Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Date July 31, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 1, 2012 (final)
Competitors 60 from 54 nations
Winning time 47.52
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    Canada
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Swimming at the
2012 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 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 31 July and 1 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

In one of the closest finishes in Olympic history, Nathan Adrian touched out Australia's top favorite James Magnussen at the wall by a fingertip to recapture the Olympic title for the Americans since Matt Biondi topped the podium in 1988. Coming third at the halfway turn, Adrian powered home on the final stretch with a textile best and a gold medal in 47.52 to edge out Magnussen, also known as "The Missile", by a hundredth of a second (0.01).[2][3] Meanwhile, Magnussen ended the most exhilarating race of his life with a heartbreaking defeat, as he accepted a second straight silver for the Aussies in 47.53.[4][5] Canada's Brent Hayden picked up the bronze in 47.80, handing his squad its first ever medal in the event's history.[6][7]

After claiming two golds and a silver in the past four days, France's Yannick Agnel could not produce his similar effort with a fourth-place time in 47.84.[8][9] Meanwhile, Netherlands' Sebastiaan Verschuren pulled off a fifth-place finish in 47.88. Heading into the halfway turn with an early lead, Brazil's world record holder César Cielo dropped back to sixth in 47.92.[10] Cuba's Hanser García (48.04) and Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (48.44) also vied for an Olympic medal to round out a historic finale.[7]

Records[edit]

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

World record  César Cielo (BRA) 46.91 Rome, Italy 30 July 2009 [11][12]
Olympic record  Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 47.05 Beijing, China 13 August 2008 [13]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[14]

Start of the men's 100m Freestyle heat 8
Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 5 Nathan Adrian United States 48.19 Q
2 6 1 Gideon Louw South Africa 48.29 Q
3 8 2 Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands 48.37 Q
4 8 4 James Magnussen Australia 48.38 Q
5 8 5 Brent Hayden Canada 48.51 Q
6 6 7 Brett Fraser Cayman Islands 48.54 Q
6 7 8 Pieter Timmers Belgium 48.54 Q, NR
8 6 3 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 48.60 Q
9 8 7 Cullen Jones United States 48.61 Q
10 7 7 Konrad Czerniak Poland 48.63 Q
11 6 4 César Cielo Brazil 48.67 Q
12 7 4 James Roberts Australia 48.93 Q
12 7 5 Yannick Agnel France 48.93 Q
14 8 3 Fabien Gilot France 48.95 Q
15 7 2 Hanser García Cuba 48.97 Q
16 8 1 Shaune Fraser Cayman Islands 48.99 Q
17 5 4 Norbert Trandafir Romania 49.02
18 7 6 Marco di Carli Germany 49.03
19 6 2 Filippo Magnini Italy 49.18
20 6 8 Adam Brown Great Britain 49.20
21 7 3 Graeme Moore South Africa 49.29
22 8 6 Luca Dotto Italy 49.43
23 5 2 Martin Verner Czech Republic 49.49
24 7 1 Nicolas Oliveira Brazil 49.51
25 8 8 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 49.55
26 5 6 David Dunford Kenya 49.60
27 4 5 Kemal Arda Gürdal Turkey 49.71
28 5 7 Mindaugas Sadauskas Lithuania 49.78
29 5 8 Dominik Meichtry Switzerland 49.95
30 4 7 Uvis Kalniņš Latvia 49.96
31 5 1 Kristian Gkolomeev Greece 50.08
32 4 6 Benjamin Hockin Paraguay 50.12
33 4 3 Nabil Kebbab Algeria 50.37
34 4 4 Yauhen Tsurkin Belarus 50.53
35 4 1 Gabriel Melconian Alvez Uruguay 50.68
36 4 8 Branden Whitehurst Virgin Islands 51.04
37 3 4 Sidni Hoxha Albania 51.11 NR
38 3 2 Kevin Avila Soto Guatemala 51.44
39 3 5 Andrew Chetcuti Malta 51.67 NR
40 3 3 Jemal le Grand Aruba 51.86
41 3 7 Andrew Rutherfurd Bolivia 52.57
42 3 6 Mohammed Bidarian Iran 52.93
43 2 4 Esau Simpson Grenada 53.26
44 3 8 Christopher Duenas Guam 53.37
45 3 1 Mikael Koloyan Armenia 53.82
46 2 2 Sergeý Krowýakow Turkmenistan 54.43 NR
47 2 3 Paul Elaisa Fiji 54.87
48 2 5 Niall Roberts Guyana 55.66
49 2 1 Tamir Andryei Mongolia 56.37
50 2 6 Shane Mangroo Seychelles 56.46
51 2 7 Omar Núñez Nicaragua 57.11
52 1 4 Mamadou Soumare Mali 57.32
53 1 5 Ahmed Husam Maldives 57.53
54 2 8 Israr Hussain Pakistan 57.86
55 1 6 Ammaar Ghadiyali Tanzania 1:01.07
56 1 3 Beni Bertrand Binobagira Burundi 1:04.57
60 4 2 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago DNS
60 5 3 Lü Zhiwu China DNS
60 5 5 Dominik Kozma Hungary DNS
60 6 6 Danila Izotov Russia DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 James Magnussen Australia 47.63 Q
2 2 César Cielo Brazil 48.17 Q
3 6 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 48.38 Q
4 4 Gideon Louw South Africa 48.44
5 1 Fabien Gilot France 48.49
6 7 James Roberts Australia 48.57
7 3 Brett Fraser Cayman Islands 48.92
8 8 Shaune Fraser Cayman Islands 49.07

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Nathan Adrian United States 47.97 Q
2 8 Hanser García Cuba 48.04 Q, NR
3 5 Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands 48.13 Q
4 3 Brent Hayden Canada 48.21 Q
5 1 Yannick Agnel France 48.23 Q
6 7 Konrad Czerniak Poland 48.44
7 6 Pieter Timmers Belgium 48.57
8 2 Cullen Jones United States 48.60

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Nathan Adrian United States 47.52
2 4 James Magnussen Australia 47.53
3 7 Brent Hayden Canada 47.80
4 1 Yannick Agnel France 47.84
5 6 Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands 47.88
6 2 César Cielo Brazil 47.92
7 3 Hanser García Cuba 48.04 =NR
8 8 Nikita Lobintsev Russia 48.44

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Nathan Adrian of U.S. wins 100-meter freestyle gold medal by smallest of margins". CBS News. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Auerbach, Nicole (1 August 2012). "Nathan Adrian wins gold in dramatic finish in 100 free". USA Today. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Heartbreak as James Magnussen falls to American Nathan Adrian by 1/100th of second". News Corp Australia. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Agony as Magnussen pipped for 100m gold". ABC News Australia. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "London 2012: Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden wins bronze medal in 100-metre freestyle". Toronto Star. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012 London Olympics: USA's Nathan Adrian Clips James Magnussen for 100 Free Gold". Swimming World Magazine. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Das, Andrew (1 August 2012). "American Adrian Wins 100-Meter Freestyle". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "USA's Adrian beats Magnussen for 100 free gold". Foxtel. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nathan Adrian beats James Magnussen to 100m freestyle gold". BBC Sport. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Crouse, Karen (31 July 2009). "Lochte Finds Phelps Is Everywhere but in the Pool". New York Times. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Cielo sets 50-meter freestyle mark". ESPN. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ Johanson, Simon (13 August 2008). "Sullivan smashes world record – again". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Men's 100m Freestyle – Heats". London 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 

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