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Men's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing
Date Started: August 14, 2008
Date Finished: August 16, 2008

Gold: BRA César Cielo Filho
Silver: FRA Amaury Leveaux
Bronze: FRA Alain Bernard

Summary

The shortest race on the Olympic schedule was expected to be a sequel to the 100 freestyle which had taken place a few days earlier with France’s Alain Bernard and Eamon Sullivan of Australian once more to the fore. The two men had traded the world record between them in the early part of the Olympic year with Sullivan emerging as the current holder with a blistering performance at the Australian trials. Sullivan, perhaps smarting from his defeat in the 100, was not a factor in the final and the race instead marked the breakthrough of American-trained Brazilian César Cielo Filho. The NCAA champion fought off the challenges of Bernard and his compatriot Amaury Leveaux to record a historic victory for Brazil. It was the first time that a Brazilian swimmer had won an Olympic title.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 César Cielo Filho 21 Brazil BRA Gold OR
2 Amaury Leveaux 22 France FRA Silver
3 Alain Bernard 25 France FRA Bronze
4 Ashley Callus 29 Australia AUS
5 Ben Wildman-Tobriner 23 United States USA
6 Eamon Sullivan 22 Australia AUS
7 Roland Schoeman 28 South Africa RSA
8 Stefan Nystrand 26 Sweden SWE
9 Krisztián Takács 22 Hungary HUN
10 Duje Draganja 25 Croatia CRO
11 George Bovell 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
12 Gideon Louw 20 South Africa RSA
14 Garrett Weber-Gale 23 United States USA
13 Rafed El-Masri 25 Germany GER
15 Bartosz Kizierowski 31 Poland POL
16 Nicholas Santos 28 Brazil BRA
17 Andrey Grechin 20 Russia RUS
18 Jernej Godec 22 Slovenia SLO
19 Flori Lang 25 Switzerland SUI
20 David Dunford 19 Kenya KEN
21 Yevgeny Lagunov 22 Russia RUS
22 Javier Noriega 28 Spain ESP
23T Mark Foster 38 Great Britain GBR
23T Salim Iles 33 Algeria ALG
25 Miko Mälberg 23 Estonia EST
26 Apostolos Tsangarakis 26 Greece GRE
27 Richard Hortness 23 Canada CAN
28 Yoris Grandjean 19 Belgium BEL
29 Matti Rajakylä 23 Finland FIN
30T Cai Li 20 China CHN
30T Alessandro Calvi 25 Italy ITA
32 Robert Lijesen 23 Netherlands NED
33 Jakob Andkjær 23 Denmark DEN
34 Jacinto Ayala 21 Dominican Republic DOM
35 José Martín Meolans 30 Argentina ARG
36 Andrey Radionov 23 Belarus BLR
37 Kaan Tayla 22 Turkey TUR
38 Steffen Deibler 21 Germany GER
39 Daniel Coakley 18 Philippines PHI
40 Virdhawal Khade 16 India IND
41 Oliver Elliot 21 Chile CHI
42 Yuriy Yehoshyn 23 Ukraine UKR
43 Norbert Trandafir 20 Romania ROU
44 Arni Arnason 20 Iceland ISL
45T Jevon Atkinson 24 Jamaica JAM
45T Mohammad Madwa 21 Kuwait KUW
47 Jonathan Camacho 22 Venezuela VEN
48 Stanislav Kuzmin 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
49 Camilo Becerra 28 Colombia COL
50 Francisco Picasso 26 Uruguay URU
51 Martyn Forde 23 Barbados BAR
52 Elvis Vereance Burrows 19 Bahamas BAH
53 Josh Laban 25 United States Virgin Islands ISV
54 Mohamed El-Nady 23 Egypt EGY
55 Yellow Yei Yah 23 Nigeria NGR
56 Vitaly Vasilyev 35 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
57 Rodion Davelaar 18 Netherlands Antilles AHO
58 Rolandas Gimbutis 27 Lithuania LTU
59 Anas Hamoudeh 19 Jordan JOR
60 Luke Hall 19 Swaziland SWZ
61 Alain Brigion 21 Cameroon CMR
62 Alois Dansou 26 Benin BEN
63 Sidni Hoxha 16 Albania ALB
64 Omar Jasim 17 Bahrain BRN
65 Zane Jordan 17 Zambia ZAM
66 Daniel Lee 18 Sri Lanka SRI
67 Chakyl Camal 18 Mozambique MOZ
68 Andrey Molchanov 21 Turkmenistan TKM
69 Niall Roberts 17 Guyana GUY
70 Kerson Hadley 19 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
71 Stewart Glenister 19 American Samoa ASA
72 John Kamyuka 19 Botswana BOT
73 Hamza Abdo 17 Palestine PLE
74 Adil Baig 25 Pakistan PAK
75 Yasser Núñez 24 Nicaragua NCA
76 Kouassi Brou 16 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
77 Zin Kyaw 19 Myanmar MYA
78 Tural Abbasov 18 Azerbaijan AZE
79 Hemthon Ponloeu 17 Cambodia CAM
80 Charlton Nyirenda 19 Malawi MAW
81 Prasiddha Shah 19 Nepal NEP
82 Gilbert Kaburu 26 Uganda UGA
83 Jackson Niyomugabo 20 Rwanda RWA
84 Khalid Rushaka 28 Tanzania TAN
85 Dwayne Didon 13 Seychelles SEY
86 Mohamed Coulibaly 18 Mali MLI
87 Alisher Chingizov 22 Tajikistan TJK
88 Ibrahim Shameel 16 Maldives MDV
89 Mamadou Cisse 22 Guinea GUI
90 Thepphithak Chindavong 17 Laos LAO
91 Mohamed Attoumane 26 Comoros COM
92 Rene Yougbare 23 Burkina Faso BUR
93 Ahmed Adam 20 Sudan SUD
94 Abdulsalam Al-Gadabi 30 Yemen YEM
95 Mohamed Alhousseini 30 Niger NIG
96 Kareem Valentine 15 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
97 Stany Kempompo Ngangola 34 Congo (Kinshasa) COD