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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 14–16 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
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The medal ceremony of the 50m final.
VenueBeijing National Aquatics Center
DatesAugust 14, 2008 (heats)
August 15, 2008 (semifinals)
August 16, 2008 (final)
Competitors97 from 90 nations
Winning time21.30 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) César Cielo  Brazil
2nd, silver medalist(s) Amaury Leveaux  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Alain Bernard  France
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César Cielo made an Olympic milestone to become Brazil's first ever gold medalist in swimming. He rocketed to an unexpected triumph in a new Olympic record of 21.30, then the second-fastest in history, powering past the field by 0.15 of a second, a sizable chunk in Olympic swimming's shortest race.[2][3] The French tandem of Amaury Leveaux and Alain Bernard took home the silver and bronze with respective times of 21.45 and 21.49.[4]

Australia's Ashley Callus finished fourth in 21.62, while his teammate and world record holder Eamon Sullivan was a fraction behind the leading pack in sixth at 21.65.[5] For the first time in Olympic history, no American swimmer had reached the podium in the event, as the reigning world champion Ben Wildman-Tobriner, swimming on the outside in lane eight, pulled off a fifth-place effort in 21.64.[6] Competing at their third Olympics, South Africa's Roland Mark Schoeman (21.67) and Sweden's Stefan Nystrand (21.72) rounded out the finale in seventh and eighth place, respectively.[4]

Earlier in the prelims, Cielo posted a time of 21.47 to erase Alexander Popov's 1992 Olympic record by 0.44 of a second. One heat later, Leveaux established the same record by winning the twelfth heat in 21.46.[7] The following morning, in the semifinals, Cielo lowered again an Olympic record to 21.34 that had been set by Leveaux in the preliminaries under 0.12 seconds.[8]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 21.28 Sydney, Australia 28 March 2008
Olympic record   Alexander Popov (EUN) 21.91 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992

