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Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: July 29, 2012

Gold: RSA Cameron van der Burgh
Silver: AUS Christian Sprenger
Bronze: USA Brendan Hansen


Something was missing in this event. The 2011 World Champion was Norwegian [Alexander Dale Oen], who had won a silver medal in this event in 2008. Training in Flagstaff, Arizona in April 2012, Oen collapsed in his shower after a morning swim, and died later that day. The swimming world mourned the loss of the popular Norwegian who would have been favored in London in the 100 breast.

But something was back in two-time defending champion [Kosuke Kitajima] of Japan, and another surprise returnee was American [Brendan Hansen]. Hansen had competed at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, but had always struggled to defeat Kitajima and had won silver in this event in 2004 and placed fourth in 2008. He retired after the 2008 Olympics, with two relay gold medals but no individual golds, and that gnawed at him. He returned to the water in 2011 attempting to fill that one hole in his swimming résumé, and won the US titles in the 100 and 200 breast in 2011 and qualified for the 2012 US Olympic team.

Both Kitajima and Hansen made the final as did Australian [Brenton Rickard], who had set the world record of 58.58 in 2009. Also in the final was Italy's [Fabio Scozzoli], second to Oen at the 2011 Worlds, and South African [Cameron van der Burgh], who had won bronze medals at the 2011 Worlds in both the 50 and 100 breaststroke events. Kitajima started the final in the early lead but had nothing left, was only fifth at the wall, and would finish fifth. Van der Burgh blasted to 27.07 at the wall, more than ½-second ahead of Rickard's world record split, and would maintain that to win in a world record 58.46. The silver went to Australian [Christian Sprenger], while Hansen finished third for the bronze medal, despite swimming in lane eight. Rickard placed sixth with Scozzoli seventh.

After he finished, van der Burgh gave a skyward salute, paying homage to his close friend, Alexander Dale Oen.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cameron van der Burgh 24 South Africa RSA Gold
2 Christian Sprenger 26 Australia AUS Silver
3 Brendan Hansen 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Dániel Gyurta 23 Hungary HUN
5 Kosuke Kitajima 29 Japan JPN
6 Brenton Rickard 28 Australia AUS
7 Fabio Scozzoli 23 Italy ITA
8 Giedrius Titenis 23 Lithuania LTU
9 Michael Jamieson 23 Great Britain GBR
10 Ryo Tateishi 23 Japan JPN
11 Eric Shanteau 28 United States USA
12 Felipe França Silva 25 Brazil BRA
13 Felipe Lima 27 Brazil BRA
14 Craig Benson 18 Great Britain GBR
15 Glenn Snyders 25 New Zealand NZL
16 Scott Dickens 27 Canada CAN
17 Giacomo Perez-Dortona 22 France FRA
18 Damir Dugonjič 24 Slovenia SLO
19 Christian vom Lehn 20 Germany GER
20 Lennart Stekelenburg 25 Netherlands NED
21 Hendrik Feldwehr 25 Germany GER
22 Panagiotis Samilidis 18 Greece GRE
23T Valeriy Dymo 26 Ukraine UKR
23T Mattia Pesce 22 Italy ITA
25 Carlos Almeida 23 Portugal POR
26 Laurent Carnol 22 Luxembourg LUX
27 Roman Sludnov 32 Russia RUS
28 Li Xiayan 22 China CHN
29T Martin Liivamägi 24 Estonia EST
29T Barry Murphy 26 Ireland IRL
31 Čaba Silađi 21 Serbia SRB
32T Imri Ganiel 20 Israel ISR
32T Dawid Szulich 22 Poland POL
34 Vlad Polyakov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
35 Edgar Crespo 23 Panama PAN
36 Jakob Sveinsson 29 Iceland ISL
37T Dragoș Agache 28 Romania ROU
37T Malick Fall 26 Senegal SEN
39 Azad Barazi 24 Syria SYR
40 Dănilă Artiomov 17 Moldova MDA
41 Amini Fonua 22 Tonga TGA
42 Mubarak Al-Besher 24 United Arab Emirates UAE
43 Diguan Pigot 18 Suriname SUR
44 Wael Koubrousli 24 Lebanon LIB