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

The women's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 12–13 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates12 August 2016 (heats &
semifinals)
13 August 2016 (final)
Competitors91 from 76 nations
Winning time24.07
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Pernille Blume
 Denmark
2nd, silver medalist(s) Simone Manuel
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Aliaksandra Herasimenia
 Belarus
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Pernille Blume defeated the field of experienced sprinters to give Denmark its first Olympic swimming title in 68 years. Leading the program's shortest race from prelims into the semifinals, she splashed her way to a gold-medal triumph in 24.07, but fell short of her attempt to overhaul Ranomi Kromowidjojo's Olympic record by a small fraction of a second.[2][3] U.S. sprinter Simone Manuel, newly crowned Olympic champion of the 100 m freestyle, settled for the silver in 24.09, stopping 0.02 seconds behind Blume.[4][5] Meanwhile, London 2012 runner-up Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus secured the top three spot with a 24.11 for the bronze.[6]

Great Britain's Francesca Halsall narrowly missed out of the medals by 0.02 of a second, finishing with a fourth-place time in 24.13.[7] Unable to bounce back from their out-of-medal feat in the 100 m freestyle, sisters and pre-race favorites Cate (24.15) and Bronte Campbell (24.42) slipped to fifth and seventh, respectively, while defending champion Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands split the Australian duo to take the sixth spot in 24.19.[8][9] Brazil's hometown favorite Etiene Medeiros wrapped up the top eight with a 24.69.[6]

Notable swimmers failed to reach the top eight final, including Blume's fellow sprinter Jeanette Ottesen, London 2012 finalist Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace of the Bahamas, and Swedish tandem of three-time medalist Sarah Sjöström and Therese Alshammar, who built a historic milestone as the first ever female in the pool to compete at her sixth Olympics.[10]

Contents

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Britta Steffen (GER) 23.73 Rome, Italy 2 August 2009
Olympic record   Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) 24.05 London, United Kingdom 4 August 2012

