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Swimming at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's 50 metres Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 2, 2012
Date Finished: August 3, 2012

Gold: FRA Florent Manaudou
Silver: USA Cullen Jones
Bronze: BRA César Cielo Filho

Summary

Brazil's César Cielo Filho was the defending champion, the 2011 World Champion, and the world record holder and was favored. Other contenders were the two Americans, US champion Cullen Jones, and 2000 co-champion Anthony Ervin, who had retired for 10 years only to return in 2011 in an attempt to make another Olympic team. The fastest qualifiers were Cielo and Jones, who dead-heated in their semi-final. Out in lane seven in the final was France's Florent Manaudou, better known as the brother of Laure Manaudou, gold medalist at Athens in 2004. Perhaps he was not seen by the favorites but it was Manaudou who came to the wall first, finishing in 21.34, the fastest ever textile time, to win the gold medal. Jones was second in 21.54, equaling his semi-final time, while Cielo came in for bronze in 21.59.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Florent Manaudou 21 France FRA Gold
2 Cullen Jones 28 United States USA Silver
3 César Cielo Filho 25 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Bruno Fratus 23 Brazil BRA
5 Anthony Ervin 31 United States USA
6 Roland Schoeman 32 South Africa RSA
7 George Bovell 29 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
8 Eamon Sullivan 26 Australia AUS
9 Gideon Louw 24 South Africa RSA
10 Andrey Grechin 24 Russia RUS
11 James Magnussen 21 Australia AUS
12 Krisztián Takács 26 Hungary HUN
13 Luca Dotto 22 Italy ITA
14T Andriy Hovorov 20 Ukraine UKR
14T Brent Hayden 28 Canada CAN
16 Norbert Trandafir 24 Romania ROU
17 Stefan Nystrand 30 Sweden SWE
18 Amaury Leveaux 26 France FRA
19 Marco Orsi 21 Italy ITA
20 Adam Brown 23 Great Britain GBR
21 Sergey Fesikov 23 Russia RUS
22 Jasper Aerents 19 Belgium BEL
23 Hanser García 23 Cuba CUB
24 Roy-Allan Burch 26 Bermuda BER
25 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen 23 Finland FIN
26 Shi Yang 23 China CHN
27 David Dunford 23 Kenya KEN
28 Mario Todorović 23 Croatia CRO
29 Barry Murphy 26 Ireland IRL
30 Ioannis Kalargaris 22 Greece GRE
31 Arni Arnason 24 Iceland ISL
32 Brett Fraser 22 Cayman Islands CAY
33 Kacper Majchrzak 19 Poland POL
34 Shehab Younis 24 Egypt EGY
35 Federico Grabich 22 Argentina ARG
36 Luke Hall 23 Swaziland SWZ
37 Kareem Ennab 25 Jordan JOR
38 Chakyl Camal 22 Mozambique MOZ
39 Rahman Md Mahfizur 19 Bangladesh BAN
40 Kerson Hadley 23 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
41 Zac Payne 18 Cook Islands COK
42 Adama Ouedraogo 25 Burkina Faso BUR
43 Rony Bakale 24 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
44 Kouassi Brou 20 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
45 Tolga Akcayli 19 Saint Vincent VIN
46 Giordan Harris 19 Marshall Islands MHL
47 Prasiddha Shah 23 Nepal NEP
48 Hemthon Ponloeu 21 Cambodia CAM
49 Abdourahman Osman 18 Djibouti DJI
50 Mohamed El-Khedr 24 Sudan SUD
51 Ching Wei 26 American Samoa ASA
52 Jackson Niyomugabo 24 Rwanda RWA
53 Ganzi Mugula 33 Uganda UGA
54 Paul Ekane 21 Cameroon CMR
55 Christian Nassif 18 Central African Republic CAF
56 Phathana Inthavong 15 Laos LAO
57 Mulualem Teshale 24 Ethiopia ETH
58 Wilfried Tevoedjre 32 Benin BEN