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50 metres Freestyle, Men

Date25 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants64 from 58 countries

In 1992 Aleksandr Popov was an outsider to win an Olympic title but things were very different when he came to defend the two gold medals in Atlanta. The four years between Olympics had been good for Popov and he was undefeated in major championships at both 50 and 100 metres freestyle since the Barcelona Games.

Popov’s main danger for the gold medal was Gary Hall, Jr. and the two men enjoyed a fierce rivalry and regularly swapped insults through newspaper interviews. The Russian had already defeated Hall in the 100 metres freestyle and repeated the feat in the shorter event. For 40 metres Popov and Hall were level but the defending champion finished the quicker and won by 0.13 of a second.

The bronze medalist, Xuxa Scherer of Brazil, was one of three men who tied for the seventh qualifying place for the final and only qualified via a swim-off.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Aleksandr PopovRUS22.22 (1 h9)22.13 (1)Gold
2Gary Hall, Jr.USA22.36 (1 h8)22.26 (2)Silver
3Xuxa SchererBRA22.68 (3 h8)22.29 (3)Bronze
4Jiang ChengjiCHN22.55 (1 h7)22.33 (4)
5Brendon DedekindRSA22.60 (2 h8)22.59 (5)
6David FoxUSA22.64 (2 h9)22.68 (6)
7Francisco SánchezVEN22.68 (=2 h7)22.72 (7)
8Ricardo BusquetsPUR22.61 (1 h6)22.73 (8)
9Pieter van den HoogenbandNED22.82 (4 h9)22.67 (1)
10Bengt ZikarskyGER22.68 (=2 h7)22.73 (2)
11Yuriy VlasovUKR22.77 (5 h8)22.82 (3)
=12Allan MurrayBAH22.75 (3 h9)22.92 (=4)
=12Gustavo BorgesBRA22.86 (5 h9)22.92 (=4)
=14Christophe KalfayanFRA22.83 (6 h8)22.96 (=6)
=14René GuspertiITA22.85 (4 h7)22.96 (=6)
16Mark FosterGBR22.73 (4 h8)23.01 (8)
17Pavlo KhnykinUKR22.91 (5 h7)
=18Chris FydlerAUS22.98 (6 h9)
=18Raimundas MažuolisLTU22.98 (6 h7)
20Vladimir PredkinRUS23.03 (7 h8)
21Alexander LüderitzGER23.06 (7 h7)
22Aleh RukhlevichBLR23.12 (7 h9)
23José MeolansARG23.21 (8 h7)
24Yoav BruckISR23.22 (8 h9)
25Felipe DelgadoECU23.26 (2 h6)
=26Indrek SeiEST23.29 (=3 h6)
=26Sergey BorisenkoKAZ23.29 (=3 h6)
28Bartosz KizierowskiPOL23.34 (5 h6)
29Sion BrinnJAM23.35 (1 h5)
30Juan BenavidesESP23.36 (6 h6)
31Stavros MikhailidisCYP23.37 (2 h5)
32Enrico LinscheerSUR23.45 (3 h5)
33Pär LindströmSWE23.47 (7 h6)
34Georgios GiziotisGRE23.56 (8 h6)
35Yukihiro MatsushitaJPN23.60 (1 h4)
=36Salim IlesALG23.61 (=2 h4)
=36Dzmitry KalinovskiBLR23.61 (8 h8)
=36Janne BlomqvistFIN23.61 (=2 h4)
39Hugues LegaultCAN23.63 (4 h5)
=40Nick TongueNZL23.73 (1 h3)
=40Paulo TrindadePOR23.73 (5 h5)
42Arthur LiHKG23.77 (2 h3)
43Maxim CazmirciucMDA23.78 (3 h3)
44Richard BeraINA23.80 (6 h5)
45Ravil NachayevUZB23.93 (4 h4)
46Darrick BollingerGUM23.97 (4 h3)
47Tamer ZinhomEGY24.02 (5 h4)
48Nick O'HareIRL24.03 (7 h5)
49Sebastian XavierIND24.15 (6 h4)
50Alen LončarCRO24.17 (7 h4)
51Kaan BerberoğluTUR24.37 (5 h3)
52Vitaly VasilyevKGZ24.54 (8 h4)
53Khemo RiveraISV24.62 (1 h2)
54Howard HindsAHO24.63 (2 h2)
55Tamás KerékjártóHUN24.67 (6 h3)
56Huang Chih-YungTPE24.89 (3 h2)
57Alfredo CarrilloPAR24.91 (4 h2)
58Sng Ju WeiSGP25.04 (7 h3)
59Emin QuliyevAZE25.23 (8 h3)
60Woody LawrenceDMA27.88 (1 h1)
61Moosa NazimMDV28.37 (2 h1)
62René MakossoCGO30.00 (3 h1)
63Michael CollierSLE34.21 (5 h2)
ACAlexandru IoanoviciROU– (AC h5)DQ
DNSMusa BakareNGR– (DNS h2)

