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50 metres Freestyle, Women

Date12 – 13 August 2016
StatusOlympic
LocationEstádio Aquático Olímpico, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants89 from 75 countries
Olympic Record 24.05 / Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED / 4 August 2012

Australian Cate Campbell had been expected to sweep the 50-100 sprint freestyles in Rio, but she had already stumbled in the 100, placing sixth and not even making the podium. Her biggest challenger was expected to be her sister, Bronte Campbell, who had won the 2015 World title in the event. Defending gold medalist Ranomi Kromowidjojo from the Netherlands had finished second to Bronte at Kazan and had recently won the 2016 European Championships. Other contenders included Sweden’s Sarah Sjoström, Great Britain’s Fran Halsall, and the two Americans, Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel.

Note that that list did not include Denmark’s Pernille Blume, previously known primarily as a short-course sprinter. Despite the absence of any turns, she came through in Rio for the gold medal, setting a Danish record of 24.07, with Manuel taking silver in 24.09. The bronze was another upset, going to Belarussian Aleksandra Gerasimenya, who had been the silver medalist in London, but done very little since then. Cate and Bronte finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in what was a very disappointing Olympics for them. The final was incredibly close, with only 12/100ths of a second separating 1st and 6th place.

PosSwimmerNOCR1SFFinal
1Pernille BlumeDEN24.23 (1 h12)24.28 (1 h2)24.07 (1)Gold
2Simone ManuelUSA24.71 (4 h11)24.44 (4 h2)24.09 (2)Silver
3Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR24.42 (1 h10)24.53 (5 h2)24.11 (3)Bronze
4Fran HalsallGBR24.26 (1 h11)24.41 (1 h1)24.13 (4)
5Cate CampbellAUS24.52 (3 h11)24.32 (2 h2)24.15 (5)
6Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.57 (=3 h10)24.39 (3 h2)24.19 (6)
7Bronte CampbellAUS24.45 (2 h12)24.43 (2 h1)24.42 (7)
8Etiene MedeirosBRA24.82 (6 h11)24.45 (3 h1)24.69 (8)
9Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceBAH24.77 (=4 h12)24.60 (4 h1)
10Chantal Van LandeghemCAN24.57 (=3 h10)24.61 (5 h1)
11Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN24.48 (2 h11)24.62 (6 h1)
12Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.48 (2 h10)24.67 (6 h2)
13Sarah SjöströmSWE24.66 (3 h12)24.69 (7 h1)
14Dorothea BrandtGER24.77 (=4 h12)24.71 (7 h2)
15Therèse AlshammarSWE24.73 (5 h11)24.72 (8 h1)
16Inge DekkerNED24.77 (1 h9)25.31 (8 h2)
17Silvia Di PietroITA24.89 (7 h11)
18Farida OsmanEGY24.91 (2 h9)
19Liu XiangCHN24.91 (5 h10)
20Michelle WilliamsCAN24.91 (6 h12)
21Anna SantamansFRA24.93 (6 h10)
22Vanessa GarcíaPUR24.94 (1 h8)
23Rozaliya NasretdinovaRUS24.94 (8 h11)
24Susann BjørnsenNOR25.05 (1 h7)
25Flóra MolnárHUN25.07 (7 h10)
26Julie MeynenLUX25.12 (2 h7)
27Yuliya KhitrayaBLR25.18 (3 h9)
28Liliana IbáñezMEX25.25 (3 h7)
29Aleksandra Urbańczyk-OlejarczykPOL25.28 (4 h9)
30Isabella ArcilaCOL25.35 (4 h7)
31Mélanie HéniqueFRA25.36 (2 h8)
32Theodora DrakouGRE25.36 (5 h9)
33Zohar ShiklerISR25.38 (3 h8)
34Erika FerraioliITA25.40 (4 h8)
35Andi MurezISR25.41 (6 h9)
36Rikako IkeeJPN25.45 (7 h9)
37Anna DowgiertPOL25.54 (5 h8)
38Nataliya LovtsovaRUS25.55 (7 h12)
39Birgit KoschischekAUT25.58 (6 h8)
40Graciele HerrmannBRA25.60 (8 h10)
41Sasha TouretskiSUI25.66 (5 h7)
42Dar'ia StepaniukUKR25.67 (8 h9)
43Yayoi MatsumotoJPN25.73 (7 h8)
44Camille ChengHKG25.92 (6 h7)
45Allyson PonsonARU26.00 (7 h7)
46Karen TorrezBOL26.16 (1 h6)
47Naomi RueleBOT26.23 (2 h6)
48Elinah PhillipIVB26.26 (3 h6)
49Bayan JumahSYR26.41 (4 h6)
50Lin Pei-WunTPE26.41 (8 h7)
51Talita BaqlahJOR26.48 (5 h6)
52Rebecca HeyligerBER26.54 (6 h6)
53Nicola MuscatMLT26.60 (7 h6)
54Faye SultanIOA26.86 (1 h5)
55Dorian McMenemyDOM27.37 (8 h6)
56Naomy Grand'PierreHAI27.46 (2 h5)
57Samantha RobertsANT27.95 (3 h5)
58Colleen FurgesonMHL28.16 (1 h4)
59Noura ManaMAR28.20 (4 h5)
60Bayaryn YosüiMGL28.40 (2 h4)
61Irene PrescottTGA28.68 (5 h5)
62Mary Al-AtrashPLE28.76 (3 h4)
63Jamila SanmooganGUY28.88 (6 h5)
64Lianna SwanPAK29.02 (7 h5)
65UB MisechPLW29.19 (1 h3)
66Hem Thon VitinyCAM29.37 (4 h4)
67Angelika OuédraogoBUR29.44 (2 h3)
68Magdalena MoshiTAN29.44 (5 h4)
69Sonia AkterBAN29.99 (3 h3)
70Thet Ei EiMYA30.25 (1 h1)
71Ammara PintoMAW30.32 (6 h4)
72Debra DanielFSM30.83 (7 h4)
73Anastasiya TyurinaTJK31.15 (1 h2)
74Fatema Al-MahmeedBRN32.28 (2 h1)
75Rahel GebresilassieETH32.51 (4 h3)
76Siri BudcharernLAO32.55 (5 h3)
77Laraiba SeibouBEN33.01 (2 h2)
78Nada Al-BedwawiUAE33.42 (3 h1)
79Adzo KpossiTOG33.44 (6 h3)
80Elsie UwamahoroBDI33.70 (7 h3)
81Stefan Bellore SangalaCGO33.71 (3 h2)
82Fatoumata SamassékouMLI33.71 (8 h3)
83Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG35.60 (4 h2)
84Haneen IbrahimSUD36.23 (5 h2)
85Chloé SauvourelCAF37.15 (6 h2)
86Nazlati MohamedCOM37.66 (7 h2)
87Mariama SowGUI39.85 (8 h2)
88Bunturabie JallohSLE39.93 (4 h1)
ACAwa Ly NdiayeSEN– (AC h4)DSQ
DNSMonika VasilyanARM– (DNS h5)
DNSTheodora GiareniGRE– (DNS h8)1
DNSChen XinyiCHN– (DNS h12)2

