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Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 12, 2008
Date Finished: August 14, 2008

Gold: FRA Alain Bernard
Silver: AUS Eamon Sullivan
Bronze: USA Jason Lezak
BRA César Cielo Filho


The 100 metre freestyle at Beijing promised to deliver a classic head-to-head matchup between two swimmers who were clearly the best in the world and a level above their competition. The two men, [Alain Bernard] of France and [Eamon Sullivan] of Australia had both ducked under [Pieter van den Hoogenband]’s long standing world record in the months prior to the Olympics with the Frenchman’s record time being just 0.02 seconds faster than the Australian’s personal best. The semi-final stage in Beijing was little short of a sensation as firstly Bernard took a huge chunk off the world record then in the second semi Sullivan brought the record down to an almost unbelievable 47.05 seconds. The final did not veer from the expected script and the two men matched each other stroke-for-stroke throughout the race. As the wall approached Bernard had a little more left in the fuel tank than Sullivan and eased away in the last 20 metres to record the victory. Behind the two principals the fight for the bronze medal between [Jason Lezak] of the USA and [César Cielo Filho] of Brazil could not produce a winner and the two men tied for the third place on the podium. In 5th was reigning champion van den Hoogenband who made a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to claim a third successive victory in the event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Alain Bernard 25 France FRA Gold
2 Eamon Sullivan 22 Australia AUS Silver
3T Jason Lezak 32 United States USA Bronze
3T César Cielo Filho 21 Brazil BRA Bronze
5 Pieter van den Hoogenband 30 Netherlands NED
6 Lyndon Ferns 24 South Africa RSA
7 Matt Targett 22 Australia AUS
8 Stefan Nystrand 26 Sweden SWE
9 Christian Galenda 26 Italy ITA
10 Jonas Persson 24 Sweden SWE
11 Fabien Gilot 24 France FRA
12 Filippo Magnini 26 Italy ITA
13 Garrett Weber-Gale 23 United States USA
14 Brent Hayden 24 Canada CAN
15 Andrey Grechin 20 Russia RUS
16 Dominik Meichtry 23 Switzerland SUI
17 Milorad Čavić 24 Serbia SRB
18 Yevgeny Lagunov 22 Russia RUS
19 Yoris Grandjean 19 Belgium BEL
20 George Bovell 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
21 Martin Verner 28 Czech Republic CZE
22 Albert Subirats 21 Venezuela VEN
23 Joel Greenshields 20 Canada CAN
24 Jason Dunford 21 Kenya KEN
25 Chen Zuo 26 China CHN
26 Nimrod Shapira 19 Israel ISR
27 Jakob Andkjær 23 Denmark DEN
28T Balázs Makány 21 Hungary HUN
28T Paulius Viktoravičius 23 Lithuania LTU
30 Ryk Neethling 30 South Africa RSA
31 Peter Mankoč 30 Slovenia SLO
32 Nabil Kebbab 24 Algeria ALG
33 Steffen Deibler 21 Germany GER
34 Duje Draganja 25 Croatia CRO
35 José Martín Meolans 30 Argentina ARG
36T Shaune Fraser 20 Cayman Islands CAY
36T Yuriy Yehoshyn 23 Ukraine UKR
38 Mitja Zastrow 31 Netherlands NED
39 Ryan Pini 26 Papua New Guinea PNG
40 Hisayoshi Sato 21 Japan JPN
41 Matti Rajakylä 23 Finland FIN
42 Virdhawal Khade 16 India IND
43 Martín Kutscher 23 Uruguay URU
44 Stanislav Neverovsky 27 Belarus BLR
45 Tiago Venâncio 21 Portugal POR
46 Romāns Miloslavskis 24 Latvia LAT
47 Terrence Haynes 23 Barbados BAR
48 Aristidis Grigoriadis 22 Greece GRE
49 Örn Arnarson 26 Iceland ISL
50 Norbert Trandafir 20 Romania ROU
51 Danil Haustov 27 Estonia EST
52 Aleksandr Sklyar 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
53 Jan Roodzant 24 Aruba ARU
54 Im Nam-Gyun 21 South Korea KOR
55 Pyotr Romashkin 19 Uzbekistan UZB
56 Mikayel Koloyan 25 Armenia ARM
57 Gaël Adam 22 Mauritius MRI
58 Carl Probert 32 Fiji FIJ
59 Christopher Duenas 16 Guam GUM
60 Roy-Allan Burch 22 Bermuda BER
61 Obaid Al-Jasmi 26 United Arab Emirates UAE
62 Rony Bakale 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
63 Miguel Navarro 26 Bolivia BOL
64 Sofyan El-Gadi 16 Libya LBA