Round One (25 July 1996)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Woody LawrenceDMA27.881.01
25Moosa NazimMDV28.370.72
33René MakossoCGO30.000.87

Heat Two

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
16Khemo RiveraISV24.620.80
23Howard HindsAHO24.630.80
35Huang Chih-YungTPE24.890.73
42Alfredo CarrilloPAR24.910.83
51Michael CollierSLE34.210.86
DNS4Musa BakareNGR

Heat Three

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
13Nick TongueNZL23.730.75
24Arthur LiHKG23.770.75
35Maxim CazmirciucMDA23.780.75
46Darrick BollingerGUM23.970.77
52Kaan BerberoğluTUR24.370.77
61Tamás KerékjártóHUN24.670.75
78Sng Ju WeiSGP25.040.82
87Emin QuliyevAZE25.230.74

Heat Four

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
18Yukihiro MatsushitaJPN23.600.69
=24Salim IlesALG23.610.77
=25Janne BlomqvistFIN23.610.77
43Ravil NachayevUZB23.930.83
56Tamer ZinhomEGY24.020.83
67Sebastian XavierIND24.150.70
72Alen LončarCRO24.170.78
81Vitaly VasilyevKGZ24.540.77

Heat Five

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Sion BrinnJAM23.350.75
28Stavros MikhailidisCYP23.370.72
36Enrico LinscheerSUR23.450.74
44Hugues LegaultCAN23.630.71
51Paulo TrindadePOR23.730.71
67Richard BeraINA23.800.70
73Nick O'HareIRL24.030.71
AC2Alexandru IoanoviciROUDQ1

Heat Six

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11Ricardo BusquetsPUR22.610.61Q
24Felipe DelgadoECU23.260.69
=32Sergey BorisenkoKAZ23.290.86
=38Indrek SeiEST23.290.76
57Bartosz KizierowskiPOL23.340.75
66Juan BenavidesESP23.360.78
73Pär LindströmSWE23.470.72
85Georgios GiziotisGRE23.560.76

Heat Seven

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
11Jiang ChengjiCHN22.550.68Q
=23Francisco SánchezVEN22.680.87Q
=28Bengt ZikarskyGER22.680.78q
46René GuspertiITA22.850.73q
52Pavlo KhnykinUKR22.910.76
67Raimundas MažuolisLTU22.980.75
75Alexander LüderitzGER23.060.77
84José MeolansARG23.210.80

Heat Eight

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Gary Hall, Jr.USA22.360.76Q
22Brendon DedekindRSA22.600.70Q
35Xuxa SchererBRA22.680.78Q
46Mark FosterGBR22.730.83q
51Yuriy VlasovUKR22.770.84q
63Christophe KalfayanFRA22.830.71q
77Vladimir PredkinRUS23.030.80
88Dzmitry KalinovskiBLR23.610.83

Heat Nine

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Aleksandr PopovRUS22.220.84Q
25David FoxUSA22.640.74Q
38Allan MurrayBAH22.750.71q
42Pieter van den HoogenbandNED22.820.85q
53Gustavo BorgesBRA22.860.78q
66Chris FydlerAUS22.980.81
71Aleh RukhlevichBLR23.120.81
87Yoav BruckISR23.220.75

Swim-Off for Places 7-8

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
15Xuxa SchererBRA22.710.85Q2
24Francisco SánchezVEN22.740.81Q
AC3Bengt ZikarskyGERDQ

B Final (25 July 1996)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
12Pieter van den HoogenbandNED22.670.79
24Bengt ZikarskyGER22.730.81
36Yuriy VlasovUKR22.820.80
=43Allan MurrayBAH22.920.71
=48Gustavo BorgesBRA22.920.84
=61Christophe KalfayanFRA22.960.75
=67René GuspertiITA22.960.73
85Mark FosterGBR23.010.80

Final (25 July 1996)

PosLaneSwimmerNOCTimeReaction
14Aleksandr PopovRUS22.130.83
25Gary Hall, Jr.USA22.260.73
31Xuxa SchererBRA22.290.78
43Jiang ChengjiCHN22.330.67
56Brendon DedekindRSA22.590.68
67David FoxUSA22.680.76
78Francisco SánchezVEN22.720.76
82Ricardo BusquetsPUR22.730.63