Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

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Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
Venue Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Dates August 19, 2004 (heats &
semifinals)
August 20, 2004 (final)
Competitors 86 from 78 nations
Winning time 21.93
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Gary Hall, Jr.  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Duje Draganja  Croatia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa
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Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
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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

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2004 Summer Olympics was contested at the Olympic Aquatic Centre of the Athens Olympic Sports Complex in Athens, Greece on August 19 and 20.[1]

United States' Gary Hall Jr. defended his Olympic title in the event in 21.93, just two hundredths of a second off the record set by Alexander Popov in 1992.[2] The silver medal was awarded to Croatia's Duje Draganja, who placed behind Hall by a hundredth-second margin in 21.94. South Africa's Roland Mark Schoeman completed his full set of medals by adding a bronze in 22.02, just 0.03 of a second off his time from the semifinals (21.99).[3]

Defending bronze medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband of the Netherlands (22.56), and dual Olympic champion Alexander Popov of Russia 22.58) missed the semifinals by less than a tenth of a second.[4] By the following year, Popov announced his retirement from swimming, and became a full-time member of the International Olympic Committee.

Eleven first round heats were raced, comprising a total of 86 swimmers. The fastest 16 swimmers from this group qualified to move on to the semifinals stage.[5] After the heats had been raced, the cut-off time was 22.53 seconds. The 16 swimmers who advanced then raced in two semifinals of eight swimmers each, the results being pooled and the fastest eight swimmers advancing to the final.[5] The cut-off time to proceed into the final was 22.19 seconds.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Alexander Popov (RUS) 21.64 Moscow, Russia 16 June 2000
Olympic record  Alexander Popov (EUN) 21.91 Barcelona, Spain 30 July 1992

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 11 4 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 22.04 Q
2 10 8 Frédérick Bousquet  France 22.24 Q
3 9 3 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 22.26 Q
11 8 Salim Iles  Algeria Q, NR
5 8 5 Duje Draganja  Croatia 22.28 Q
6 9 6 Julien Sicot  France 22.30 Q
7 9 4 Jason Lezak  United States 22.33 Q
8 11 5 Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa 22.41 Q
11 2 Oleksandr Volynets  Ukraine Q
10 9 2 Brett Hawke  Australia 22.42 Q
11 1 Stefan Nystrand  Sweden Q
12 8 4 Ricardo Busquets  Puerto Rico 22.45 Q
13 8 2 Karel Novy  Switzerland 22.51 Q
14 9 5 Javier Noriega  Spain 22.52 Q
10 7 Fernando Scherer  Brazil Q
16 11 6 Lyndon Ferns  South Africa 22.53 Q
17 11 3 Pieter van den Hoogenband  Netherlands 22.56
18 10 3 Johan Kenkhuis  Netherlands 22.58
10 4 Alexander Popov  Russia
8 6 Rafed El-Masri  Syria
21 7 1 Rolandas Gimbutis  Lithuania 22.59
22 10 2 Lorenzo Vismara  Italy 22.70
23 10 5 Eduardo Lorente  Spain 22.71
24 7 3 Apostolos Tsagkarakis  Greece 22.72
25 9 1 Michele Scarica  Italy 22.80
26 11 7 Ashley Callus  Australia 22.82
27 9 7 José Meolans  Argentina 22.90
28 10 6 Vyacheslav Shyrshov  Ukraine 22.96
29 9 8 Andrey Kapralov  Russia 22.97
30 10 1 Matthew Rose  Canada 23.01
31 7 6 Milorad Čavić  Serbia and Montenegro 23.05
32 6 2 Krisztián Takács  Hungary 23.12
33 6 1 Stanislau Neviarouski  Belarus 23.13
34 8 7 Marcos Hernández  Cuba 23.19
35 7 2 Lee Chung-hee  South Korea 23.20
36 7 7 Camilo Becerra  Colombia 23.23
7 4 Pedro Silva  Portugal
5 7 Ravil Nachaev  Uzbekistan
39 6 8 Kaan Tayla  Turkey 23.26
40 5 4 Carl Probert  Fiji 23.31
41 7 5 Jere Hård  Finland 23.33
42 7 3 Chen Zuo  China 23.41
43 6 3 Julio Santos  Ecuador 23.43
5 6 Joshua Laban  Virgin Islands
45 6 4 Chrysanthos Papachrysanthou  Cyprus 23.51
46 5 1 Allen Ong  Malaysia 23.52
6 6 Arwut Chinnapasaen  Thailand
48 6 7 Wang Shao-an  Chinese Taipei 23.54
49 6 5 Danil Haustov  Estonia 23.56
50 4 4 José Mafio  Uruguay 23.58
51 4 5 Jevon Atkinson  Jamaica 23.61
52 5 2 Raichin Antonov  Bulgaria 23.67
53 4 6 Rodrigo Díaz  Guatemala 23.69
54 5 5 Örn Arnarson  Iceland 23.84
55 5 8 Oleg Shteynikov  Kazakhstan 23.88
56 4 3 Terrence Haynes  Barbados 23.90
57 4 8 Abed Rahman Kaaki  Lebanon 24.68
58 4 2 Gregory Arkhurst  Ivory Coast 24.82
4 7 Mauricio Prudencio  Bolivia
60 4 1 Alois Dansou  Benin 24.86
61 1 4 Emile Rony Bakale  Congo 25.07
62 3 5 Chris Hackel  Mauritius 25.33
63 1 3 Ahmed Mohamed Jewel  Bangladesh 25.47
64 3 4 Cole Shade Sule  Cameroon 26.16
65 3 3 Johnathan Steele  Grenada 26.40
66 3 6 Kreshnik Gjata  Albania 26.61
5 3 Semen Danilov  Kyrgyzstan
68 2 4 Anderson Bonabart  Federated States of Micronesia 26.75
69 1 2 Ibrahim Maliki  Niger 26.81
70 3 8 Hem Kiri  Cambodia 27.49
71 3 2 Khaled Ghezzawi  Libya 27.55
72 2 3 Hojamamed Hojamamedov  Turkmenistan 27.68
73 3 1 Hassan Mubah  Maldives 27.71
74 1 7 Donnie Defreitas  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 27.72
75 3 7 Edgar Luberenga  Uganda 27.77
76 1 5 Abdourahamane Diawara  Guinea 28.10
77 2 5 Bounthanom Vongphachanh  Laos 28.17
78 2 7 Leonce Sekama  Rwanda 28.99
79 1 6 David Keita  Mali 29.96
80 2 2 Mohamed Saad  Yemen 29.97
81 2 6 Mamadou Ouedraogo  Burkina Faso 30.36
82 2 8 Malique Williams  Antigua and Barbuda 32.86
83 2 1 Yona Walesi  Malawi 34.11
8 1 Luis Rojas  Venezuela DNS
8 3 Peter Mankoč  Slovenia DNS
8 8 George Bovell  Trinidad and Tobago DNS

