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Swimming at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's 50 metres Freestyle

Swimming at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 11, 2016
Date Finished: August 12, 2016

Gold: USA Anthony Ervin
Silver: FRA Florent Manaudou
Bronze: USA Nathan Adrian

Summary

As always the event was hard to predict because of the nature of the shortest sprint. France’s [Florent Manaudou] was the 2015 World Champion, the defending champion, and had the year’s fastest time of 21.41. American [Nathan Adrian] had won silver at the 2015 Worlds, and had the third fastest time of the year, also trailing Australian [Cameron McEvoy]. A medal longshot was felt to be the second American [Anthony Ervin], who was a former champion in the event, but that was 16 years ago, in 2000.

Ervin stunned the swimming world by coming back to win the gold medal in 21.40, 16 years after he had done so in Sydney. Manaudou was only 1/100th back in second, while Adrian won the bronze medal in 21.49.

Ervin equaled the mark of [Dara Torres], who won swimming gold medals 16 years apart, but hers included relays. Among male swimmers, Australian [Frank Beaurepaire] had won medals over 16 years (1908-24), but not golds. The record span for individual swimming gold medals was only 8 years, prior to Rio, although Michael Phelps won individual golds over 12 years, counting Rio. At 35 years, 78 days old on the day of the 50 metre final, Ervin became the oldest Olympic swimming gold medalist, surpassing Torres, who was 33-162 in 2000. The oldest previous individual gold medalst was Dutch woman [Inge de Bruijn], also in the 50 freestyle, in 2004 at 30-363.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anthony Ervin 35 United States USA Gold
2 Florent Manaudou 25 France FRA Silver
3 Nathan Adrian 27 United States USA Bronze
4 Ben Proud 21 Great Britain GBR
5 Andriy Hovorov 24 Ukraine UKR
6T Bruno Fratus 27 Brazil BRA
6T Brad Tandy 25 South Africa RSA
8 Simonas Bilis 22 Lithuania LTU
9 Luca Dotto 26 Italy ITA
10 Vladimir Morozov 24 Russia RUS
11 Cameron McEvoy 22 Australia AUS
12 Santo Condorelli 21 Canada CAN
13 Kristian Golomeev 23 Greece GRE
14 Norbert Trandafir 28 Romania ROU
15 Ítalo Duarte 24 Brazil BRA
16 Shinri Shioura 24 Japan JPN
17 Krisztián Takács 30 Hungary HUN
18 Katsumi Nakamura 22 Japan JPN
19 Damian Wierling 20 Germany GER
20 Yu Hexin 20 China CHN
21 Renzo Tjon A Joe 21 Suriname SUR
22 Filip Wypych 25 Poland POL
23 Ali Khalafalla 20 Egypt EGY
24 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen 27 Finland FIN
25 Oussama Sahnoune 24 Algeria ALG
26 Fréd Bousquet 35 France FRA
27 George Bovell 33 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
28 Aleksey Bryansky 18 Russia RUS
29 Douglas Erasmus 26 South Africa RSA
30 Ning Zetao 23 China CHN
31 Federico Grabich 26 Argentina ARG
32 Geoffrey Cheah 25 Hong Kong HKG
33 Odysseus Meladinis 26 Greece GRE
34 Matt Abood 30 Australia AUS
35 Yuri Kisil 20 Canada CAN
36 Paweł Juraszek 21 Poland POL
37 Federico Bocchia 29 Italy ITA
38 François Heersbrandt 26 Belgium BEL
39 Jasper Aerents 23 Belgium BEL
40 Mario Todorović 27 Croatia CRO
41 Sidni Hoxha 24 Albania ALB
42 Ziv Kalontarov 19 Israel ISR
43 Shane Ryan 22 Ireland IRL
44 Cristián Quintero 23 Venezuela VEN
45 Jordan Augier 21 Saint Lucia LCA
46 José Quintanilla 19 Bolivia BOL
47 Vahan Mkhitaryan 19 Armenia ARM
48 Abdoul Khadre Mbaye Niane 27 Senegal SEN
49 Hilal Hemed Hilal 22 Tanzania TAN
50 Anthony Barbar 23 Lebanon LIB
51T Meli Malani 19 Fiji FIJ
51T Maksim Inić 20 Montenegro MNE
53 Ahmad Attellesey 21 Libya LBA
54 Mohammad Mahfizur Rahman 23 Bangladesh BAN
55 Abeiku Gyekye Jackson 16 Ghana GHA
56 Adam Viktora 19 Seychelles SEY
57 Lum Zhaveli 26 Kosovo KOS
58 Farhan Farhan 19 Bahrain BRN
59 Samson Opuakpo 30 Nigeria NGR
60 Batsaikhanyn Dölgöön 29 Mongolia MGL
61 Nikolas Sylvester 16 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VIN
62 Olim Kurbanov 18 Tajikistan TJK
63 Giordan Harris 23 Marshall Islands MHL
64 Joshua Tibatemwa 19 Uganda UGA
65 Dionisio Augustine 24 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
66 Billy Irakose 19 Burundi BDI
67 Thierry Sawadogo 21 Burkina Faso BUR
68 Eloi Imaniraguha 21 Rwanda RWA
69 Santisouk Inthavong 16 Laos LAO
70 Albarchir Mouctar 21 Niger NIG
71 Ibrahim Nishwan 19 Maldives MDV
72 Shawn Dingilius-Wallace 22 Palau PLW
73 Osman Kamara 28 Sierra Leone SLE
74 Bourhan Abro 21 Djibouti DJI
75 Maël Ambonguilat 18 Gabon GAB
76 Soule Soilihi Athoumane 25 Comoros COM
77 Jules Bessan 37 Benin BEN
78 Amadou Camara 22 Guinea GUI
79 Pap Jonga 19 Gambia GAM
80 Eméric Kpegba 17 Togo TOG
81 Abdelaziz Mohamed Ahmed 21 Sudan SUD
82 Dienov Andrés Koka 20 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
83 Brave Lifa 20 Malawi MAW
84 Christian Nassif 22 Central African Republic CAF
85 Frantz Dorsainvil 25 Haiti HAI