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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 31, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012

Gold: USA Nathan Adrian
Silver: AUS James Magnussen
Bronze: CAN Brent Hayden

Summary

The favorite in this event was Australian James Magnussen, who earlier in the year had recorded a textile world best of 47.10, and was the defending World Champion. His challengers were felt to be Brazilian César Cielo Filho, the skinsuit world record holder and 2008 gold medalist in the 50 free, and Canadian Brent Hayden, who was runner-up to Magnussen at the 2011 Worlds, and was co-champion at the 2007 Worlds. France's Yannick Agnel, who had dominated the anchor leg of the 4×100 freestyle relay to secure the French gold medal in that event, was also highly considered.

In the final Cielo went out ahead, leading at 50 in 22.60, with Hayden second and Magnussen well behind in fifth. American Nathan Adrian was in third place at the turn. But Magnussen had the fastest finish and at 75 metres had pulled even with Adrian, as they took the lead. The finish was as close as could be, without a tie, Adrian out-touching Magnussen for the gold, 47.52 to 47.53 seconds. Hayden held on for the bronze medal, with Agnel just missing out in fourth. Cielo could not finish and dropped back to sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nathan Adrian 23 United States USA Gold
2 James Magnussen 21 Australia AUS Silver
3 Brent Hayden 28 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Yannick Agnel 20 France FRA
5 Sebastiaan Verschuren 23 Netherlands NED
6 César Cielo Filho 25 Brazil BRA
7 Hanser García 23 Cuba CUB
8 Nikita Lobintsev 23 Russia RUS
9T Gideon Louw 24 South Africa RSA
9T Konrad Czerniak 23 Poland POL
11 Fabien Gilot 28 France FRA
12T Pieter Timmers 24 Belgium BEL
12T James Roberts 21 Australia AUS
14 Cullen Jones 28 United States USA
15 Brett Fraser 22 Cayman Islands CAY
16 Shaune Fraser 24 Cayman Islands CAY
17 Norbert Trandafir 24 Romania ROU
18 Marco di Carli 27 Germany GER
19 Filippo Magnini 30 Italy ITA
20 Adam Brown 23 Great Britain GBR
21 Graeme Moore 23 South Africa RSA
22 Luca Dotto 22 Italy ITA
23 Martin Verner 32 Czech Republic CZE
24 Nicolas Oliveira 24 Brazil BRA
25 Stefan Nystrand 30 Sweden SWE
26 David Dunford 23 Kenya KEN
27 Kemal Arda Gürdal 22 Turkey TUR
28 Mindaugas Sadauskas 22 Lithuania LTU
29 Dominik Meichtry 27 Switzerland SUI
30 Uvis Kalniņš 18 Latvia LAT
31 Kristian Golomeev 19 Greece GRE
32 Ben Hockin 25 Paraguay PAR
33 Nabil Kebbab 28 Algeria ALG
34 Yevgeny Tsurkin 21 Belarus BLR
35 Gabriel Melconian Alvez 25 Uruguay URU
36 Branden Whitehurst 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
37 Sidni Hoxha 20 Albania ALB
38 Kevin Ávila 19 Guatemala GUA
39 Andrew Chetcuti 19 Malta MLT
40 Jemal le Grand 18 Aruba ARU
41 Andrew Rutherfurd 23 Bolivia BOL
42 Mohammad Bidarian 23 Iran IRI
43 Esau Simpson 21 Grenada GRN
44 Christopher Duenas 20 Guam GUM
45 Mikayel Koloyan 29 Armenia ARM
46 Sergeý Krowýakow 21 Turkmenistan TKM
47 Paul Elaisa 18 Fiji FIJ
48 Niall Roberts 21 Guyana GUY
49 Andryein Tamir 26 Mongolia MGL
50 Shane Mangroo 19 Seychelles SEY
51 Yasser Núñez 28 Nicaragua NCA
52 Mamadou Soumare 20 Mali MLI
53 Ahmed Husam 16 Maldives MDV
54 Israr Hussain 26 Pakistan PAK
55 Ammaar Ghadiyali 15 Tanzania TAN
56 Beni Binobagira 23 Burundi BDI