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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Centre
DateAugust 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors64 from 55 nations
Winning time47.21
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Alain Bernard  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Eamon Sullivan  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) César Cielo  Brazil
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jason Lezak  United States
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Alain Bernard stormed home on the final lap to claim France's first ever gold medal in the event with a time of 47.21.[2] Australia's world record holder Eamon Sullivan enjoyed a great start in the first 50 metres, but ended up with a silver in 47.32, just 0.11 of a second behind Bernard. U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak and Brazil's César Cielo tied for the bronze medal in a matching time of 47.67.[3][4]

Two-time defending champion Pieter van den Hoogenband finished the race in fifth place at 47.75. Although he missed an opportunity to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Van den Hoogenband became the first ever swimmer to reach the final at his fourth Olympics. Four months later, he announced his retirement from the sport, ending an Olympic career with a total of seven medals, including three golds.[3][5][6]

Van den Hoogenband was followed in sixth by South Africa's Lyndon Ferns (48.04), and in seventh by Sullivan's teammate Matt Targett (48.20). After missing out the semifinals in Athens four years earlier, Sweden's Stefan Nystrand rounded out the finale to eighth place in 48.33.[3]

Earlier in the semifinals, Bernard and Sullivan exchanged world-record performances to set up a battle race for the final. Swimming in the first heat, Bernard delivered a time of 47.20 to erase a 0.04-second standard set by Sullivan during his lead-off leg in the 4 × 100 m freestyle relay. A few minutes later, Sullivan had taken back the record in the second semifinal at 47.05.[7][8]

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RecordsEdit

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

World record   Alain Bernard (FRA) 47.50 Eindhoven, Netherlands 22 March 2008
Olympic record   Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 47.84 Sydney, Australia 19 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
13 August Semifinal 1 Alain Bernard   France 47.20 WR, OR
13 August Semifinal 2 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 47.05 WR, OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 4 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 47.80 Q
2 8 5 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 47.83 Q
3 7 6 Brent Hayden   Canada 47.84 Q
4 9 4 Alain Bernard   France 47.85 Q
5 8 6 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 47.97 Q
6 7 8 Milorad Čavić   Serbia 48.15 Q, NR, WD
7 8 3 César Cielo   Brazil 48.16 Q
8 9 5 Garrett Weber-Gale   United States 48.19 Q
9 9 7 Lyndon Ferns   South Africa 48.26 Q
10 7 3 Filippo Magnini   Italy 48.30 Q
11 7 4 Jason Lezak   United States 48.33 Q
12 9 6 Matt Targett   Australia 48.40 Q
13 7 5 Fabien Gilot   France 48.42 Q
14 8 2 Andrey Grechin   Russia 48.50 Q
15 9 8 Jonas Persson   Sweden 48.51 Q
16 7 7 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 48.55 Q, NR
8 8 Christian Galenda   Italy Q
18 9 3 Yevgeny Lagunov   Russia 48.59
19 7 1 Yoris Grandjean   Belgium 48.82
20 6 8 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 48.83
21 5 6 Martin Verner   Czech Republic 48.95
22 6 5 Albert Subirats   Venezuela 48.97 NR
23 8 1 Joel Greenshields   Canada 49.04
24 4 4 Jason Dunford   Kenya 49.06
25 6 1 Chen Zuo   China 49.08
26 4 5 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or   Israel 49.10
27 9 1 Jakob Andkjær   Denmark 49.25
28 5 5 Balázs Makány   Hungary 49.27
5 7 Paulius Viktoravicius   Lithuania
30 8 7 Ryk Neethling   South Africa 49.28
31 4 6 Peter Mankoč   Slovenia 49.33
32 6 3 Nabil Kebbab   Algeria 49.38
33 9 2 Steffen Deibler   Germany 49.39
34 7 2 Duje Draganja   Croatia 49.49
35 6 2 José Meolans   Argentina 49.50
36 5 1 Shaune Fraser   Cayman Islands 49.56
6 7 Yuriy Yegoshin   Ukraine
38 6 4 Mitja Zastrow   Netherlands 49.61
39 4 1 Ryan Pini   Papua New Guinea 49.72 NR
40 6 6 Hisayoshi Sato   Japan 49.85
41 4 3 Matti Rajakylä   Finland 49.91
42 3 4 Virdhawal Khade   India 50.07
43 5 2 Martín Kutscher   Uruguay 50.08
44 5 3 Stanislau Neviarouski   Belarus 50.14
45 5 4 Tiago Venâncio   Portugal 50.30
46 3 2 Romāns Miloslavskis   Latvia 50.40
47 3 3 Terrence Haynes   Barbados 50.50 NR
48 4 8 Aristeidis Grigoriadis   Greece 50.62
49 5 8 Örn Arnarson   Iceland 50.68
50 4 2 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 50.74
51 4 7 Danil Haustov   Estonia 50.92
52 3 7 Alexandr Sklyar   Kazakhstan 51.24
53 2 6 Jan Roodzant   Aruba 51.69
54 3 6 Lim Nam-gyun   South Korea 51.80
55 3 1 Petr Romashkin   Uzbekistan 51.83
56 2 3 Mikael Koloyan   Armenia 51.89
57 2 2 Gael Adam   Mauritius 52.35
58 2 5 Carl Probert   Fiji 52.37
59 3 8 Christopher Duenas   Guam 52.64
60 2 4 Roy-Allan Burch   Bermuda 52.65
61 2 7 Obaid Al-Jasmi   United Arab Emirates 53.29 NR
62 1 3 Emile Bakale   Republic of the Congo 55.08
63 1 4 Miguel Angel Navarro   Bolivia 56.96
64 1 5 Sofyan El Gadi   Libya 57.89

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Alain Bernard   France 47.20 Q, WR
2 4 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 47.91 Q
3 2 Jason Lezak   United States 47.98 Q
4 6 Lyndon Ferns   South Africa 48.00 Q
5 3 César Cielo   Brazil 48.07 Q
6 8 Christian Galenda   Italy 48.47
7 1 Jonas Persson   Sweden 48.59
8 7 Fabien Gilot   France 49.00

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 47.05 Q, WR
2 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 47.68 Q, NR
3 7 Matt Targett   Australia 47.88 Q
4 2 Filippo Magnini   Italy 48.11
5 6 Garrett Weber-Gale   United States 48.12
6 5 Brent Hayden   Canada 48.20
7 1 Andrey Grechin   Russia 48.71
8 8 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 49.58

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Alain Bernard   France 47.21
  4 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 47.32
  7 Jason Lezak   United States 47.67
8 César Cielo   Brazil SA
5 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband   Netherlands 47.75
6 1 Lyndon Ferns   South Africa 48.04
7 6 Matt Targett   Australia 48.20
8 2 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 48.33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "France's Alain Bernard clinches 100m freestyle gold". France 24. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Alain Bernard Captures 100 Free Gold". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Bernard pips Sullivan for 100m gold". ABC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ Linden, Julian (13 August 2008). "Van den Hoogenband hangs up his goggles". Reuters. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Ian Thorpe honours Pieter van den Hoogenband". Herald Sun. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Flash Alain Bernard Reclaims World Record in Semifinal 1 of 100 Free, Eamon Sullivan Says Give Me That Back". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ Johanson, Simon (13 August 2008). "Sullivan smashes world record – again". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2013.

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