The following Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
14 August Heat 11 César Cielo   Brazil 21.47 OR
14 August Heat 12 Amaury Leveaux   France 21.46 OR
15 August Semifinal 2 César Cielo   Brazil 21.34 OR
16 August Final César Cielo   Brazil 21.30 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 12 4 Amaury Leveaux   France 21.46 Q, OR
2 11 5 César Cielo   Brazil 21.47 Q, OR, =AM
3 12 3 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 21.75 Q
12 5 Ben Wildman-Tobriner   United States Q
5 13 3 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 21.76 Q
6 11 1 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
7 13 5 Alain Bernard   France 21.78 Q
8 13 4 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 21.79 Q
9 11 4 Garrett Weber-Gale   United States 21.95 Q
10 12 7 Rafed El-Masri   Germany 21.96 Q
11 11 7 Nicholas Santos   Brazil 22.00 Q
12 11 3 Duje Draganja   Croatia 22.05 Q
13 13 2 Ashley Callus   Australia 22.11 Q
14 12 6 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 22.14 Q
15 11 6 Bartosz Kizierowski   Poland 22.15 Q
16 12 2 Gideon Louw   South Africa 22.17 Q
17 12 1 Andrey Grechin   Russia 22.20
18 10 4 Jernej Godec   Slovenia 22.21
19 8 4 Flori Lang   Switzerland 22.27
20 9 1 David Dunford   Kenya 22.29
21 13 1 Yevgeny Lagunov   Russia 22.30
22 11 2 Javier Noriega   Spain 22.33
23 13 6 Mark Foster   Great Britain 22.35
13 8 Salim Iles   Algeria
25 9 6 Miko Mälberg   Estonia 22.37 NR
26 10 5 Apostolos Tsagkarakis   Greece 22.39
27 10 6 Richard Hortness   Canada 22.42
28 10 7 Yoris Grandjean   Belgium 22.45
29 10 1 Matti Rajakylä   Finland 22.48
30 9 3 Cai Li   China 22.50
9 7 Alessandro Calvi   Italy
32 10 3 Robert Lijesen   Netherlands 22.51
33 10 2 Jakob Andkjær   Denmark 22.52
34 8 8 Jacinto de Jesus Ayala Benjamin   Dominican Republic 22.57
35 10 8 José Meolans   Argentina 22.58
36 9 2 Andrei Radzionau   Belarus 22.65 NR
37 11 8 Kaan Tayla   Turkey 22.66
38 13 7 Steffen Deibler   Germany 22.67
39 9 8 Daniel Coakley   Philippines 22.69
40 9 5 Virdhawal Khade   India 22.73
41 7 4 Oliver Elliot   Chile 22.75 NR
42 8 3 Yuriy Yegoshin   Ukraine 22.77
43 7 2 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 22.80
44 7 8 Árni Már Árnason   Iceland 22.81 NR
45 7 5 Jevon Atkinson   Jamaica 22.83 NR
8 1 Mohammad Madwa   Kuwait
47 8 6 Jonathan Javier Camacho Riera   Venezuela 22.87
48 7 6 Stanislav Kuzmin   Kazakhstan 22.91
49 9 4 Camilo Becerra   Colombia 22.93
50 8 5 Francisco Picasso   Uruguay 23.01
51 7 3 Martyn Forde   Barbados 23.08
52 8 2 Elvis Burrows   Bahamas 23.19
53 7 1 Joshua Laban   Virgin Islands 23.28
54 12 8 Mohamed El Nady   Egypt 23.92
55 6 4 Yellow Yeiyah   Nigeria 24.00
56 7 7 Vitaly Vasilyev   Kyrgyzstan 24.02
57 6 5 Rodion Davelaar   Netherlands Antilles 24.21
58 8 7 Rolandas Gimbutis   Lithuania 24.36
59 6 6 Anas Hamadeh   Jordan 24.40
60 6 2 Luke Hall   Swaziland 24.41
61 5 7 Alain Brigion Tobe   Cameroon 24.53
62 1 4 Alois Dansou   Benin 24.54
63 5 5 Sidni Hoxha   Albania 24.56
64 1 5 Omar Jasim   Bahrain 24.65
65 5 4 Zane Jordan   Zambia 24.82
66 6 1 Daniel Lee   Sri Lanka 24.92
67 6 7 Chakyl Camal   Mozambique 24.93 NR
68 5 3 Andrey Molchanov   Turkmenistan 25.02
69 6 8 Niall Roberts   Guyana 25.13
70 5 6 Kerson Hadley   Federated States of Micronesia 25.34
71 4 4 Stewart Glenister   American Samoa 25.45
72 5 1 John Kamyuka   Botswana 25.54
73 4 3 Hamse Abdouh   Palestine 25.60
74 5 2 Adil Baig   Pakistan 25.66
75 1 3 Omar Nunez   Nicaragua 26.00
76 5 8 Kouassi Brou   Ivory Coast 26.08
77 4 5 Kyaw Zin   Myanmar 26.17
78 4 6 Tural Abbasov   Azerbaijan 26.31
79 4 1 Hemthon Ponloeu   Cambodia 27.39
80 3 5 Charlton Nyirenda   Malawi 27.46
81 4 7 Prasiddha Jung Shah   Nepal 27.59
82 4 8 Gilbert Kaburu   Uganda 27.72
83 3 3 Jackson Niyomugabo   Rwanda 27.74
84 3 7 Khalid Rushaka   Tanzania 28.50
85 3 6 Dwayne Didon   Seychelles 28.95
86 3 8 Mohamed Coulibaly   Mali 29.09
87 3 1 Alisher Chingizov   Tajikistan 29.10
88 3 2 Ibrahim Shameel   Maldives 29.28
89 3 4 Mamadou Cisse   Guinea 29.29
90 2 3 Thepphithak Chindavong   Laos 29.31
91 6 3 Mohamed Attoumane   Comoros 29.63
92 2 6 Rene Jacob Yougbara   Burkina Faso 30.08
93 4 2 Ahmed Adam   Sudan 30.12
94 2 4 Abdulsalam Al Gadabi   Yemen 30.63 NR
95 2 5 Mohamed Alhousseini Alhassan   Niger 30.90
96 2 2 Kareem Valentine   Antigua and Barbuda 31.23
97 2 7 Stany Kempompo Ngangola   Democratic Republic of the Congo 35.19

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 César Cielo Filho   Brazil 21.34 Q, OR, AM
2 5 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 21.71 Q
3 6 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 21.75 Q
4 1 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 21.84
5 7 Duje Draganja   Croatia 21.85
6 3 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 21.86
7 8 Gideon Louw   South Africa 21.97
8 2 Rafed El-Masri   Germany 22.09

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Alain Bernard   France 21.54 Q
2 1 Ashley Callus   Australia 21.68 Q
3 3 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 21.74 Q
4 4 Amaury Leveaux   France 21.76 Q
5 Ben Wildman-Tobriner   United States Q
6 2 Garrett Weber-Gale   United States 22.08
7 8 Bartosz Kizierowski   Poland 22.12
8 7 Nicholas Santos   Brazil 22.15

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 César Cielo Filho   Brazil 21.30 OR, AM
  1 Amaury Leveaux   France 21.45
  5 Alain Bernard   France 21.49
4 3 Ashley Callus   Australia 21.62
5 8 Ben Wildman-Tobriner   United States 21.64
6 7 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 21.65
7 2 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 21.67 AF
8 6 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 21.72

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ "'Big Cesar' races to first Brazilian swim gold". ESPN. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Cielo hands Brazil's first swimming gold". South China Morning Post. 16 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cesar Cielo Claims 50 Free Gold in Olympic Record Time". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Cielo Filho takes 50m gold". ABC News. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  6. ^ Crumpacker, John (16 August 2008). "Wildman-Tobriner is 5th in the 50". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  7. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Olympic Standard Falls Twice in Men's 50 Free Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 21 June 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cesar Cielo Drops Olympic Record in 50 Free Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Sullivan snaps 50m record again". ABC News. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008.

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