Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

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Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Podium50.jpg
The medal ceremony of the 50m final.
Venue Beijing National Aquatics Center
Dates August 14, 2008 (heats)
August 15, 2008 (semifinals)
August 16, 2008 (final)
Competitors 97 from 90 nations
Winning time 21.30 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    Brazil
Silver medal    France
Bronze medal    France
«2004 2012»
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 50 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 14–16 August at the Beijing National Aquatics Center in Beijing, China.[1]

César Cielo made an Olympic milestone to become Brazil's first ever gold medalist in swimming. He rocketed to an unexpected triumph in a new Olympic record of 21.30, the second-fastest in history, powering past the field by 0.15 of a second, a sizable chunk in the event's shortest race.[2][3] The French tandem of Amaury Leveaux and Alain Bernard took home the silver and bronze with respective times of 21.45 and 21.49.[4]

Australia's Ashley Callus finished fourth in 21.62, while his teammate and world record holder Eamon Sullivan was a fraction behind the leading pack in sixth at 21.65.[5] For the first time in Olympic history, no American swimmer had reached the podium in the event, as the reigning world champion Ben Wildman-Tobriner, swimming on the outside in lane eight, pulled off a fifth-place effort in 21.64.[6] Competing at their third Olympics, South Africa's Roland Mark Schoeman (21.67) and Sweden's Stefan Nystrand (21.72) rounded out the finale in seventh and eighth place, respectively.[4]

Earlier in the prelims, Cielo posted a time of 21.47 to erase Alexander Popov's 1992 Olympic record by 0.44 of a second. One heat later, Leveaux established the same record by winning the twelfth heat in 21.46.[7] The following morning, in the semifinals, Cielo lowered again an Olympic record to 21.34 that had been set by Leveaux in the preliminaries under 0.12 seconds.[8]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 21.28 Sydney, Australia 28 March 2008 [9]
Olympic record  Alexander Popov (EUN) 21.91 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992 -

