Swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

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Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue London Aquatics Centre
Dates August 2, 2012 (heats &
semifinals)
August 3, 2012 (final)
Competitors 58 from 51 nations
Winning time 21.34
Medalists
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Brazil
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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 50 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom.[1]

France's Florent Manaudou stunned the entire field to join his sister Laure Manaudou on top of the podium for the Olympic sprint freestyle title. Swimming in lane seven, he threw down a scorching time and a textile best in 21.34 to hold off U.S. swimmer Cullen Jones and Brazil's top sprinter César Cielo by two-tenths of a second, a sizable chunk in the event's shortest race.[2][3] Jones took home the silver in 21.54 to match his semifinal time in the process, while Cielo missed a chance to secure his title with a bronze medal in 21.59.[4][5][6]

Cielo's teammate Bruno Fratus finished outside the podium by almost a fingertip with a fourth-place time in 21.61. After twelve years of absence as a 31-year-old, U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin, who previously tied with Gary Hall, Jr. for the gold in 2000, managed to pull off a fifth-place finish in 21.78.[7] Ervin was followed in sixth and seventh by four-time Olympians Roland Mark Schoeman of South Africa (21.80) and George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago (21.82).[8][9] Plagued by injury, Australia's Eamon Sullivan struggled to mount a sprint challenge in a high-calibre race as he finished eighth in 21.98.[6][10]

Earlier in the semifinals, Australia's top sprinter James Magnussen missed the star-studded roster with an eleventh-place time in 22.00.[11][12] Other notable swimmers featured Swedish veteran Stefan Nystrand (22.32) and France's Amaury Leveaux (22.35), the defending silver medalist, both of whom fell short of the semifinal field by a small fraction of a second on the morning prelims.[13]

Records[edit]

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

World record  César Cielo (BRA) 20.91 Rome, Italy 18 December 2009 [14][15]
Olympic record  César Cielo (BRA) 21.30 Beijing, China 16 August 2008 [16]

No new records were set during this competition.

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

[17]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 3 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
2 8 4 César Cielo Brazil 21.80 Q
3 8 5 Bruno Fratus Brazil 21.82 Q
4 6 4 Anthony Ervin United States 21.83 Q
5 7 1 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.92 Q
6 7 4 Cullen Jones United States 21.95 Q
7 6 5 Andrey Grechin Russia 22.09 Q
7 7 7 Andriy Govorov Ukraine 22.09 Q
7 8 3 Florent Manaudou France 22.09 Q
10 7 5 James Magnussen Australia 22.11 Q
11 8 6 Luca Dotto Italy 22.12 Q
11 8 7 Gideon Louw South Africa 22.12 Q
13 8 8 Brent Hayden Canada 22.15 Q
14 6 6 Krisztián Takács Hungary 22.19 Q
15 6 8 Norbert Trandafir Romania 22.22 Q, NR
16 7 3 Eamon Sullivan Australia 22.27 Q
17 6 2 Stefan Nystrand Sweden 22.32
18 7 6 Amaury Leveaux France 22.35
19 7 2 Marco Orsi Italy 22.36
20 6 7 Adam Brown Great Britain 22.39
21 8 2 Sergey Fesikov Russia 22.42
22 5 3 Jasper Aerents Belgium 22.43
23 6 1 Hanser García Cuba 22.45
24 4 4 Roy-Allan Burch Bermuda 22.47 NR
25 7 8 Ari-Pekka Liukkonen Finland 22.57
26 5 1 Yang Shi China 22.64
27 5 4 David Dunford Kenya 22.72
28 5 7 Mario Todorović Croatia 22.75
29 4 5 Barry Murphy Ireland 22.76
30 8 1 Ioannis Kalargaris Greece 22.80
31 5 8 Árni Már Árnason Iceland 22.81 =NR
32 5 5 Brett Fraser Cayman Islands 22.91
33 5 6 Kacper Majchrzak Poland 23.00
34 4 3 Shehab Younis Egypt 23.16
35 5 2 Federico Grabich Argentina 23.30
36 4 6 Luke Hall Swaziland 23.48
37 4 2 Kareem Ennab Jordan 24.09
38 4 7 Chakyl Camal Mozambique 24.43
39 4 1 Mahfizur Rahman Sagor Bangladesh 24.64
40 3 6 Kerson Hadley Federated States of Micronesia 24.82
41 3 4 Adama Ouedraogo Burkina Faso 25.26
42 4 8 Zachary Payne Cook Islands 25.26
43 3 5 Emile Bakale Congo 25.64
44 3 2 Kouassi Brou Ivory Coast 25.82
45 3 3 Tolga Akcayli Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 26.27
46 3 1 Giordan Harris Marshall Islands 26.88
47 3 8 Prasiddha Jung Shah Nepal 26.93
48 3 7 Hemthon Ponloeu Cambodia 27.03
49 2 2 Abdourahman Osman Djibouti 27.25
50 2 6 Mohamed Elkhedr Sudan 27.26
51 2 3 Ching Maou Wei American Samoa 27.30
52 2 7 Jackson Niyomugabo Rwanda 27.38
53 2 5 Ganzi Mugula Uganda 27.58
54 2 4 Paul Edingue Ekane Cameroon 27.87
55 1 5 Christian Nassif Central African Republic 28.04
56 1 4 Phathana Inthavong Laos 28.17
57 2 1 Mulualem Girma Teshale Ethiopia 28.99
58 1 3 Wilfried Tevoedjre Benin 29.77

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 3 Cullen Jones United States 21.54 Q
1 4 César Cielo Brazil 21.54 Q
3 5 Anthony Ervin United States 21.62 Q
4 8 Eamon Sullivan Australia 21.88 Q
5 7 Gideon Louw South Africa 21.92
6 2 James Magnussen Australia 22.00
7 1 Krisztián Takács Hungary 22.01
8 6 Andriy Govorov Ukraine 22.12

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 5 Bruno Fratus Brazil 21.63 Q
2 4 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 21.77 Q
3 2 Florent Manaudou France 21.80 Q
4 3 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.88 Q
5 6 Andrey Grechin Russia 21.98
6 7 Luca Dotto Italy 22.09
7 1 Brent Hayden Canada 22.12
8 8 Norbert Trandafir Romania 22.30

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st 7 Florent Manaudou France 21.34
2nd 5 Cullen Jones United States 21.54
3rd 4 César Cielo Brazil 21.59
4 6 Bruno Fratus Brazil 21.61
5 3 Anthony Ervin United States 21.78
6 8 Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa 21.80
7 2 George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago 21.82
8 1 Eamon Sullivan Australia 21.98

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Bovell considers retirement". Guardian Media Limited. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Sullivan reveals injury". The Australian. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics: Cesar Cielo, Cullen Jones Deadheat for 50 Free Top Seed; Anthony Ervin Qualifies Third". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Missile bows out of 50 free, Sullivan advances". ABC News Australia. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "2012 London Olympics: George Bovell Posts Olympic Textile Best to Lead 50 Free Qualifying; Cesar Cielo, Anthony Ervin, Cullen Jones Among Semifinalists". Swimming World Magazine. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Brazil's Cesar Cielo breaks 50m freestyle world record". France24. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Brazil Long Course Championships: Cesar Cielo Sets World Record". Swimming World Magazine. 18 December 2009. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "'Big Cesar' races to first Brazilian swim gold". ESPN. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
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