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50 metres Freestyle, Men

Date11 – 12 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants85 from 72 countries
Olympic Record 21.30 / César Cielo Filho BRA / 16 August 2008

As always the event was hard to predict because of the nature of the shortest sprint. France’s Florent Manaudou was the 2015 World Champion, the defending champion, and had the year’s fastest time of 21.41. American Nathan Adrian had won silver at the 2015 Worlds, and had the third fastest time of the year, also trailing Australian Cameron McEvoy. A medal longshot was felt to be the second American Anthony Ervin, who was a former champion in the event, but that was 16 years ago, in 2000.

Ervin stunned the swimming world by coming back to win the gold medal in 21.40, 16 years after he had done so in Sydney. Manaudou was only 1/100th back in second, while Adrian won the bronze medal in 21.49.

Ervin equaled the mark of Dara Torres, who won swimming gold medals 16 years apart, but hers included relays. Among male swimmers, Australian Frank Beaurepaire had won medals over 16 years (1908-24), but not golds. The record span for individual swimming gold medals was only 8 years, prior to Rio, although Michael Phelps won individual golds over 12 years, counting Rio. At 35 years, 78 days old on the day of the 50 metre final, Ervin became the oldest Olympic swimming gold medalist, surpassing Torres, who was 33-162 in 2000. The oldest previous individual gold medalst was Dutch woman Inge de Bruijn, also in the 50 freestyle, in 2004 at 30-363.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Anthony ErvinUSA21.63 (2 h10)21.46 (=1 h2)21.40 (1)Gold
2Florent ManaudouFRA21.72 (2 h11)21.32 (1 h1)21.41 (2)Silver
3Nathan AdrianUSA21.61 (1 h10)21.47 (2 h1)21.49 (3)Bronze
4Ben ProudGBR21.83 (=3 h10)21.54 (3 h2)21.68 (4)
5Andriy HovorovUKR21.49 (1 h11)21.46 (=1 h2)21.74 (5)
=6Bruno FratusBRA21.93 (3 h11)21.71 (=4 h2)21.79 (=6)
=6Brad TandyRSA21.94 (4 h9)21.80 (3 h1)21.79 (=6)
8Simonas BilisLTU22.01 (5 h11)21.71 (=4 h2)22.08 (8)
9Luca DottoITA21.87 (3 h9)21.84 (6 h2)
10Vladimir MorozovRUS21.81 (2 h9)21.88 (4 h1)
11Cameron McEvoyAUS21.80 (1 h9)21.89 (7 h2)
12Santo CondorelliCAN21.83 (=3 h10)21.97 (5 h1)
13Kristian GolomeevGRE21.93 (5 h10)21.98 (6 h1)
14Norbert TrandafirROU22.10 (6 h10)21.99 (7 h1)
15 Ítalo ManzineBRA21.96 (4 h11)22.05 (8 h2)
16Shinri ShiouraJPN22.01 (5 h9)22.18 (8 h1)
17Krisztián TakácsHUN22.12 (6 h11)
18Katsumi NakamuraJPN22.13 (7 h10)
19Damian WierlingGER22.18 (6 h9)
20Yu HexinCHN22.20 (1 h8)
21Renzo Tjon A JoeSUR22.23 (1 h7)
22Filip WypychPOL22.23 (2 h8)
23Ali KhalafallaEGY22.25 (2 h7)
24Ari-Pekka LiukkonenFIN22.25 (7 h11)
25Oussama SahnouneALG22.27 (3 h7)
26Fréd BousquetFRA22.27 (7 h9)
27George BovellTTO22.30 (3 h8)
28Aleksey BryanskyRUS22.33 (4 h8)
29Douglas ErasmusRSA22.37 (4 h7)
30Ning ZetaoCHN22.38 (5 h8)
31Federico GrabichARG22.44 (5 h7)
32Geoffrey CheahHKG22.46 (1 h6)
33Odysseus MeladinisGRE22.47 (6 h8)
34Matt AboodAUS22.47 (8 h10)
35Yuri KisilCAN22.50 (6 h7)
36Paweł JuraszekPOL22.50 (8 h9)
37Federico BocchiaITA22.54 (8 h11)
38François HeersbrandtBEL22.58 (7 h8)
39Jasper AerentsBEL22.61 (7 h7)
40Mario TodorovićCRO22.65 (2 h6)
41Sidni HoxhaALB22.80 (1 h1)
42Ziv KalontarovISR22.80 (8 h8)
43Shane RyanIRL22.88 (3 h6)
44Cristian QuinteroVEN22.92 (4 h6)
45Jordan AugierLCA23.28 (5 h6)
46José QuintanillaBOL23.35 (6 h6)
47Vahan MkhitaryanARM23.50 (7 h6)
48Abdoul NianeSEN23.66 (1 h5)
49Hilal HilalTAN23.70 (1 h4)
50Anthony BarbarLBN23.77 (8 h6)
=51Meli MalaniFIJ23.88 (=2 h5)
=51Maksim InićMNE23.88 (=2 h5)
53Ahmad AttelleseyLBA23.89 (4 h5)
54Mohammad Mahfizur RahmanBAN23.92 (5 h5)
55Abeiku JacksonGHA24.30 (6 h5)
56Adam ViktoraSEY24.32 (2 h1)
57Lum ZhaveliKOS24.53 (7 h5)
58Farhan FarhanBRN24.61 (2 h4)
59Samson OpuakpoNGR24.85 (3 h4)
60Batsaikhanyn DölgöönMGL24.90 (8 h5)
61Nikolas SylvesterVIN25.64 (1 h2)
62Olim KurbanovTJK25.77 (4 h4)
63Giordan HarrisMHL25.81 (5 h4)
64Joshua TibatemwaUGA25.98 (6 h4)
65Dionisio AugustineFSM26.17 (1 h3)
66Billy-Scott IrakoseBDI26.36 (7 h4)
67Thierry SawadogoBUR26.38 (2 h2)
68Eloi ImaniraguhaRWA26.43 (8 h4)
69Santisouk InthavongLAO26.54 (2 h3)
70Albachir MouctarNIG26.56 (3 h2)
71Ibrahim NishwanMDV26.72 (3 h3)
72Shawn Dingilius-WallacePLW26.78 (4 h3)
73Osman KamaraSLE26.90 (4 h2)
74Bourhan AbroDJI27.13 (5 h2)
75Maël AmbonguilatGAB27.21 (3 h1)
76Soule Soilihi AthoumaneCOM27.31 (5 h3)
77Jules BessanBEN27.32 (6 h3)
78Amadou CamaraGUI27.35 (7 h3)
79Pap JongaGAM27.48 (8 h3)
80Eméric KpegbaTOG27.67 (6 h2)
81Abdelaziz Mohamed AhmedSUD27.71 (7 h2)
82Dienov Andrés KokaCGO28.00 (8 h2)
83Brave LifaMAW28.54 (4 h1)
84Christian NassifCAF30.00 (5 h1)
85Frantz DorsainvilHAI30.86 (6 h1)
DNSErik RisolvatoPUR– (DNS h7)1

