ahmed AdamSUD30.121.02

Heat Five (18:42)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
17Alain BrigionCMR24.530.66
25Sidni HoxhaALB24.560.71
34Zane JordanZAM24.820.67
43Andrey MolchanovTKM25.020.77
56Kerson HadleyFSM25.340.74
61John KamyukaBOT25.540.67
72Adil BaigPAK25.660.77
88Kouassi BrouCIV26.080.72

Heat Six (18:44)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Yellow Yei YahNGR24.000.76
25Rodion DavelaarAHO24.210.68
36Anas HamoudehJOR24.400.70
42Luke HallSWZ24.410.66
51Daniel LeeSRI24.920.75
67Chakyl CamalMOZ24.930.76
78Niall RobertsGUY25.130.76
83Mohamed AttoumaneCOM29.630.75

Heat Seven (18:46)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Oliver ElliotCHI22.750.72
22Norbert TrandafirROU22.800.76
38Árni ÁrnasonISL22.810.76
45Jevon AtkinsonJAM22.830.67
56Stanislav KuzminKAZ22.910.81
63Martyn FordeBAR23.080.64
71Josh LabanISV23.280.66
87Vitaly VasilyevKGZ24.020.85

Heat Eight (18:48)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Flori LangSUI22.270.61
28Jacinto AyalaDOM22.570.62
33Yuriy YehoshynUKR22.770.88
41Mohammad MadwaKUW22.830.68
56Jonathan CamachoVEN22.870.72
65Francisco PicassoURU23.010.68
72Elvis BurrowsBAH23.190.67
87Rolandas GimbutisLTU24.360.79

Heat Nine (18:50)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11David DunfordKEN22.290.77
26Miko MälbergEST22.370.65
=33Cai LiCHN22.500.72
=37Alessandro CalviITA22.500.75
52Andrei RadzionauBLR22.650.81
68Daniel CoakleyPHI22.690.68
75Virdhawal KhadeIND22.730.73
84Camilo BecerraCOL22.930.72

Heat Ten (18:53)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Jernej GodecSLO22.210.71
25Apostolos TsagkarakisGRE22.390.69
36Richard HortnessCAN22.420.65
47Yoris GrandjeanBEL22.450.74
51Matti RajakyläFIN22.480.67
63Robert LijesenNED22.510.73
72Jakob AndkjærDEN22.520.67
88José MeolansARG22.580.80

Heat Eleven (18:55)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15César Cielo FilhoBRA21.470.67QOR
21George BovellTTO21.770.67Q
34Garrett Weber-GaleUSA21.950.68Q
47Nicholas SantosBRA22.000.79Q
53Duje DraganjaCRO22.050.71Q
66Bartosz KizierowskiPOL22.150.70Q
72Javier NoriegaESP22.330.69
88Kaan TaylaTUR22.660.72

Heat Twelve (18:57)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Amaury LeveauxFRA21.460.75QOR
=23Stefan NystrandSWE21.750.80Q
=25Ben Wildman-TobrinerUSA21.750.77Q
47Rafed El-MasriGER21.960.76Q
56Krisztián TakácsHUN22.140.69Q
62Gideon LouwRSA22.170.76Q
71Andrey GrechinRUS22.200.73
88Mohamed El-NadyEGY23.920.75

Heat Thirteen (18:59)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Roland SchoemanRSA21.760.66Q
25Alain BernardFRA21.780.74Q
34Eamon SullivanAUS21.790.67Q
42Ashley CallusAUS22.110.67Q
51Yevgeny LagunovRUS22.300.73
=66Mark FosterGBR22.350.85
=68Salim IlesALG22.350.67
87Steffen DeiblerGER22.670.75

Semi-Finals (15 August 2008)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (10:03)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14César Cielo FilhoBRA21.340.67QOR
25Stefan NystrandSWE21.710.79Q
36Eamon SullivanAUS21.750.66Q
41Krisztián TakácsHUN21.840.67
57Duje DraganjaCRO21.850.71
63George BovellTTO21.860.67
78Gideon LouwRSA21.970.77
82Rafed El-MasriGER22.090.78

Heat Two (10:07)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Alain BernardFRA21.540.75Q
21Ashley CallusAUS21.680.67Q
33Roland SchoemanRSA21.740.66Q
=44Amaury LeveauxFRA21.760.79Q
=45Ben Wildman-TobrinerUSA21.760.75Q
62Garrett Weber-GaleUSA22.080.67
78Bartosz KizierowskiPOL22.120.70
87Nicholas SantosBRA22.150.81

Final (16 August 2008 — 10:40)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14César Cielo FilhoBRA21.300.68OR
21Amaury LeveauxFRA21.450.75
35Alain BernardFRA21.490.73
43Ashley CallusAUS21.620.67
58Ben Wildman-TobrinerUSA21.640.68
67Eamon SullivanAUS21.650.65
72Roland SchoemanRSA21.670.64
86Stefan NystrandSWE21.720.79