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Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueLondon Aquatics Centre
DatesAugust 2, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 3, 2012 (final)
Competitors58 from 51 nations
Winning time21.34
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Florent Manaudou  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Cullen Jones  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) César Cielo  Brazil
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France's Florent Manaudou stunned the entire field to join his sister Laure Manaudou on top of the podium for the Olympic sprint freestyle title. Swimming in lane seven, the dark horse threw down a scorching time and a textile best of 21.34 to hold off U.S. swimmer Cullen Jones and the event's Brazilian world record holder and defending Olympic champion César Cielo by two-tenths of a second, a sizable chunk in the Olympic swimming's shortest race.[2][3] Jones took home the silver in 21.54 to match his semifinal time in the process, while Cielo missed his chance to defend the title with a bronze medal in 21.59.[4][5][6]

Cielo's teammate Bruno Fratus finished outside the podium by almost a fingertip with a fourth-place time in 21.61. After twelve years of absence as a 31-year-old, U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin, who previously tied with Gary Hall, Jr. for the gold in 2000, managed to pull off a fifth-place finish in 21.78.[7] Ervin was followed in sixth and seventh by four-time Olympians Roland Mark Schoeman of South Africa (21.80) and George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago (21.82).[8][9] Plagued by injury, Australia's Eamon Sullivan struggled to mount a sprint challenge in a high-calibre race as he finished eighth in 21.98.[6][10]

Earlier in the semifinals, Australia's top sprinter James Magnussen missed the star-studded roster with an eleventh-place time in 22.00.[11][12] Other notable swimmers featured Swedish veteran Stefan Nystrand (22.32) and France's Amaury Leveaux (22.35), the defending silver medalist, both of whom fell short of the semifinal field by a small fraction of a second on the morning prelims.[13]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   César Cielo (BRA) 20.91 São Paulo, Brazil 18 December 2009
Olympic record   César Cielo (BRA) 21.30 Beijing, China 16 August 2008

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

[17]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 3 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
2 8 4 César Cielo   Brazil 21.80 Q
3 8 5 Bruno Fratus   Brazil 21.82 Q
4 6 4 Anthony Ervin   United States 21.83 Q
5 7 1 Roland Schoeman   South Africa 21.92 Q
6 7 4 Cullen Jones   United States 21.95 Q
7 6 5 Andrey Grechin   Russia 22.09 Q
7 7 Andriy Govorov   Ukraine Q
8 3 Florent Manaudou   France Q
10 7 5 James Magnussen   Australia 22.11 Q
11 8 6 Luca Dotto   Italy 22.12 Q
8 7 Gideon Louw   South Africa Q
13 8 8 Brent Hayden   Canada 22.15 Q
14 6 6 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 22.19 Q
15 6 8 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 22.22 Q, NR
16 7 3 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 22.27 Q
17 6 2 Stefan Nystrand   Sweden 22.32
18 7 6 Amaury Leveaux   France 22.35
19 7 2 Marco Orsi   Italy 22.36
20 6 7 Adam Brown   Great Britain 22.39
21 8 2 Sergey Fesikov   Russia 22.42
22 5 3 Jasper Aerents   Belgium 22.43
23 6 1 Hanser García   Cuba 22.45
24 4 4 Roy-Allan Burch   Bermuda 22.47 NR
25 7 8 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen   Finland 22.57
26 5 1 Shi Yang   China 22.64
27 5 4 David Dunford   Kenya 22.72
28 5 7 Mario Todorović   Croatia 22.75
29 4 5 Barry Murphy   Ireland 22.76
30 8 1 Ioannis Kalargaris   Greece 22.80
31 5 8 Árni Már Árnason   Iceland 22.81 NR
32 5 5 Brett Fraser   Cayman Islands 22.91
33 5 6 Kacper Majchrzak   Poland 23.00
34 4 3 Shehab Younis   Egypt 23.16
35 5 2 Federico Grabich   Argentina 23.30
36 4 6 Luke Hall   Swaziland 23.48
37 4 2 Kareem Ennab   Jordan 24.09
38 4 7 Chakyl Camal   Mozambique 24.43
39 4 1 Mahfizur Rahman Sagor   Bangladesh 24.64
40 3 6 Kerson Hadley   Federated States of Micronesia 24.82
41 3 4 Adama Ouedraogo   Burkina Faso 25.26
42 4 8 Zachary Payne   Cook Islands 25.26
43 3 5 Emile Bakale   Republic of the Congo 25.64
44 3 2 Kouassi Brou   Ivory Coast 25.82
45 3 3 Tolga Akcayli   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 26.27
46 3 1 Giordan Harris   Marshall Islands 26.88
47 3 8 Prasiddha Jung Shah   Nepal 26.93
48 3 7 Hemthon Ponloeu   Cambodia 27.03
49 2 2 Abdourahman Osman   Djibouti 27.25
50 2 6 Mohamed Elkhedr   Sudan 27.26
51 2 3 Ching Maou Wei   American Samoa 27.30
52 2 7 Jackson Niyomugabo   Rwanda 27.38
53 2 5 Ganzi Mugula   Uganda 27.58
54 2 4 Paul Edingue Ekane   Cameroon 27.87
55 1 5 Christian Nassif   Central African Republic 28.04
56 1 4 Phathana Inthavong   Laos 28.17
57 2 1 Mulualem Girma Teshale   Ethiopia 28.99
58 1 3 Wilfried Tevoedjre   Benin 29.77

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Cullen Jones   United States 21.54 Q
4 César Cielo   Brazil Q
3 5 Anthony Ervin   United States 21.62 Q
4 8 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 21.88 Q
5 7 Gideon Louw   South Africa 21.92
6 2 James Magnussen   Australia 22.00
7 1 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 22.01
8 6 Andriy Govorov   Ukraine 22.12

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Bruno Fratus   Brazil 21.63 Q
2 4 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
3 2 Florent Manaudou   France 21.80 Q
4 3 Roland Schoeman   South Africa 21.88 Q
5 6 Andrey Grechin   Russia 21.98
6 7 Luca Dotto   Italy 22.09
7 1 Brent Hayden   Canada 22.12
8 8 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 22.30

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  7 Florent Manaudou   France 21.34
  5 Cullen Jones   United States 21.54
  4 César Cielo   Brazil 21.59
4 6 Bruno Fratus   Brazil 21.61
5 3 Anthony Ervin   United States 21.78
6 8 Roland Mark Schoeman   South Africa 21.80
7 2 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 21.82
8 1 Eamon Sullivan   Australia 21.98

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ "Heartbreak for Schoeman". Sport24. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Bovell considers retirement". Guardian Media Limited. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Sullivan reveals injury". The Australian. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Cesar Cielo, Cullen Jones Deadheat for 50 Free Top Seed; Anthony Ervin Qualifies Third". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-11-05. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Missile bows out of 50 free, Sullivan advances". ABC News Australia. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ "2012 London Olympics: George Bovell Posts Olympic Textile Best to Lead 50 Free Qualifying; Cesar Cielo, Anthony Ervin, Cullen Jones Among Semifinalists". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Brazil's Cesar Cielo breaks 50m freestyle world record". France24. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  15. ^ "Brazil Long Course Championships: Cesar Cielo Sets World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 18 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
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