Round One (12 August 2016 — 13:02)

Fastest 16 swimmers advanced to semi-finals

Heat One (13:02)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Thet Ei EiMYA30.250.88
23Fatema Al-MahmeedBRN32.280.76
35Nada Al-BedwawiUAE33.420.70
44Bunturabie JallohSLE39.930.88

Heat Two (13:05)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Anastasiya TyurinaTJK31.150.78
26Laraiba SeibouBEN33.010.82
34Stefan Bellore SangalaCGO33.710.75
47Roukaya Moussa MahamaneNIG35.600.89
55Haneen IbrahimSUD36.230.86
68Chloé SauvourelCAF37.150.98
73Nazlati MohamedCOM37.660.73
81Mariama SowGUI39.850.85

Heat Three (13:08)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13UB MisechPLW29.190.71
24Angelika OuédraogoBUR29.440.80
35Sonia AkterBAN29.990.82
46Rahel GebresilassieETH32.510.91
57Siri BudcharernLAO32.550.75
68Adzo KpossiTOG33.440.83
71Elsie UwamahoroBDI33.700.83
82Fatoumata SamassékouMLI33.710.89

Heat Four (13:11)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Colleen FurgesonMHL28.160.72
26Bayaryn YosüiMGL28.400.74
37Mary Al-AtrashPLE28.760.73
48Hem Thon VitinyCAM29.370.70
55Magdalena MoshiTAN29.440.80
62Ammara PintoMAW30.320.64
71Debra DanielFSM30.830.75
AC3Awa Ly NdiayeSENDSQ

