Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle
|Men's 50 metre freestyle|
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Aquatics Stadium|
|Dates||11 August 2016 (heats &|
12 August 2016 (final)
|Competitors||85 from 72 nations|
Sixteen years after he tied for the gold with Gary Hall, Jr., U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin, aged 35, reclaimed his title in the program's shortest race to become the oldest male champion in Olympic swimming history. He threw down a gold-medal time of 21.40 to touch out the defending titleholder Florent Manaudou of France by a hundredth of a second. Manaudou was quick off the blocks, but could not catch Ervin near the wall to finish with a silver in 21.41. Meanwhile, Ervin's teammate Nathan Adrian swam to another bronze-medal feat at the Games with a 21.49.
Separated the top three by almost two tenths of a second, Great Britain's Benjamin Proud finished off the podium with a fourth-place time in 21.68, while Ukraine's Andriy Hovorov, who led a vast field of swimmers earlier in the heats, slipped shortly to fifth in 21.74. Brazil's hometown favorite Bruno Fratus, fourth-place finalist from London 2012, and South Africa's Brad Tandy shared the sixth spot in a matching 21.79, with Lithuanian swimmer Simonas Bilis (22.08) closing out the field.
Other notable swimmers featured Australia's Cameron McEvoy, Russia's Vladimir Morozov, Manaudou's brother-in-law and countryman Frédérick Bousquet, and Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell, who scored a twenty-seventh place finish in his fifth Olympic appearance.
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|
|2||4||Nathan Adrian||United States||21.47||Q|
|3||7||Brad Tandy||South Africa||21.80||Q|
|1||4||Andriy Hovorov||Ukraine||21.46||Q, NR|
|5||Anthony Ervin||United States||Q|
|3||6||Benjamin Proud||Great Britain||21.54||Q, NR|
|8||Simonas Bilis||Lithuania||Q, NR|
|3||Anthony Ervin||United States||21.40|
|6||Nathan Adrian||United States||21.49|
|4||2||Benjamin Proud||Great Britain||21.68|
|8||Brad Tandy||South Africa|
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