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Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 11–12 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates11 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
12 August 2016 (final)
Competitors85 from 72 nations
Winning time21.40
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Anthony Ervin  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Florent Manaudou  France
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Nathan Adrian  United States
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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.[2][3] Manaudou was quick off the blocks, but could not catch Ervin near the wall to finish with a silver in 21.41.[4] Meanwhile, Ervin's teammate Nathan Adrian swam to another bronze-medal feat at the Games with a 21.49.[5][6]

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.[7] 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.[6]

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.[8][9]

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

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 11 3 Andriy Hovorov   Ukraine 21.49 Q, NR
2 10 4 Nathan Adrian   United States 21.61 Q
3 10 5 Anthony Ervin   United States 21.63 Q
4 11 4 Florent Manaudou   France 21.72 Q
5 9 4 Cameron McEvoy   Australia 21.80 Q
6 9 5 Vladimir Morozov   Russia 21.81 Q
7 10 3 Benjamin Proud   Great Britain 21.83 Q
10 7 Santo Condorelli   Canada Q
9 9 2 Luca Dotto   Italy 21.87 Q
10 10 6 Kristian Gkolomeev   Greece 21.93 Q
11 5 Bruno Fratus   Brazil Q
12 9 6 Brad Tandy   South Africa 21.94 Q
13 11 6 Ítalo Duarte   Brazil 21.96 Q
14 9 7 Shinri Shioura   Japan 22.01 Q
11 8 Simonas Bilis   Lithuania Q, NR
16 10 8 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 22.10 Q
17 11 2 Krisztián Takács   Hungary 22.12
18 10 2 Katsumi Nakamura   Japan 22.13
19 9 3 Damian Wierling   Germany 22.18
20 8 2 Yu Hexin   China 22.20
21 7 8 Renzo Tjon-A-Joe   Suriname 22.23 NR
8 4 Filip Wypych   Poland
23 7 2 Ali Khalafalla   Egypt 22.25 =NR
11 7 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen   Finland
25 7 1 Oussama Sahnoune   Algeria 22.27
9 1 Frédérick Bousquet   France
27 8 7 George Bovell   Trinidad and Tobago 22.30
28 8 3 Aleksei Brianskiy   Russia 22.33
29 7 7 Douglas Erasmus   South Africa 22.37
30 8 8 Ning Zetao   China 22.38
31 7 6 Federico Grabich   Argentina 22.44
32 6 4 Geoffrey Cheah   Hong Kong 22.46
33 8 5 Odysseus Meladinis   Greece 22.47
10 1 Matthew Abood   Australia
35 7 3 Yuri Kisil   Canada 22.50
9 8 Paweł Juraszek   Poland
37 11 1 Federico Bocchia   Italy 22.54
38 8 1 François Heersbrandt   Belgium 22.58
39 7 4 Jasper Aerents   Belgium 22.61
40 6 5 Mario Todorović   Croatia 22.65
41 1 3 Sidni Hoxha   Albania 22.80 NR
8 6 Ziv Kalontarov   Israel
43 6 6 Shane Ryan   Ireland 22.88
44 6 3 Cristian Quintero   Venezuela 22.92
45 6 2 Jordan Augier   Saint Lucia 23.28
46 6 7 José Alberto Quintanilla   Bolivia 23.35
47 6 1 Vahan Mkhitaryan   Armenia 23.50
48 5 6 Abdoul Niane   Senegal 23.66
49 4 4 Hilal Hemed Hilal   Tanzania 23.70 NR[13]
50 6 8 Anthony Barbar   Lebanon 23.77
51 5 4 Meli Malani   Fiji 23.88
5 5 Maksim Inić   Montenegro
53 5 3 Ahmad Attellesey   Libya 23.89
54 5 7 Mahfizur Rahman Sagor   Bangladesh 23.92
55 5 8 Abeiku Jackson   Ghana 24.30
56 1 7 Adam Viktora   Seychelles 24.32
57 5 1 Lum Zhaveli   Kosovo 24.53
58 4 5 Farhan Farhan   Bahrain 24.61
59 4 3 Samson Opuakpo   Nigeria 24.85
60 5 2 Batsaikhany Dulguun   Mongolia 24.90
61 2 1 Nikolas Sylvester   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 25.64 NR
62 4 8 Olim Qurbonov   Tajikistan 25.77
63 4 7 Giordan Harris   Marshall Islands 25.81
64 4 6 Joshua Tibatemwa   Uganda 25.98
65 3 5 Dionisio Augustine   Federated States of Micronesia 26.17
66 4 1 Billy-Scott Irakose   Burundi 26.36
67 2 7 Tindwende Sawadogo   Burkina Faso 26.38
68 4 2 Eloi Imaniraguha   Rwanda 26.43
69 3 8 Santisouk Inthavong   Laos 26.54 NR
70 2 4 Albachir Mouctar   Niger 26.56 NR
71 3 4 Ibrahim Nishwan   Maldives 26.72
72 3 6 Shawn Dingilius-Wallace   Palau 26.78
73 2 5 Osman Kamara   Sierra Leone 26.90
74 2 2 Bourhan Abro   Djibouti 27.13
75 1 5 Maël Ambonguilat   Gabon 27.21
76 3 1 Athoumane Solihi   Comoros 27.31
77 3 2 Jules Bessan   Benin 27.32
78 3 3 Amadou Camara   Guinea 27.35
79 3 7 Pap Jonga   The Gambia 27.48
80 2 6 Eméric Kpegba   Togo 27.67
81 2 3 Abdelaziz Mohamed Ahmed   Sudan 27.71
82 2 8 Dienov Andres Koka   Republic of the Congo 28.00
83 1 4 Brave Lifa   Malawi 28.54
84 1 2 Christian Nassif   Central African Republic 30.00
85 1 6 Frantz Dorsainvil   Haiti 30.86

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Florent Manaudou   France 21.32 Q
2 4 Nathan Adrian   United States 21.47 Q
3 7 Brad Tandy   South Africa 21.80 Q
4 3 Vladimir Morozov   Russia 21.88
5 6 Santo Condorelli   Canada 21.97
6 2 Kristian Gkolomeev   Greece 21.98
7 8 Norbert Trandafir   Romania 21.99
8 1 Shinri Shioura   Japan 22.18

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
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
4 7 Bruno Fratus   Brazil 21.71 Q
8 Simonas Bilis   Lithuania Q, NR
6 2 Luca Dotto   Italy 21.84
7 3 Cameron McEvoy   Australia 21.89
8 1 Ítalo Duarte   Brazil 22.05

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  3 Anthony Ervin   United States 21.40
  4 Florent Manaudou   France 21.41
  6 Nathan Adrian   United States 21.49
4 2 Benjamin Proud   Great Britain 21.68
5 5 Andriy Hovorov   Ukraine 21.74
6 7 Bruno Fratus   Brazil 21.79
8 Brad Tandy   South Africa
8 1 Simonas Bilis   Lithuania 22.08

ReferencesEdit

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