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Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

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


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.

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