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 12 6 Pernille Blume   Denmark 24.23 Q
2 11 5 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.26 Q
3 10 6 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.42 Q
4 12 4 Bronte Campbell   Australia 24.45 Q
5 10 5 Abbey Weitzeil   United States 24.48 Q
11 6 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark Q
7 11 4 Cate Campbell   Australia 24.52 Q
8 10 3 Chantal Van Landeghem   Canada 24.57 Q
10 4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands Q
10 12 5 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 24.66 Q
11 11 3 Simone Manuel   United States 24.71 Q
12 11 7 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.73 Q
13 9 7 Inge Dekker   Netherlands 24.77 Q
12 3 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas Q
12 7 Dorothea Brandt   Germany Q
16 11 2 Etiene Medeiros   Brazil 24.82 Q
17 11 8 Silvia di Pietro   Italy 24.89
18 9 4 Farida Osman   Egypt 24.91 AF
10 7 Liu Xiang   China
12 1 Michelle Williams   Canada
21 10 2 Anna Santamans   France 24.93
22 8 8 Vanessa García   Puerto Rico 24.94 NR
11 1 Rozaliya Nasretdinova   Russia
24 7 4 Susann Bjørnsen   Norway 25.05
25 10 8 Flóra Molnár   Hungary 25.07
26 7 6 Julie Meynen   Luxembourg 25.12
27 9 6 Yuliya Khitraya   Belarus 25.18
28 7 5 Liliana Ibáñez   Mexico 25.25
29 9 5 Aleksandra Urbańczyk   Poland 25.28
30 7 2 Isabella Arcila   Colombia 25.35
31 8 4 Mélanie Henique   France 25.36
32 9 3 Theodora Drakou   Greece 25.36
33 8 7 Zohar Shikler   Israel 25.38
34 8 3 Erika Ferraioli   Italy 25.40
35 9 8 Andrea Murez   Israel 25.41
36 9 2 Rikako Ikee   Japan 25.45
37 8 5 Anna Dowgiert   Poland 25.54
38 12 8 Nataliya Lovtsova   Russia 25.55
39 8 6 Birgit Koschischek   Austria 25.58
40 10 1 Graciele Herrmann   Brazil 25.60
41 7 3 Alexandra Touretski   Switzerland 25.66
42 9 1 Darya Stepanyuk   Ukraine 25.67
43 8 1 Yayoi Matsumoto   Japan 25.73
44 7 8 Camille Cheng   Hong Kong 25.92
45 7 7 Allyson Ponson   Aruba 26.00
46 6 2 Karen Torrez   Bolivia 26.12
47 6 4 Naomi Ruele   Botswana 26.23
48 6 8 Elinah Phillip   British Virgin Islands 26.26
49 6 3 Bayan Jumah   Syria 26.41
7 1 Lin Pei-wun   Chinese Taipei
51 6 7 Talita Baqlah   Jordan 26.48
52 6 5 Rebecca Heyliger   Bermuda 26.54
53 6 6 Nicola Muscat   Malta 26.60
54 5 6 Faye Sultan   Independent Olympic Athletes 26.86
55 6 1 Dorian McMenemy   Dominican Republic 27.37
56 5 3 Naomy Grand Pierre   Haiti 27.46
57 5 5 Samantha Roberts   Antigua and Barbuda 27.95
58 4 4 Colleen Furgeson   Marshall Islands 28.16
59 5 2 Noura Mana   Morocco 28.20
60 4 6 Yesuin Bayar   Mongolia 28.40 NR
61 5 8 Irene Prescott   Tonga 28.68
62 4 7 Mary Al-Atrash   Palestine 28.76
63 5 7 Jamila Sanmoogan   Guyana 28.88
64 5 1 Lianna Swan   Pakistan 29.02
65 3 3 Dirngulbai Misech   Palau 29.19
66 4 8 Hemthon Vitiny   Cambodia 29.37 NR
67 3 4 Angelika Ouedraogo   Burkina Faso 29.44
4 5 Magdalena Moshi   Tanzania
69 3 5 Sonia Aktar   Bangladesh 29.99 NR
70 1 6 Ei Ei Thet   Myanmar 30.25
71 4 2 Ammara Pinto   Malawi 30.32
72 4 1 Debra Daniel   Federated States of Micronesia 30.83
73 2 2 Anastasiya Tyurina   Tajikistan 31.15
74 1 3 Fatema Almahmeed   Bahrain 32.28
75 3 6 Rahel Gebresilassie   Ethiopia 32.51
76 3 7 Siri Arun Budcharern   Laos 32.55 NR
77 2 6 Laraïba Seibou   Benin 33.01
78 1 5 Nada Al-Bedwawi   United Arab Emirates 33.42
79 3 8 Adzo Kpossi   Togo 33.44
80 3 1 Elsie Uwamahoro   Burundi 33.70
81 2 4 Bellore Sangala   Republic of the Congo 33.71
3 2 Fatoumata Samassékou   Mali
83 2 7 Roukaya Mahamane   Niger 35.60 NR
84 2 5 Haneen Ibrahim   Sudan 36.23
85 2 8 Chloe Sauvourel   Central African Republic 37.15
86 2 3 Nazlati Mohamed Andhumdine   Comoros 37.66
87 2 1 Mariama Sow   Guinea 39.85
88 1 4 Bunturabie Jalloh   Sierra Leone 39.93
5 4 Monika Vasilyan   Armenia DNS
12 2 Chen Xinyi   China DNS
4 3 Awa Ly N'diaye   Senegal DSQ

SemifinalsEdit

Semifinal 1Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.41 Q
2 5 Bronte Campbell   Australia 24.43 Q
3 8 Etiene Medeiros   Brazil 24.45 Q, SA
4 1 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace   Bahamas 24.60
5 6 Chantal Van Landeghem   Canada 24.61
6 3 Jeanette Ottesen   Denmark 24.62
7 2 Sarah Sjöström   Sweden 24.69
8 7 Therese Alshammar   Sweden 24.72

Semifinal 2Edit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Pernille Blume   Denmark 24.28 Q
2 6 Cate Campbell   Australia 24.32 Q
3 2 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.39 Q
4 7 Simone Manuel   United States 24.44 Q
5 5 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.53 Q
6 3 Abbey Weitzeil   United States 24.67
7 8 Dorothea Brandt   Germany 24.71
8 1 Inge Dekker   Netherlands 25.31

FinalEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  4 Pernille Blume   Denmark 24.07 NR
  7 Simone Manuel   United States 24.09
  8 Aliaksandra Herasimenia   Belarus 24.11 NR
4 6 Francesca Halsall   Great Britain 24.13
5 5 Cate Campbell   Australia 24.15
6 3 Ranomi Kromowidjojo   Netherlands 24.19
7 2 Bronte Campbell   Australia 24.42
8 1 Etiene Medeiros   Brazil 24.69

ReferencesEdit

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