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
1st, gold medalist(s) Nathan Adrian  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Magnussen  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Brent Hayden  Canada
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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
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 favorite James Magnussen at the wall by a fingertip to win the event at the Olympics for the Americans for the first time since Matt Biondi topped the podium in 1988. Coming from third at the halfway turn, Adrian powered home on the final stretch, finishing 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, adding more than four tenths of a second from his best time of 47.10 at the 2012 Australian Championships.[4][5] Canada's Brent Hayden picked up the bronze in 47.80, winning his first Olympic medal and handing the Canadians their 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 to sixth in 47.92.[10] Cuba's Hanser García (48.04) and Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (48.44) also tied 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
Olympic record  Eamon Sullivan (AUS) 47.05 Beijing, China 13 August 2008

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
7 8 Pieter Timmers  Belgium 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
1st, gold medalist(s) 5 Nathan Adrian  United States 47.52
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 James Magnussen  Australia 47.53
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 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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  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. 
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