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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July and 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DateJuly 31, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 1, 2012 (final)
Competitors60 from 54 nations
Winning time47.52
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Nathan Adrian  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Magnussen  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Brent Hayden  Canada
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In one of the closest finishes in Olympic history, Nathan Adrian touched out Australia's favorite James Magnussen at the wall by a fingertip to win the event at the Olympics for the Americans for the first time since Matt Biondi topped the podium in 1988. Coming from third at the halfway turn, Adrian powered home on the final stretch, finishing in 47.52 to edge out Magnussen, also known as "The Missile", by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[2][3] Meanwhile, Magnussen ended the most exhilarating race of his life with a heartbreaking defeat, as he accepted a second straight silver for the Aussies in 47.53, adding more than four tenths of a second from his best time of 47.10 at the 2012 Australian Championships.[4][5] Canada's Brent Hayden picked up the bronze in 47.80, winning his first Olympic medal and handing the Canadians their first ever medal in the event's history.[6][7]

After claiming two golds and a silver in the past four days, France's Yannick Agnel could not produce his similar effort with a fourth-place time in 47.84.[8][9] Meanwhile, Netherlands' Sebastiaan Verschuren pulled off a fifth-place finish in 47.88. Heading into the halfway turn with an early lead, Brazil's world record holder César Cielo dropped to sixth in 47.92.[10] Cuba's Hanser García (48.04) and Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (48.44) rounded out a historic finale.[7]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   César Cielo (BRA) 46.91 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009
Olympic record   Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 47.05 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[14]

 
Start of the men's 100m Freestyle heat 8
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 5 Nathan Adrian   United States 48.19 Q
2 6 1 Gideon Louw   South Africa 48.29 Q
3 8 2 Sebastiaan Verschuren   Netherlands 48.37 Q
4 8 4 James Magnussen   Australia 48.38 Q
5 8 5 Brent Hayden   Canada 48.51 Q
6 6 7 Brett Fraser   Cayman Islands 48.54 Q
7 8 Pieter Timmers   Belgium Q, NR
8 6 3 Nikita Lobintsev   Russia 48.60 Q
9 8 7 Cullen Jones   United States 48.61 Q
10 7 7 Konrad Czerniak   Poland 48.63 Q
11 6 4 César Cielo   Brazil 48.67 Q
12 7 4 James Roberts   Australia 48.93 Q
12 7 5 Yannick Agnel   France 48.93 Q
14 8 3 Fabien Gilot   France 48.95 Q
15 7 2 Hanser García   Cuba 48.97 Q
16 8 1 Shaune Fraser   Cayman Islands 48.99 Q
17 5 4 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 49.02
18 7 6 Marco di Carli   Germany 49.03
19 6 2 Filippo Magnini   Italy 49.18
20 6 8 Adam Brown   Great Britain 49.20
21 7 3 Graeme Moore   South Africa 49.29
22 8 6 Luca Dotto   Italy 49.43
23 5 2 Martin Verner   Czech Republic 49.49
24 7 1 Nicolas Oliveira   Brazil 49.51
25 8 8 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 49.55
26 5 6 David Dunford   Kenya 49.60
27 4 5 Kemal Arda Gürdal   Turkey 49.71
28 5 7 Mindaugas Sadauskas   Lithuania 49.78
29 5 8 Dominik Meichtry   Switzerland 49.95
30 4 7 Uvis Kalniņš   Latvia 49.96
31 5 1 Kristian Gkolomeev   Greece 50.08
32 4 6 Benjamin Hockin   Paraguay 50.12
33 4 3 Nabil Kebbab   Algeria 50.37
34 4 4 Yauhen Tsurkin   Belarus 50.53
35 4 1 Gabriel Melconian Alvez   Uruguay 50.68
36 4 8 Branden Whitehurst   Virgin Islands 51.04
37 3 4 Sidni Hoxha   Albania 51.11 NR
38 3 2 Kevin Avila Soto   Guatemala 51.44
39 3 5 Andrew Chetcuti   Malta 51.67 NR
40 3 3 Jemal le Grand   Aruba 51.86
41 3 7 Andrew Rutherfurd   Bolivia 52.57
42 3 6 Mohammed Bidarian   Iran 52.93
43 2 4 Esau Simpson   Grenada 53.26
44 3 8 Christopher Duenas   Guam 53.37
45 3 1 Mikael Koloyan   Armenia 53.82
46 2 2 Sergeý Krowýakow   Turkmenistan 54.43 NR
47 2 3 Paul Elaisa   Fiji 54.87
48 2 5 Niall Roberts   Guyana 55.66
49 2 1 Tamir Andryei   Mongolia 56.37
50 2 6 Shane Mangroo   Seychelles 56.46
51 2 7 Omar Núñez   Nicaragua 57.11
52 1 4 Mamadou Soumare   Mali 57.32
53 1 5 Ahmed Husam   Maldives 57.53
54 2 8 Israr Hussain   Pakistan 57.86
55 1 6 Ammaar Ghadiyali   Tanzania 1:01.07
56 1 3 Beni Bertrand Binobagira   Burundi 1:04.57
4 2 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago DNS
5 3 Lü Zhiwu   China DNS
5 5 Dominik Kozma   Hungary DNS
6 6 Danila Izotov   Russia DNS