Heat Five (13:14)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Faye SultanIOA26.860.73
23Naomy Grand'PierreHAI27.460.73
35Samantha RobertsANT27.950.83
42Noura ManaMAR28.200.69
58Irene PrescottTGA28.680.81
67Jamila SanmooganGUY28.880.72
71Lianna SwanPAK29.020.66
DNS4Monika VasilyanARM

Heat Six (13:17)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Karen TorrezBOL26.160.62
24Naomi RueleBOT26.230.70
38Elinah PhillipIVB26.260.63
43Bayan JumahSYR26.410.71
57Talita BaqlahJOR26.480.78
65Rebecca HeyligerBER26.540.68
76Nicola MuscatMLT26.600.71
81Dorian McMenemyDOM27.370.74

Heat Seven (13:20)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Susann BjørnsenNOR25.050.72
26Julie MeynenLUX25.120.62
35Liliana IbáñezMEX25.250.71
42Isabella ArcilaCOL25.350.61
53Sasha TouretskiSUI25.660.63
68Camille ChengHKG25.920.66
77Allyson PonsonARU26.000.72
81Lin Pei-WunTPE26.410.74

Heat Eight (13:23)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
18Vanessa GarcíaPUR24.940.63
24Mélanie HéniqueFRA25.360.62
37Zohar ShiklerISR25.380.79
43Erika FerraioliITA25.400.69
55Anna DowgiertPOL25.540.65
66Birgit KoschischekAUT25.580.68
71Yayoi MatsumotoJPN25.730.73
DNS1Theodora GiareniGRE3

Heat Nine (13:26)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
17Inge DekkerNED24.770.69Q
24Farida OsmanEGY24.910.70
36Yuliya KhitrayaBLR25.180.70
45Aleksandra Urbańczyk-OlejarczykPOL25.280.66
53Theodora DrakouGRE25.360.62
68Andi MurezISR25.410.75
72Rikako IkeeJPN25.450.66
81Dar'ia StepaniukUKR25.670.73

Heat Ten (13:29)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR24.420.70Q
25Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.480.67Q
=33Chantal Van LandeghemCAN24.570.69Q
=34Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.570.67Q
57Liu XiangCHN24.910.68
62Anna SantamansFRA24.930.60
78Flóra MolnárHUN25.070.65
81Graciele HerrmannBRA25.600.65

Heat Eleven (13:32)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Fran HalsallGBR24.260.70Q
26Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN24.480.64Q
34Cate CampbellAUS24.520.82Q
43Simone ManuelUSA24.710.69Q
57Therèse AlshammarSWE24.730.62Q
62Etiene MedeirosBRA24.820.61Q
78Silvia Di PietroITA24.890.64
81Rozaliya NasretdinovaRUS24.940.70

Heat Twelve (13:35)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Pernille BlumeDEN24.230.63Q
24Bronte CampbellAUS24.450.67Q
35Sarah SjöströmSWE24.660.70Q
=43Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceBAH24.770.62Q
=47Dorothea BrandtGER24.770.67Q
61Michelle WilliamsCAN24.910.70
78Nataliya LovtsovaRUS25.550.76
DNS2Chen XinyiCHN4

Semi-Finals (12 August 2016 — 23:12)

Fastest eight swimmers advanced to final

Heat One (23:12)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Fran HalsallGBR24.410.69Q
25Bronte CampbellAUS24.430.67Q
38Etiene MedeirosBRA24.450.63Q
41Arianna Vanderpool-WallaceBAH24.600.64
56Chantal Van LandeghemCAN24.610.70
63Jeanette Ottesen GrayDEN24.620.66
72Sarah SjöströmSWE24.690.69
87Therèse AlshammarSWE24.720.64

Heat Two (23:19)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Pernille BlumeDEN24.280.65Q
26Cate CampbellAUS24.320.82Q
32Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.390.67Q
47Simone ManuelUSA24.440.67Q
55Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR24.530.68Q
63Abbey WeitzeilUSA24.670.66
78Dorothea BrandtGER24.710.71
81Inge DekkerNED25.310.72

Final (13 August 2016 — 22:03)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Pernille BlumeDEN24.070.62
27Simone ManuelUSA24.090.68
38Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBLR24.110.68
46Fran HalsallGBR24.130.69
55Cate CampbellAUS24.150.78
63Ranomi KromowidjojoNED24.190.66
72Bronte CampbellAUS24.420.65
81Etiene MedeirosBRA24.690.65