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Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Summer Olympics was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 19 and 20.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 19, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 20, 2004 (final)
Competitors86 from 78 nations
Winning time21.93
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Gary Hall, Jr.  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Duje Draganja  Croatia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa
← 2000
2008 →

United States' Gary Hall Jr. defended his Olympic title in the event in 21.93, just two hundredths of a second off the record set by Alexander Popov in 1992.[2] The silver medal was awarded to Croatia's Duje Draganja, who placed behind Hall in 21.94. South Africa's Roland Mark Schoeman completed his full set of medals by adding a bronze in 22.02.[3]

Defending bronze medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.56), and dual Olympic champion Alexander Popov of Russia (22.58) missed the semifinals.[4] By the following year, Popov announced his retirement from swimming, and became a full-time member of the International Olympic Committee.

Eleven first round heats were raced, comprising a total of 86 swimmers. The fastest 16 swimmers from this group qualified to move on to the semifinals stage.[5] After the heats had been raced, the cut-off time was 22.53 seconds. The 16 swimmers who advanced then raced in two semifinals of eight swimmers each, the results being pooled and the fastest eight swimmers advancing to the final.[5] The cut-off time to proceed into the final was 22.19 seconds.

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Alexander Popov (RUS) 21.64 Moscow, Russia 16 June 2000
Olympic record   Alexander Popov (EUN) 21.91 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 11 4 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 22.04 Q
2 10 8 Frédérick Bousquet   France 22.24 Q
3 9 3 Bartosz Kizierowski   Poland 22.26 Q
11 8 Salim Iles   Algeria Q, NR
5 8 5 Duje Draganja   Croatia 22.28 Q
6 9 6 Julien Sicot   France 22.30 Q
7 9 4 Jason Lezak   United States 22.33 Q
8 11 5 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 22.41 Q
11 2 Oleksandr Volynets   Ukraine Q
10 9 2 Brett Hawke   Australia 22.42 Q
11 1 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden Q
12 8 4 Ricardo Busquets   Puerto Rico 22.45 Q
13 8 2 Karel Novy   Switzerland 22.51 Q
14 9 5 Javier Noriega   Spain 22.52 Q
10 7 Fernando Scherer   Brazil Q
16 11 6 Lyndon Ferns   South Africa 22.53 Q
17 11 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 22.56
18 10 3 Johan Kenkhuis   Netherlands 22.58
10 4 Alexander Popov   Russia
8 6 Rafed El-Masri   Syria
21 7 1 Rolandas Gimbutis   Lithuania 22.59
22 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara   Italy 22.70
23 10 5 Eduardo Lorente   Spain 22.71
24 7 3 Apostolos Tsagkarakis   Greece 22.72
25 9 1 Michele Scarica   Italy 22.80
26 11 7 Ashley Callus   Australia 22.82
27 9 7 José Meolans   Argentina 22.90
28 10 6 Vyacheslav Shyrshov   Ukraine 22.96
29 9 8 Andrey Kapralov   Russia 22.97
30 10 1 Matthew Rose   Canada 23.01
31 7 6 Milorad Čavić   Serbia and Montenegro 23.05
32 6 2 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 23.12
33 6 1 Stanislau Neviarouski   Belarus 23.13
34 8 7 Marcos Hernández   Cuba 23.19
35 7 2 Lee Chung-hee   South Korea 23.20
36 7 7 Camilo Becerra   Colombia 23.23
7 4 Pedro Silva   Portugal
5 7 Ravil Nachaev   Uzbekistan
39 6 8 Kaan Tayla   Turkey 23.26
40 5 4 Carl Probert   Fiji 23.31
41 7 5 Jere Hård   Finland 23.33
42 7 3 Chen Zuo   China 23.41
43 6 3 Julio Santos   Ecuador 23.43
5 6 Joshua Laban   Virgin Islands
45 6 4 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou   Cyprus 23.51
46 5 1 Allen Ong   Malaysia 23.52
6 6 Arwut Chinnapasaen   Thailand
48 6 7 Wang Shao-an   Chinese Taipei 23.54
49 6 5 Danil Haustov   Estonia 23.56
50 4 4 José Mafio   Uruguay 23.58
51 4 5 Jevon Atkinson   Jamaica 23.61
52 5 2 Raichin Antonov   Bulgaria 23.67
53 4 6 Rodrigo Díaz   Guatemala 23.69
54 5 5 Örn Arnarson   Iceland 23.84
55 5 8 Oleg Shteynikov   Kazakhstan 23.88
56 4 3 Terrence Haynes   Barbados 23.90
57 4 8 Abed Rahman Kaaki   Lebanon 24.68
58 4 2 Gregory Arkhurst   Ivory Coast 24.82
4 7 Mauricio Prudencio   Bolivia
60 4 1 Alois Dansou   Benin 24.86
61 1 4 Emile Rony Bakale   Republic of the Congo 25.07
62 3 5 Chris Hackel   Mauritius 25.33
63 1 3 Ahmed Mohamed Jewel   Bangladesh 25.47
64 3 4 Cole Shade Sule   Cameroon 26.16
65 3 3 Johnathan Steele   Grenada 26.40
66 3 6 Kreshnik Gjata   Albania 26.61
5 3 Semen Danilov   Kyrgyzstan
68 2 4 Anderson Bonabart   Federated States of Micronesia 26.75
69 1 2 Ibrahim Maliki   Niger 26.81
70 3 8 Hem Kiri   Cambodia 27.49
71 3 2 Khaled Ghezzawi   Libya 27.55
72 2 3 Hojamamed Hojamamedov   Turkmenistan 27.68
73 3 1 Hassan Mubah   Maldives 27.71
74 1 7 Donnie Defreitas   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27.72
75 3 7 Edgar Luberenga   Uganda 27.77
76 1 5 Abdourahamane Diawara   Guinea 28.10
77 2 5 Bounthanom Vongphachanh   Laos 28.17
78 2 7 Leonce Sekama   Rwanda 28.99
79 1 6 David Keita   Mali 29.96
80 2 2 Mohamed Saad   Yemen 29.97
81 2 6 Mamadou Ouedraogo   Burkina Faso 30.36
82 2 8 Malique Williams   Antigua and Barbuda 32.86
83 2 1 Yona Walesi   Malawi 34.11
8 1 Luis Rojas   Venezuela DNS
8 3 Peter Mankoč   Slovenia DNS
8 8 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 21.99 Q, AF
2 2 Brett Hawke   Australia 22.07 Q
3 5 Salim Iles   Algeria 22.16 Q, NR
4 3 Julien Sicot   France 22.26
5 4 Frédérick Bousquet   France 22.29
6 1 Javier Noriega   Spain 22.36
7 8 Lyndon Ferns   South Africa 22.46
8 7 Ricardo Busquets   Puerto Rico 22.52

