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50 metres Freestyle, Men

Date30 July 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants75 from 51 countries

Coming in to Barcelona Tom Jager and Matt Biondi had 23 of the 24 fastest times in the event. They had set the last nine world records, with six by Jager. At Seoul, they had won gold and silver, with Biondi winning the gold in a slight upset. But apparently Russian Aleksandr Popov had not read all this. He had already won gold in Barcelona in the 100 free. In May he had set a European record of 22.30 in this event and he led the qualifiers with another record of 22.21, although well off Jager’s world record of 21.81. Popov won the final in 21.91, the third fastest performance ever, with Biondi second and Jager third. Popov would return to Atlanta in four years and defend both titles in the 50 and 100 free, winning the sprint freestyle double-double. Between 1994 and 2003 he would five individual World titles in the events, three in 100 free and two in 50 free.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Aleksandr PopovEUN22.21 (1 h8)21.91 (1)Gold
2Matt BiondiUSA22.32 (1 h10)22.09 (2)Silver
3Tom JagerUSA22.45 (1 h9)22.30 (3)Bronze
=4Christophe KalfayanFRA22.70 (=3 h9)22.50 (=4)
=4Peter WilliamsRSA22.65 (2 h9)22.50 (=4)
6Mark FosterGBR22.72 (3 h10)22.52 (6)
7Gennady PrigodaEUN22.57 (2 h10)22.54 (7)
8Nils RudolphGER22.70 (=3 h9)22.73 (8)
9Darren LangeAUS23.01 (=3 h8)22.69 (1)
10Raimundas MažuolisLTU22.77 (2 h8)22.71 (2)
=11Mark PingerGER22.88 (5 h9)22.88 (=3)
=11Pär LindströmSWE22.92 (=4 h10)22.88 (=3)
13Gustavo BorgesBRA23.10 (5 h8)23.01 (5)
14René GuspertiITA22.92 (=4 h10)23.04 (6)
15Angus WaddellAUS23.10 (6 h10)23.06 (7)
16Dano HalsallSUI23.15 (6 h8)23.18 (8)
17Stéphan CaronFRA23.01 (=3 h8)1
18Krzysztof CwalinaPOL23.20 (7 h8)
19Mike FibbensGBR23.27 (7 h10)
20Stavros MikhailidisCYP23.34 (1 h6)
21Allan MurrayBAH23.35 (6 h9)
22Darryl CronjeRSA23.39 (7 h9)
23Mladen KaporIOA23.42 (1 h1)
24Ricardo BusquetsPUR23.44 (1 h7)
25Stéfan VolérySUI23.47 (2 h7)
26Nikos PaleokrassasGRE23.51 (3 h7)
27Rodrigo GonzálezMEX23.52 (4 h7)
28Nikos SteliouGRE23.55 (5 h7)
29Franz MortensenDEN23.61 (8 h10)
30Janne BlomqvistFIN23.63 (1 h5)
31Indrek SeiEST23.68 (8 h8)
32Yoav BruckISR23.72 (6 h7)
33Enrico LinscheerSUR23.74 (2 h6)
=34Nick SandersNZL23.79 (7 h7)
=34Todd TorresPUR23.79 (1 h4)
36Paulo TrindadePOR23.81 (8 h7)
=37Mohamed El-AzoulEGY23.87 (=3 h6)
=37Mark WeldonNZL23.87 (=3 h6)
39Michael WrightHKG23.90 (5 h6)
40Stephen ClarkeCAN23.95 (2 h5)
=41Teófilo FerreiraBRA24.13 (3 h5)
=41Musa BakareNGR24.13 (6 h6)
43Pedro LimaANG24.14 (4 h5)
44Geri MewettBER24.20 (5 h5)
45Ian RaynorBER24.23 (6 h5)
46Ivor Le RouxZIM24.32 (1 h3)
47Toshiaki KurasawaJPN24.61 (2 h4)
48Laurent AlfredISV24.66 (3 h4)
49Mouhamed DiopSEN24.69 (2 h1)
50Frank LeskajALB24.72 (7 h6)
51Rory McGownZIM24.75 (4 h4)
52Patrick SagisiGUM24.78 (5 h4)
53Marc VerbeeckBEL24.85 (7 h5)
54Adrian RomeroGUM25.12 (1 h2)
55Plutarco CastellanosHON25.27 (2 h3)
56Kenneth YeoSGP25.29 (6 h4)
57Bruno N'DiayeSEN25.35 (3 h1)
58Ivan RobertsSEY25.44 (2 h2)
59Wu Tat CheungHKG25.45 (3 h3)
60Andrés SedanoGUA25.53 (4 h3)
61Émile LahoudLBN25.76 (5 h3)
62Mohamed Bin AbidUAE25.79 (3 h2)
63Gustavo BúcaroGUA25.84 (6 h3)
64Ahmad FarajUAE25.91 (7 h3)
65Carl ProbertFIJ26.31 (4 h2)
66Filippo PivaSMR26.41 (5 h2)
67Roberto PellandraSMR26.51 (6 h2)
68Kenny RobertsSEY26.78 (7 h2)
69Gilles CoudrayCGO28.11 (4 h1)
70Foy Gordon ChungFIJ28.75 (5 h1)
71Ahmed ImthiyazMDV29.27 (6 h1)
72Mohamed RasheedMDV30.37 (7 h1)
ACTsutomu NakanoJPN– (AC h4)DQ
ACYves ClausseLUX– (AC h5)DQ
ACJosé MossianeMOZ– (AC h4)DQ
DNSJoakim HolmquistSWE– (DNS h9)

