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Men's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 21, 2000
Date Finished: September 22, 2000

Gold: USA Gary Hall, Jr.
USA Anthony Ervin
Bronze: NED Pieter van den Hoogenband

Summary

A few months after he had successfully defended his Olympic 50 metres freestyle title in Atlanta Aleksandr Popov was stabbed in the stomach by a watermelon seller in Moscow. The knife barely missed his kidney and grazed his lung but he recovered and was runner-up behind American Bill Pillczuk at the 1998 World Championships. Pilczuk failed to make the US Olympic team but the Americans, in the shape of Gary Hall, Jr. and Anthony Ervin, were still seen as Popov’s closest rivals. Popov broke Tom Jager’s longstanding world record in March 2000 then saw Hall also go under the old mark at the US trials.

Drawn in adjacent lanes in the Olympic final Popov and Hall both started well as did Hall’s American team mate Anthony Ervin. As Popov’s challenge faded the two Americans matched each other stroke by stroke as the wall approached. Incredibly the two men finished simultaneously in 21.98 seconds and shared the Olympic title.

In 2005 Ervin sold his gold medal for $17,000 to aid victims of the Asian tsunami. In 2012 he returned from retirement to claim a place on his second Olympic team – 12 years after his first.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1T Gary Hall, Jr. 25 United States USA Gold
1T Anthony Ervin 19 United States USA Gold
3 Pieter van den Hoogenband 22 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Lorenzo Vismara 25 Italy ITA
5 Bartosz Kizierowski 23 Poland POL
6 Aleksandr Popov 28 Russia RUS
7 Mark Foster 30 Great Britain GBR
8 Oleksandr Volynets 25 Ukraine UKR
9 Brendon Dedekind 24 South Africa RSA
10 Chris Fydler 27 Australia AUS
11 Roland Schoeman 20 South Africa RSA
12 Johan Kenkhuis 20 Netherlands NED
13 Brett Hawke 25 Australia AUS
14 Stefan Nystrand 18 Sweden SWE
15 Ricardo Busquets 35 Puerto Rico PUR
16 Denis Pimankov 25 Russia RUS
17T Jiang Chengji 24 China CHN
17T Kim Min-Seok 21 South Korea KOR
19 Julio Santos 23 Ecuador ECU
20 Xuxa Scherer 25 Brazil BRA
21 José Martín Meolans 22 Argentina ARG
22 Salim Iles 25 Algeria ALG
23T Edvaldo Silva Filho 22 Brazil BRA
23T Eduardo Lorente 23 Spain ESP
25 Peter Mankoč 22 Slovenia SLO
26 Attila Zubor 25 Hungary HUN
27 Stavros Mikhailidis 29 Cyprus CYP
28 Stephan Kunzelmann 21 Germany GER
29 Indrek Sei 28 Estonia EST
30 Ravil Nachayev 26 Uzbekistan UZB
31 Christophe Bühler 26 Switzerland SUI
32 Marijan Kanjer 26 Croatia CRO
33 Marcos Hernández 21 Cuba CUB
34T Dmitry Kalinovsky 28 Belarus BLR
34T Yoav Bruck 28 Israel ISR
36 Pedro Silva 23 Portugal POR
37 Allan Murray 28 Bahamas BAH
38 Rolandas Gimbutis 19 Lithuania LTU
39 Thierry Wouters 21 Belgium BEL
40 Sergey Borisenko 29 Kazakhstan KAZ
41 Sergey Ashikhmin 23 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
42 Richard Sam Bera 28 Indonesia INA
43 Nebojša Bikić 25 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
44 Camilo Becerra 20 Colombia COL
45 Esteban Blanco 18 Costa Rica CRC
46 Tamer Zinhom 26 Egypt EGY
47 Serghei Stolearenco 21 Moldova MDA
48 Paul Kutscher 23 Uruguay URU
49T Luis López 24 Peru PER
49T Leslie Kwok 26 Singapore SIN
51 Huang Chih-Yung 32 Chinese Taipei TPE
52 Howard Hinds 22 Netherlands Antilles AHO
53 Fu Wing Harbeth 20 Hong Kong HKG
54 Zurab Beridze 21 Georgia GEO
55 Rodrigo Olivares 24 Chile CHI
56 Ayoub Al-Mas 21 United Arab Emirates UAE
57 Omar Hughes 18 Grenada GRN
58 Dimitri Margaryan 22 Armenia ARM
59 Jamie Peterkin 18 Saint Lucia LCA
60 Emin Quliyev 24 Azerbaijan AZE
61 Wael Saeed 16 Qatar QAT
62 Davy Bisslik 18 Aruba ARU
63 João Aguiar 17 Angola ANG
64 Mohammed Ahmed 23 Iraq IRQ
65 Ilidio Matusse 25 Mozambique MOZ
66 Hem Kiry 20 Cambodia CAM
67 Kenneth Maronie 20 Dominica DMA
68 Khalid Al-Kulaibi 14 Oman OMA
69 Chitra Bahadur Gurung 30 Nepal NEP
70 Sikhounxay Ounkhamphanyavong 17 Laos LAO
71 Anlloyd Samuel 19 Palau PLW
72 Stephenson Wallace 17 Saint Vincent VIN
73 Hassan Mubah 16 Maldives MDV
74 Bakary Sereme 19 Mali MLI
75 Samson Ndayishimiye 20 Rwanda RWA
AC r1/2 Craig Hutchison 25 Canada CAN DQ
AC r1/2 Mohamed Abdul Hamid 19 Sudan SUD DQ