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Jason Lezak   United States 22.12 Q
2 2 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 22.18 Q
4 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden Q
7 Oleksandr Volynets   Ukraine Q
5 3 Duje Draganja   Croatia 22.19 Q
6 5 Bartosz Kizierowski   Poland 22.22
7 8 Fernando Scherer   Brazil 22.27
8 1 Karel Novy   Switzerland 22.63

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  2 Gary Hall, Jr.   United States 21.93
  8 Duje Draganja   Croatia 21.94
  4 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 22.02
4 1 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 22.08
5 3 Jason Lezak   United States 22.11
6 5 Brett Hawke   Australia 22.18
7 7 Oleksandr Volynets   Ukraine 22.26
8 6 Salim Iles   Algeria 22.37

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. ^ Harris, Beth (21 August 2004). "Defiant Hall wins 50m free". Associated Press. Washington Times. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (20 August 2004). "Hall Does it Again, Repeats as 50 Free Champ". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Men's 50 Freestyle Prelims Day 6: Hall Splashes a Hot 22.04, Fastest Qualifier; Lezak Makes This One but Popov, Hoogie Bow Out". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Beginner's guide to swimming". BBC Sport. 15 April 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  6. ^ "Swimming – Current World Records – Men" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Swimming—Current Olympic Records—Men" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007.

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