Semifinals[edit]

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa 21.99 Q
2 2 Brett Hawke  Australia 22.07 Q
3 5 Salim Iles  Algeria 22.16 Q, NR
4 3 Julien Sicot  France 22.26
5 4 Frédérick Bousquet  France 22.29
6 1 Javier Noriega  Spain 22.36
7 8 Lyndon Ferns  South Africa 22.46
8 7 Ricardo Busquets  Puerto Rico 22.52

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Jason Lezak  United States 22.12 Q
2 2 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 22.18 Q
4 Stefan Nystrand  Sweden Q
7 Oleksandr Volynets  Ukraine Q
5 3 Duje Draganja  Croatia 22.19 Q
6 5 Bartosz Kizierowski  Poland 22.22
7 8 Fernando Scherer  Brazil 22.27
8 1 Karel Novy  Switzerland 22.63

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 2 Gary Hall, Jr.  United States 21.93
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 Duje Draganja  Croatia 21.94
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4 Roland Mark Schoeman  South Africa 22.02
4 1 Stefan Nystrand  Sweden 22.08
5 3 Jason Lezak  United States 22.11
6 5 Brett Hawke  Australia 22.18
7 7 Oleksandr Volynets  Ukraine 22.26
8 6 Salim Iles  Algeria 22.37

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Harris, Beth (21 August 2004). "Defiant Hall wins 50m free". Associated Press. Washington Times. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Stephen (20 August 2004). "Hall Does it Again, Repeats as 50 Free Champ". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (19 August 2004). "Men’s 50 Freestyle Prelims Day 6: Hall Splashes a Hot 22.04, Fastest Qualifier; Lezak Makes This One but Popov, Hoogie Bow Out". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Beginner's guide to swimming". BBC Sport. 15 April 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "Swimming – Current World Records – Men" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Swimming—Current Olympic Records—Men" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 21 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007. 

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