Round One (11 August 2016 — 13:02)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:02)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Sidni HoxhaALB22.800.72
27Adam ViktoraSEY24.320.70
35Maël AmbonguilatGAB27.210.70
44Brave LifaMAW28.540.64
52Christian NassifCAF30.000.74
66Frantz DorsainvilHAI30.860.75

Heat Two (13:04)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11Nikolas SylvesterVIN25.640.61
27Thierry SawadogoBUR26.380.73
34Albachir MouctarNIG26.560.77
45Osman KamaraSLE26.900.69
52Bourhan AbroDJI27.130.77
66Eméric KpegbaTOG27.670.72
73Abdelaziz Mohamed AhmedSUD27.710.69
88Dienov Andrés KokaCGO28.000.74

Heat Three (13:06)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Dionisio AugustineFSM26.170.65
28Santisouk InthavongLAO26.540.69
34Ibrahim NishwanMDV26.720.71
46Shawn Dingilius-WallacePLW26.780.78
51Soule Soilihi AthoumaneCOM27.310.77
62Jules BessanBEN27.320.79
73Amadou CamaraGUI27.350.74
87Pap JongaGAM27.480.85

Heat Four (13:08)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Hilal HilalTAN23.700.65
25Farhan FarhanBRN24.610.69
33Samson OpuakpoNGR24.850.78
48Olim KurbanovTJK25.770.71
57Giordan HarrisMHL25.810.68
66Joshua TibatemwaUGA25.980.73
71Billy-Scott IrakoseBDI26.360.78
82Eloi ImaniraguhaRWA26.430.68

