Swimming at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships – Men's 50 metre freestyle
|Men's 50 metre freestyle |
at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships
|Dates||7 August (heats and semifinals)|
8 August (final)
|Competitors||115 from 105 nations|
Despite losing lane four to American Nathan Adrian, France's Florent Manaudou threw down a personal and textile best of 21.19 to win his first World Championship in the event, holding off Adrian and Brazilian Bruno Fratus by over three-tenths of a second, an enormous margin in swimming's shortest race. Adrian grabbed the silver in 21.52, following up a new American Record of 21.37 achieved earlier in the semifinals. Fratus took home the bronze, his first World Championship medal ever, in 21.55. Vladimir Morozov, the defending silver medalist from Barcelona, missed the podium in fourth place by a fingertip in 21.56. Ukraine's Andriy Hovorov and Italy's Marco Orsi tied for fifth in 21.86, while Greece's Kristian Golomeev, the defending NCAA 100 freestyle champion, took seventh in 21.98. Great Britain's Benjamin Proud finished eight in 22.04 to round out the championship final.
Plagued by injury, Brazil's defending World Champion César Cielo scratched the event. Other notable swimmers included China's Ning Zetao (22.18) and American Anthony Ervin (22.02), who both missed the championship final.
Prior to the competition, the existing world and championship records were as follows.
|World record||César Cielo (BRA)||20.91||São Paulo, Brazil||18 December 2009|
|Competition record||César Cielo (BRA)||21.08||Rome, Italy||1 August 2009|
The heats were held at 09:30.
The semifinals were held at 18.09.
|1||4||Nathan Adrian||United States||21.37||Q, NR|
|3||6||Benjamin Proud||Great Britain||21.88||Q|
|6||8||Anthony Ervin||United States||22.02||QSO|
The swim-off was held at 19:38.
|2||5||Anthony Ervin||United States||21.98|
The final was held on 8 August at 17:39.
|4||Nathan Adrian||United States||21.52|
|8||2||Benjamin Proud||Great Britain||22.04|