The following Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Time Record
14 August Heat 11 César Cielo Brazil 21.47 OR
14 August Heat 12 Amaury Leveaux France 21.46 OR
15 August Semifinal 2 César Cielo Brazil 21.34 OR
16 August Final César Cielo Brazil 21.30 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 12 4 Amaury Leveaux France 21.46 Q, OR
2 11 5 César Cielo Brazil 21.47 Q, OR, =AM
3 12 3 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 21.75 Q
3 12 5 Ben Wildman-Tobriner United States 21.75 Q
5 13 3 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.76 Q
6 11 1 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
7 13 5 Alain Bernard France 21.78 Q
8 13 4 Eamon Sullivan Australia 21.79 Q
9 11 4 Garrett Weber-Gale United States 21.95 Q
10 12 7 Rafed El-Masri Germany 21.96 Q
11 11 7 Nicholas Santos Brazil 22.00 Q
12 11 3 Duje Draganja Croatia 22.05 Q
13 13 2 Ashley Callus Australia 22.11 Q
14 12 6 Krisztián Takács Hungary 22.14 Q
15 11 6 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 22.15 Q
16 12 2 Gideon Louw South Africa 22.17 Q
17 12 1 Andrey Grechin Russia 22.20
18 10 4 Jernej Godec Slovenia 22.21
19 8 4 Flori Lang Switzerland 22.27
20 9 1 David Dunford Kenya 22.29
21 13 1 Yevgeny Lagunov Russia 22.30
22 11 2 Javier Noriega Spain 22.33
23 13 6 Mark Foster Great Britain 22.35
23 13 8 Salim Iles Algeria 22.35
25 9 6 Miko Mälberg Estonia 22.37 NR
26 10 5 Apostolos Tsagkarakis Greece 22.39
27 10 6 Richard Hortness Canada 22.42
28 10 7 Yoris Grandjean Belgium 22.45
29 10 1 Matti Rajakylä Finland 22.48
30 9 3 Cai Li China 22.50
30 9 7 Alessandro Calvi Italy 22.50
32 10 3 Robert Lijesen Netherlands 22.51
33 10 2 Jakob Andkjær Denmark 22.52
34 8 8 Jacinto de Jesus Ayala Benjamin Dominican Republic 22.57
35 10 8 José Meolans Argentina 22.58
36 9 2 Andrei Radzionau Belarus 22.65 NR
37 11 8 Kaan Tayla Turkey 22.66
38 13 7 Steffen Deibler Germany 22.67
39 9 8 Daniel Coakley Philippines 22.69
40 9 5 Virdhawal Khade India 22.73
41 7 4 Oliver Elliot Chile 22.75 NR
42 8 3 Yuriy Yegoshin Ukraine 22.77
43 7 2 Norbert Trandafir Romania 22.80
44 7 8 Árni Már Árnason Iceland 22.81 NR
45 7 5 Jevon Atkinson Jamaica 22.83 NR
45 8 1 Mohammad Madwa Kuwait 22.83
47 8 6 Jonathan Javier Camacho Riera Venezuela 22.87
48 7 6 Stanislav Kuzmin Kazakhstan 22.91
49 9 4 Camilo Becerra Colombia 22.93
50 8 5 Francisco Picasso Uruguay 23.01
51 7 3 Martyn Forde Barbados 23.08
52 8 2 Elvis Burrows Bahamas 23.19
53 7 1 Joshua Laban Virgin Islands 23.28
54 12 8 Mohamed El Nady Egypt 23.92
55 6 4 Yellow Yeiyah Nigeria 24.00
56 7 7 Vitaly Vasilyev Kyrgyzstan 24.02
57 6 5 Rodion Davelaar Netherlands Antilles 24.21
58 8 7 Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania 24.36
59 6 6 Anas Hamadeh Jordan 24.40
60 6 2 Luke Hall Swaziland 24.41
61 5 7 Alain Brigion Tobe Cameroon 24.53
62 1 4 Alois Dansou Benin 24.54
63 5 5 Sidni Hoxha Albania 24.56
64 1 5 Omar Jasim Bahrain 24.65
65 5 4 Zane Jordan Zambia 24.82
66 6 1 Daniel Lee Sri Lanka 24.92
67 6 7 Chakyl Camal Mozambique 24.93 NR
68 5 3 Andrey Molchanov Turkmenistan 25.02
69 6 8 Niall Roberts Guyana 25.13
70 5 6 Kerson Hadley Federated States of Micronesia 25.34
71 4 4 Stewart Glenister American Samoa 25.45
72 5 1 John Kamyuka Botswana 25.54
73 4 3 Hamse Abdouh Palestine 25.60
74 5 2 Adil Baig Pakistan 25.66
75 1 3 Omar Nunez Nicaragua 26.00
76 5 8 Kouassi Brou Ivory Coast 26.08
77 4 5 Kyaw Zin Myanmar 26.17
78 4 6 Tural Abbasov Azerbaijan 26.31
79 4 1 Hemthon Ponloeu Cambodia 27.39
80 3 5 Charlton Nyirenda Malawi 27.46
81 4 7 Prasiddha Jung Shah Nepal 27.59
82 4 8 Gilbert Kaburu Uganda 27.72
83 3 3 Jackson Niyomugabo Rwanda 27.74
84 3 7 Khalid Rushaka Tanzania 28.50
85 3 6 Dwayne Didon Seychelles 28.95
86 3 8 Mohamed Coulibaly Mali 29.09
87 3 1 Alisher Chingizov Tajikistan 29.10
88 3 2 Ibrahim Shameel Maldives 29.28
89 3 4 Mamadou Cisse Guinea 29.29
90 2 3 Thepphithak Chindavong Laos 29.31
91 6 3 Mohamed Attoumane Comoros 29.63
92 2 6 Rene Jacob Yougbara Burkina Faso 30.08
93 4 2 Ahmed Adam Sudan 30.12
94 2 4 Abdulsalam Al Gadabi Yemen 30.63 NR
95 2 5 Mohamed Alhousseini Alhassan Niger 30.90
96 2 2 Kareem Valentine Antigua and Barbuda 31.23
97 2 7 Stany Kempompo Ngangola DR Congo 35.19

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 César Cielo Filho Brazil 21.34 Q, OR, AM
2 5 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 21.71 Q
3 6 Eamon Sullivan Australia 21.75 Q
4 1 Krisztián Takács Hungary 21.84
5 7 Duje Draganja Croatia 21.85
6 3 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 21.86
7 8 Gideon Louw South Africa 21.97
8 2 Rafed El-Masri Germany 22.09

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Alain Bernard France 21.54 Q
2 1 Ashley Callus Australia 21.68 Q
3 3 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.74 Q
4 4 Amaury Leveaux France 21.76 Q
4 5 Ben Wildman-Tobriner United States 21.76 Q
6 2 Garrett Weber-Gale United States 22.08
7 8 Bartosz Kizierowski Poland 22.12
8 7 Nicholas Santos Brazil 22.15

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 4 César Cielo Filho Brazil 21.30 OR, AM
2nd 1 Amaury Leveaux France 21.45
3rd 5 Alain Bernard France 21.49
4 3 Ashley Callus Australia 21.62
5 8 Ben Wildman-Tobriner United States 21.64
6 7 Eamon Sullivan Australia 21.65
7 2 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.67 AF
8 6 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 21.72

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Swimming Schedule". USA Today. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Big Cesar' races to first Brazilian swim gold". ESPN. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cielo hands Brazil's first swimming gold". South China Morning Post. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Lohn, John (16 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cesar Cielo Claims 50 Free Gold in Olympic Record Time". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cielo Filho takes 50m gold". ABC News. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Crumpacker, John (16 August 2008). "Wildman-Tobriner is 5th in the 50". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Olympic Standard Falls Twice in Men's 50 Free Prelims". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Lohn, John (14 August 2008). "Olympics, Swimming: Cesar Cielo Drops Olympic Record in 50 Free Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sullivan snaps 50m record again". ABC News. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 

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