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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 1996

Gold: RUS Aleksandr Popov
Silver: USA Gary Hall, Jr.
Bronze: BRA Xuxa Scherer

Summary

In 1992 Aleksandr Popov was an outsider to win an Olympic title but things were very different when he came to defend the two gold medals in Atlanta. The four years between Olympics had been good for Popov and he was undefeated in major championships at both 50 and 100 metres freestyle since the Barcelona Games.

Popov’s main danger for the gold medal was Gary Hall, Jr. and the two men enjoyed a fierce rivalry and regularly swapped insults through newspaper interviews. The Russian had already defeated Hall in the 100 metres freestyle and repeated the feat in the shorter event. For 40 metres Popov and Hall were level but the defending champion finished the quicker and won by 0.13 of a second.

The bronze medalist, Xuxa Scherer of Brazil, was one of three men who tied for the seventh qualifying place for the final and only qualified via a swim-off.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksandr Popov 24 Russia RUS Gold
2 Gary Hall, Jr. 21 United States USA Silver
3 Xuxa Scherer 21 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Jiang Chengji 20 China CHN
5 Brendon Dedekind 20 South Africa RSA
6 David Fox 25 United States USA
7 Francisco Sánchez 19 Venezuela VEN
8 Ricardo Busquets 31 Puerto Rico PUR
9 Pieter van den Hoogenband 18 Netherlands NED
10 Bengt Zikarsky 29 Germany GER
11 Yuriy Vlasov 26 Ukraine UKR
12T Allan Murray 24 Bahamas BAH
12T Gustavo Borges 23 Brazil BRA
14T Christophe Kalfayan 27 France FRA
14T René Gusperti 25 Italy ITA
16 Mark Foster 26 Great Britain GBR
17 Pavlo Khnykin 27 Ukraine UKR
18T Chris Fydler 23 Australia AUS
18T Raimundas Mažuolis 24 Lithuania LTU
20 Vladimir Predkin 27 Russia RUS
21 Alexander Lüderitz 22 Germany GER
22 Oleg Rykhlevich 22 Belarus BLR
23 José Martín Meolans 18 Argentina ARG
24 Yoav Bruck 24 Israel ISR
25 Felipe Delgado 23 Ecuador ECU
26T Indrek Sei 23 Estonia EST
26T Sergey Borisenko 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
28 Bartosz Kizierowski 19 Poland POL
29 Sion Brinn 23 Jamaica JAM
30 Juan Benavides 21 Spain ESP
31 Stavros Mikhailidis 25 Cyprus CYP
32 Enrico Linscheer 21 Suriname SUR
33 Pär Lindström 25 Sweden SWE
34 Georgios Giziotis 23 Greece GRE
35 Yukihiro Matsushita 23 Japan JPN
36T Salim Iles 21 Algeria ALG
36T Dmitry Kalinovsky 24 Belarus BLR
36T Janne Blomqvist 24 Finland FIN
39 Hugues Legault 22 Canada CAN
40T Nick Tongue 23 New Zealand NZL
40T Paulo Trindade 29 Portugal POR
42 Arthur Li 23 Hong Kong HKG
43 Maxim Cazmirciuc 25 Moldova MDA
44 Richard Sam Bera 24 Indonesia INA
45 Ravil Nachayev 22 Uzbekistan UZB
46 Darrick Bollinger 17 Guam GUM
47 Tamer Zinhom 22 Egypt EGY
48 Nick O'Hare 23 Ireland IRL
49 Sebastian Xavier 26 India IND
50 Alen Lončar 22 Croatia CRO
51 Kaan Berberoğlu 18 Turkey TUR
52 Vitaly Vasilyev 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
53 Khemo Rivera 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
54 Howard Hinds 18 Netherlands Antilles AHO
55 Tamás Kerékjártó 17 Hungary HUN
56 Huang Chih-Yung 28 Chinese Taipei TPE
57 Alfredo Carrillo 19 Paraguay PAR
58 Sng Ju Wei 16 Singapore SIN
59 Emin Quliyev 20 Azerbaijan AZE
60 Woody Lawrence 29 Dominica DMA
61 Moosa Nazim 21 Maldives MDV
62 René Makosso 17 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
63 Michael Collier 24 Sierra Leone SLE
AC r1/2 Alexandru Ioanovici 22 Romania ROU DQ