Heat Five (13:10)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Abdoul NianeSEN23.660.74
=24Meli MalaniFIJ23.880.67
=25Maksim InićMNE23.880.74
43Ahmad AttelleseyLBA23.890.71
57Mohammad Mahfizur RahmanBAN23.920.68
68Abeiku JacksonGHA24.300.65
71Lum ZhaveliKOS24.530.70
82Batsaikhanyn DölgöönMGL24.900.72

Heat Six (13:12)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Geoffrey CheahHKG22.460.63
25Mario TodorovićCRO22.650.67
36Shane RyanIRL22.880.67
43Cristian QuinteroVEN22.920.66
52Jordan AugierLCA23.280.66
67José QuintanillaBOL23.350.67
71Vahan MkhitaryanARM23.500.69
88Anthony BarbarLBN23.770.70

Heat Seven (13:14)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
18Renzo Tjon A JoeSUR22.230.64
22Ali KhalafallaEGY22.250.62
31Oussama SahnouneALG22.270.71
47Douglas ErasmusRSA22.370.64
56Federico GrabichARG22.440.64
63Yuri KisilCAN22.500.70
74Jasper AerentsBEL22.610.65
DNS4Erik RisolvatoPUR2

Heat Eight (13:16)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Yu HexinCHN22.200.63
24Filip WypychPOL22.230.66
37George BovellTTO22.300.70
43Aleksey BryanskyRUS22.330.70
58Ning ZetaoCHN22.380.71
65Odysseus MeladinisGRE22.470.64
71François HeersbrandtBEL22.580.68
86Ziv KalontarovISR22.800.66

Heat Nine (13:18)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Cameron McEvoyAUS21.800.62Q
25Vladimir MorozovRUS21.810.64Q
32Luca DottoITA21.870.64Q
46Brad TandyRSA21.940.61Q
57Shinri ShiouraJPN22.010.67Q
63Damian WierlingGER22.180.67
71Fréd BousquetFRA22.270.71
88Paweł JuraszekPOL22.500.61

Heat Ten (13:20)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Nathan AdrianUSA21.610.67Q
25Anthony ErvinUSA21.630.72Q
=33Ben ProudGBR21.830.61Q
=37Santo CondorelliCAN21.830.66Q
56Kristian GolomeevGRE21.930.72Q
68Norbert TrandafirROU22.100.65Q
72Katsumi NakamuraJPN22.130.68
81Matt AboodAUS22.470.71

Heat Eleven (13:22)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Andriy HovorovUKR21.490.60Q
24Florent ManaudouFRA21.720.65Q
35Bruno FratusBRA21.930.73Q
46 Ítalo ManzineBRA21.960.66Q
58Simonas BilisLTU22.010.70Q
62Krisztián TakácsHUN22.120.70
77Ari-Pekka LiukkonenFIN22.250.67
81Federico BocchiaITA22.540.80

Semi-Finals (11 August 2016 — 22:03)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (22:03)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Florent ManaudouFRA21.320.65Q
24Nathan AdrianUSA21.470.64Q
37Brad TandyRSA21.800.59Q
43Vladimir MorozovRUS21.880.62
56Santo CondorelliCAN21.970.63
62Kristian GolomeevGRE21.980.69
78Norbert TrandafirROU21.990.65
81Shinri ShiouraJPN22.180.66

Heat Two (22:10)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
=14Andriy HovorovUKR21.460.63Q
=15Anthony ErvinUSA21.460.72Q
36Ben ProudGBR21.540.61Q
=47Bruno FratusBRA21.710.67Q
=48Simonas BilisLTU21.710.69Q
62Luca DottoITA21.840.66
73Cameron McEvoyAUS21.890.61
81 Ítalo ManzineBRA22.050.64

Final (12 August 2016 — 22:44)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Anthony ErvinUSA21.400.69
24Florent ManaudouFRA21.410.63
36Nathan AdrianUSA21.490.69
42Ben ProudGBR21.680.62
55Andriy HovorovUKR21.740.61
=67Bruno FratusBRA21.790.71
=68Brad TandyRSA21.790.60
81Simonas BilisLTU22.080.70