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 James Magnussen   Australia 47.63 Q
2 2 César Cielo   Brazil 48.17 Q
3 6 Nikita Lobintsev   Russia 48.38 Q
4 4 Gideon Louw   South Africa 48.44
5 1 Fabien Gilot   France 48.49
6 7 James Roberts   Australia 48.57
7 3 Brett Fraser   Cayman Islands 48.92
8 8 Shaune Fraser   Cayman Islands 49.07

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Nathan Adrian   United States 47.97 Q
2 8 Hanser García   Cuba 48.04 Q, NR
3 5 Sebastiaan Verschuren   Netherlands 48.13 Q
4 3 Brent Hayden   Canada 48.21 Q
5 1 Yannick Agnel   France 48.23 Q
6 7 Konrad Czerniak   Poland 48.44
7 6 Pieter Timmers   Belgium 48.57
8 2 Cullen Jones   United States 48.60

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  5 Nathan Adrian   United States 47.52
  4 James Magnussen   Australia 47.53
  7 Brent Hayden   Canada 47.80
4 1 Yannick Agnel   France 47.84
5 6 Sebastiaan Verschuren   Netherlands 47.88
6 2 César Cielo   Brazil 47.92
7 3 Hanser García   Cuba 48.04 =NR
8 8 Nikita Lobintsev   Russia 48.44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming: Results & Schedules". London 2012. NBC Olympics. 29 July 2012. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Nathan Adrian of U.S. wins 100-meter freestyle gold medal by smallest of margins". CBS News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (1 August 2012). "Nathan Adrian wins gold in dramatic finish in 100 free". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Heartbreak as James Magnussen falls to American Nathan Adrian by 1/100th of second". News Corp Australia. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Agony as Magnussen pipped for 100m gold". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  6. ^ "London 2012: Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden wins bronze medal in 100-metre freestyle". Toronto Star. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: USA's Nathan Adrian Clips James Magnussen for 100 Free Gold". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  8. ^ Das, Andrew (1 August 2012). "American Adrian Wins 100-Meter Freestyle". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "USA's Adrian beats Magnussen for 100 free gold". Foxtel. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Nathan Adrian beats James Magnussen to 100m freestyle gold". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ Crouse, Karen (31 July 2009). "Lochte Finds Phelps Is Everywhere but in the Pool". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Cielo sets 50-meter freestyle mark". ESPN. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ Johanson, Simon (13 August 2008). "Sullivan smashes world record – again". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Men's 100m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012.

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