Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Centre
Date August 12, 2008 (heats)
August 13, 2008 (semifinals)
August 14, 2008 (final)
Competitors 64 from 55 nations
Winning time 47.21
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Brazil
Bronze medal    United States
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Swimming events at the
2008 Summer Olympics
Sample picture of the event (unofficial)
Freestyle
50 m   men   women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men women
Medley relay
4×100 m men women
Marathon
10 km men women

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 12–14 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

Alain Bernard stormed home on the final lap to claim France's first ever gold medal in the event with a time of 47.21.[2] Australia's world record holder Eamon Sullivan enjoyed a great start in the first 50 metres, but ended up with a silver in 47.32, just 0.11 of a second behind Bernard. U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak and Brazil's César Cielo tied for the bronze medal in a matching time of 47.67.[3][4]

Two-time defending champion Pieter van den Hoogenband finished the race in fifth place at 47.75. Although he missed an opportunity to attain a third straight triumph in the same event, Van den Hoogenband became the first ever swimmer to reach the final at his fourth Olympics. Four months later, he announced his retirement from the sport, ending an Olympic career with a total of seven medals, including three golds.[3][5][6]

Van den Hoogenband was followed in sixth by South Africa's Lyndon Ferns (48.04), and in seventh by Sullivan's teammate Matt Targett (48.20). After missing out the semifinals in Athens four years earlier, Sweden's Stefan Nystrand rounded out the finale to eighth place in 48.33.[3]

Earlier in the semifinals, Bernard and Sullivan exchanged world-record performances to set up a battle race for the final. Swimming in the first heat, Bernard delivered a time of 47.20 to erase a 0.04-second standard set by Sullivan during his lead-off leg in the 4×100 m freestyle relay. A few minutes later, Sullivan had taken back the record in the second semifinal at 47.05.[7][8]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Alain Bernard (FRA) 47.50 Eindhoven, Netherlands 22 March 2008
Olympic record  Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED) 47.84 Sydney, Australia 19 September 2000

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
13 August Semifinal 1 Alain Bernard France 47.20 WR
13 August Semifinal 2 Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.05 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 4 Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.80 Q
2 8 5 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 47.83 Q
3 7 6 Brent Hayden Canada 47.84 Q
4 9 4 Alain Bernard France 47.85 Q
5 8 6 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 47.97 Q
6 7 8 Milorad Čavić Serbia 48.15 Q, NR, WD
7 8 3 César Cielo Filho Brazil 48.16 Q
8 9 5 Garrett Weber-Gale United States 48.19 Q
9 9 7 Lyndon Ferns South Africa 48.26 Q
10 7 3 Filippo Magnini Italy 48.30 Q
11 7 4 Jason Lezak United States 48.33 Q
12 9 6 Matt Targett Australia 48.40 Q
13 7 5 Fabien Gilot France 48.42 Q
14 8 2 Andrey Grechin Russia 48.50 Q
15 9 8 Jonas Persson Sweden 48.51 Q
16 7 7 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 48.55 Q, NR
16 8 8 Christian Galenda Italy 48.55 Q
18 9 3 Yevgeny Lagunov Russia 48.59
19 7 1 Yoris Grandjean Belgium 48.82
20 6 8 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 48.83
21 5 6 Martin Verner Czech Republic 48.95
22 6 5 Albert Subirats Venezuela 48.97 NR
23 8 1 Joel Greenshields Canada 49.04
24 4 4 Jason Dunford Kenya 49.06
25 6 1 Chen Zuo China 49.08
26 4 5 Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or Israel 49.10
27 9 1 Jakob Andkjær Denmark 49.25
28 5 5 Balázs Makány Hungary 49.27
28 5 7 Paulius Viktoravicius Lithuania 49.27
30 8 7 Ryk Neethling South Africa 49.28
31 4 6 Peter Mankoč Slovenia 49.33
32 6 3 Nabil Kebbab Algeria 49.38
33 9 2 Steffen Deibler Germany 49.39
34 7 2 Duje Draganja Croatia 49.49
35 6 2 José Meolans Argentina 49.50
36 5 1 Shaune Fraser Cayman Islands 49.56
36 6 7 Yuriy Yegoshin Ukraine 49.56
38 6 4 Mitja Zastrow Netherlands 49.61
39 4 1 Ryan Pini Papua New Guinea 49.72 NR
40 6 6 Hisayoshi Sato Japan 49.85
41 4 3 Matti Rajakylä Finland 49.91
42 3 4 Virdhawal Khade India 50.07
43 5 2 Martín Kutscher Uruguay 50.08
44 5 3 Stanislau Neviarouski Belarus 50.14
45 5 4 Tiago Venâncio Portugal 50.30
46 3 2 Romāns Miloslavskis Latvia 50.40
47 3 3 Terrence Haynes Barbados 50.50 NR
48 4 8 Aristeidis Grigoriadis Greece 50.62
49 5 8 Örn Arnarson Iceland 50.68
50 4 2 Norbert Trandafir Romania 50.74
51 4 7 Danil Haustov Estonia 50.92
52 3 7 Alexandr Sklyar Kazakhstan 51.24
53 2 6 Jan Roodzant Aruba 51.69
54 3 6 Lim Nam-Gyun South Korea 51.80
55 3 1 Petr Romashkin Uzbekistan 51.83
56 2 3 Mikael Koloyan Armenia 51.89
57 2 2 Gael Adam Mauritius 52.35
58 2 5 Carl Probert Fiji 52.37
59 3 8 Christopher Duenas Guam 52.64
60 2 4 Roy-Allan Burch Bermuda 52.65
61 2 7 Obaid Al-Jasmi United Arab Emirates 53.29 NR
62 1 3 Emile Bakale Congo 55.08
63 1 4 Miguel Angel Navarro Bolivia 56.96
64 1 5 Sofyan El Gidi Libya 57.89

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Alain Bernard France 47.20 Q, WR
2 4 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 47.91 Q
3 2 Jason Lezak United States 47.98 Q
4 6 Lyndon Ferns South Africa 48.00 Q
5 3 César Cielo Filho Brazil 48.07 Q
6 8 Christian Galenda Italy 48.47
7 1 Jonas Persson Sweden 48.59
8 7 Fabien Gilot France 49.00

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.05 Q, WR
2 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 47.68 Q, NR
3 7 Matt Targett Australia 47.88 Q
4 2 Filippo Magnini Italy 48.11
5 6 Garrett Weber-Gale United States 48.12
6 5 Brent Hayden Canada 48.20
7 1 Andrey Grechin Russia 48.71
8 8 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 49.58

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Alain Bernard France 47.21
2 4 Eamon Sullivan Australia 47.32
3 7 Jason Lezak United States 47.67
3 8 César Cielo Filho Brazil 47.67 SA
5 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands 47.75
6 1 Lyndon Ferns South Africa 48.04
7 6 Matt Targett Australia 48.20
8 2 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 48.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "France's Alain Bernard clinches 100m freestyle gold". France 24. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Lohn, John (13 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Alain Bernard Captures 100 Free Gold". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bernard pips Sullivan for 100m gold". ABC News. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Linden, Julian (13 August 2008). "Van den Hoogenband hangs up his goggles". Reuters. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ian Thorpe honours Pieter van den Hoogenband". Herald Sun. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (12 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Flash Alain Bernard Reclaims World Record in Semifinal 1 of 100 Free, Eamon Sullivan Says Give Me That Back". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Johanson, Simon (13 August 2008). "Sullivan smashes world record – again". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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