Swimming at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 21–22 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
VenueSydney International Aquatic Centre
DateSeptember 21, 2000 (heats &
September 22, 2000 (final)
Competitors80 from 73 nations
Winning time21.98
Anthony Ervin
 United States
Gary Hall, Jr.
 United States
Pieter van den Hoogenband

U.S. swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and Anthony Ervin, who trained together at the Phoenix Swim Club, tied for the gold; they finished with a matching time of 21.98, edging out Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband by five hundredths of a second (0.05) in 22.03.[2][3]

Italy's Lorenzo Vismara finished fourth in 22.11, while Poland's Bartosz Kizierowski was a fraction behind the leading pack in sixth at 22.22. Russia's double defending champion Alexander Popov finished outside the medals in sixth place with a time of 22.24.[2][4] Great Britain's four-time Olympian Mark Foster (22.41) and Ukraine's Oleksandr Volynets (22.51) rounded out the finale.[2] Earlier in the prelims, Volynets made a surprise packet with a ninth fastest time and a Ukrainian record of 22.52 to lead the sixth heat.[5]

Ervin stopped swimming competitively in 2003, auctioned off his gold medal on eBay to aid survivors of the 2004 tsunami, but returned from retirement to claim his place on his second Olympics, in London, twelve years after his first.[6][7][8] Both men would later go on to win another gold in this event outright (Hall, Jr. in 2004 and Ervin in 2016), edging out the runner-up by 0.01 second in their respective races.


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

World record Alexander Popov (RUS)21.64Moscow, Russia16 June 2000
Olympic record Alexander Popov (EUN)21.91Barcelona, Spain30 July 1992




196Bartosz Kizierowski Poland22.05Q, NR
294Gary Hall, Jr. United States22.14Q
3104Alexander Popov Russia22.15Q
484Anthony Ervin United States22.24Q
5105Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands22.32Q
686Ricardo Busquets Puerto Rico22.42Q
7106Brett Hawke Australia22.45Q, OC
895Brendon Dedekind South Africa22.48Q
962Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine22.52Q, NR
10103Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa22.53Q
87Stefan Nystrand SwedenQ, NR
1292Johan Kenkhuis Netherlands22.61Q
1385Lorenzo Vismara Italy22.62Q
1483Mark Foster Great Britain22.65Q
1598Denis Pimankov Russia22.74Q
16102Chris Fydler Australia22.80Q
1774Jiang Chengji China22.82
66Kim Min-suk South KoreaNR
19108Julio Santos Ecuador22.83
2093Fernando Scherer Brazil22.88
2182José Meolans Argentina22.89
2281Salim Iles Algeria22.95
23107Edvaldo Silva Filho Brazil22.96
88Eduardo Lorente Spain
2568Peter Mankoč Slovenia23.02
2676Attila Zubor Hungary23.03
2767Stavros Michaelides Cyprus23.05
2871Stephan Kunzelmann Germany23.08
29101Indrek Sei Estonia23.11
3051Ravil Nachaev Uzbekistan23.12
3172Christophe Bühler Switzerland23.15
3277Marijan Kanjer Croatia23.16
3375Marcos Hernández Cuba23.20
3473Dzmitry Kalinouski Belarus23.21
65Yoav Bruck Israel
3678Pedro Silva Portugal23.27
3754Allan Murray Bahamas23.34
3861Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania23.36
3964Thierry Wouters Belgium23.44
4041Sergey Borisenko Kazakhstan23.46
4144Sergey Ashihmin Kyrgyzstan23.53
4257Richard Sam Bera Indonesia23.56
4358Nebojša Bikić Yugoslavia23.57
4452Camilo Becerra Colombia23.63
4534Estebán Blanco Costa Rica23.72NR
4656Tamer Hamed Egypt23.77
4748Serghei Stolearenco Moldova23.84
4843Paul Kutscher Uruguay23.90
4947Luis López Hartinger Peru24.00
46Leslie Kwok Singapore
5142Huang Chih-yung Chinese Taipei24.01
5235Howard Hinds Netherlands Antilles24.07
5345Harbeth Fu Wing Hong Kong24.20
5438Zurab Beridze Georgia24.28
5553Rodrigo Olivares Chile24.50
5631Ayoub Al-Mas United Arab Emirates24.91
5733Omar Hughes Grenada25.07
5832Dmitri Margaryan Armenia25.29
5926Jamie Peterkin Saint Lucia25.33
6037Emin Guliyev Azerbaijan25.36
6111Wael Ghassan Qatar25.43
6224Davy Bisslik Aruba25.57
6336João Aguiar Angola25.70
6425Muhammad Ahmed Iraq25.84
6523Ilidio Matusse Mozambique26.28
6628Hem Kiri Cambodia26.41
6721Kenneth Maronie Dominica26.85
6827Khalid Al-Kulaibi Oman26.96
6915Chitra Bahadur Gurung Nepal27.02
7022Sikhounxay Ounkhamphanyavong Laos27.03
7114Anlloyd Samuel Palau27.24
7213Stephenson Wallace Saint Vincent and the Grenadines27.84
7316Hassan Mubah Maldives28.86
7412Bakary Sereme Mali29.69
7518Samson Ndayishimiye Rwanda38.76
17Mohamed Abdul Hamid SudanDSQ
63Craig Hutchison CanadaDSQ
55Francisco Sánchez VenezuelaDNS
91Romain Barnier FranceDNS
97Lars Frölander SwedenDNS


Semifinal 1

14Gary Hall, Jr. United States22.07Q
25Anthony Ervin United States22.13Q
31Mark Foster Great Britain22.32Q
46Brendon Dedekind South Africa22.39
58Chris Fydler Australia22.41
67Johan Kenkhuis Netherlands22.47
72Stefan Nystrand Sweden22.49NR
83Ricardo Busquets Puerto Rico22.51

Semifinal 2

13Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands22.11Q
25Alexander Popov Russia22.17Q
31Lorenzo Vismara Italy22.30Q
44Bartosz Kizierowski Poland22.35Q
52Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine22.36Q, NR
67Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa22.41
76Brett Hawke Australia22.49
88Denis Pimankov Russia22.89


4Gary Hall, Jr. United States21.98
3Anthony Ervin United States
5Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands22.03
42Lorenzo Vismara Italy22.11
51Bartosz Kizierowski Poland22.22
66Alexander Popov Russia22.24
77Mark Foster Great Britain22.41
88Oleksandr Volynets Ukraine22.51


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