Round One (30 July 1992 — 13:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Swimmers placing 9th-16th advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
16Mladen KaporIOA23.42
27Mouhamed DiopSEN24.69
32Bruno N'DiayeSEN25.35
41Gilles CoudrayCGO28.11
54Foy Gordon ChungFIJ28.75
65Ahmed ImthiyazMDV29.27
73Mohamed RasheedMDV30.37

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Adrian RomeroGUM25.12
23Ivan RobertsSEY25.44
35Mohamed Bin AbidUAE25.79
47Carl ProbertFIJ26.31
52Filippo PivaSMR26.41
66Roberto PellandraSMR26.51
71Kenny RobertsSEY26.78

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
15Ivor Le RouxZIM24.32
24Plutarco CastellanosHON25.27
33Wu Tat CheungHKG25.45
42Andrés SedanoGUA25.53
56Émile LahoudLBN25.76
61Gustavo BúcaroGUA25.84
77Ahmad FarajUAE25.91

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
17Todd TorresPUR23.79
21Toshiaki KurasawaJPN24.61
33Laurent AlfredISV24.66
48Rory McGownZIM24.75
56Patrick SagisiGUM24.78
62Kenneth YeoSGP25.29
AC5José MossianeMOZDQ
AC4Tsutomu NakanoJPNDQ

Heat Five

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
15Janne BlomqvistFIN23.63
23Stephen ClarkeCAN23.95
37Teófilo FerreiraBRA24.13
44Pedro LimaANG24.14
51Geri MewettBER24.20
62Ian RaynorBER24.23
78Marc VerbeeckBEL24.85
AC6Yves ClausseLUXDQ

Heat Six

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
15Stavros MikhailidisCYP23.34
22Enrico LinscheerSUR23.74
=31Mark WeldonNZL23.87
=34Mohamed El-AzoulEGY23.87
53Michael WrightHKG23.90
66Musa BakareNGR24.13
78Frank LeskajALB24.72

Heat Seven

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
12Ricardo BusquetsPUR23.44
24Stéfan VolérySUI23.47
35Nikos PaleokrassasGRE23.51
48Rodrigo GonzálezMEX23.52
53Nikos SteliouGRE23.55
67Yoav BruckISR23.72
71Nick SandersNZL23.79
86Paulo TrindadePOR23.81

Heat Eight

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Aleksandr PopovEUN22.21Q
25Raimundas MažuolisLTU22.77q
=33Darren LangeAUS23.01q
=36Stéphan CaronFRA23.01q
52Gustavo BorgesBRA23.10q
67Dano HalsallSUI23.15
78Krzysztof CwalinaPOL23.20
81Indrek SeiEST23.68

Heat Nine

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Tom JagerUSA22.45Q
23Peter WilliamsRSA22.65Q
=36Christophe KalfayanFRA22.70Q
=35Nils RudolphGER22.70Q
52Mark PingerGER22.88q
61Allan MurrayBAH23.35
78Darryl CronjeRSA23.39
DNS7Joakim HolmquistSWE

Heat Ten

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Matt BiondiUSA22.32Q
21Gennady PrigodaEUN22.57Q
35Mark FosterGBR22.72Q
=43Pär LindströmSWE22.92q
=47René GuspertiITA22.92q
62Angus WaddellAUS23.10q
76Mike FibbensGBR23.27
88Franz MortensenDEN23.61

B Final (30 July 1992 — 20:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
12Darren LangeAUS22.69
24Raimundas MažuolisLTU22.71
=36Pär LindströmSWE22.88
=35Mark PingerGER22.88
51Gustavo BorgesBRA23.01
63René GuspertiITA23.04
77Angus WaddellAUS23.06
88Dano HalsallSUI23.18

Final (30 July 1992 — 20:30)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTime
14Aleksandr PopovEUN21.91OR
25Matt BiondiUSA22.09
33Tom JagerUSA22.30
=42Christophe KalfayanFRA22.50
=41Peter WilliamsRSA22.50
68Mark FosterGBR22.52
76Gennady PrigodaEUN22.54
87Nils RudolphGER22.73