Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 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 17 and 18.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
VenueAthens Olympic Aquatic Centre
DatesAugust 17, 2004 (heats &
August 18, 2004 (final)
Competitors71 from 55 nations
Winning time48.17
Pieter van den Hoogenband
Roland Mark Schoeman
 South Africa
Ian Thorpe

Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband defended his Olympic title in the event, outside the record time of 48.17. Roland Mark Schoeman, who solidified South Africa's triumph to break a world record in the 400 m freestyle relay, took home the silver in 48.23. Australia's Ian Thorpe edged out Schoeman's teammate Ryk Neethling to clinch a bronze medal by 0.07 of a second, in his personal best of 48.56.[2][3]

Two-time Olympic champion Alexander Popov finished only in ninth place by just two hundredths of a second (0.02) outside the top 8 field from the semifinals (49.23).[4] By the following year, Popov announced his retirement from swimming, and became a full-time member of the International Olympic Committee. Other notable swimmers who missed the final cut featured France's Frédérick Bousquet, Lithuania's Rolandas Gimbutis, Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell, and U.S. duo Jason Lezak and Ian Crocker. This became the first 100m freestyle where not a single American even qualified for the semifinals.


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

World record Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED)47.84Sydney, Australia19 September 2000
Olympic record Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED)47.84Sydney, Australia19 September 2000



174Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands48.70Q
254Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania48.85Q
75Ryk Neethling South AfricaQ
461Duje Draganja Croatia49.07Q
572Frédérick Bousquet France49.08Q
685Ian Thorpe Australia49.17Q
791Romain Barnier France49.49Q
895Alexander Popov Russia49.51Q
983Andrey Kapralov Russia49.52Q
1077Peter Mankoč Slovenia49.54Q
1193Filippo Magnini Italy49.58Q
1288George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago49.61Q
1384Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa49.68Q
1462Luis Rojas Venezuela49.69Q
1571Torsten Spanneberg Germany49.71Q
1692Salim Iles Algeria49.72Q
1766Yuriy Yegoshin Ukraine49.73
73Ian Crocker United States
1981Milorad Čavić Serbia and Montenegro49.74
2068Stefan Nystrand Sweden49.75
2194Jason Lezak United States49.87
2264Karel Novy Switzerland49.93
2365Matthew Kidd Great Britain49.97
2497José Meolans Argentina49.98
2582Lorenzo Vismara Italy50.03
2698Tiago Venâncio Portugal50.18
2758Yoshihiro Okumura Japan50.24
2863Attila Zubor Hungary50.26
2956Stanislau Neviarouski Belarus50.36
3087Eduardo Lorente Spain50.48
3186Ashley Callus Australia50.56
3255Aristeidis Grigoriadis Greece50.61
3367Jader Souza Brazil50.67
52Matti Rajakylä Finland
3546Romāns Miloslavskis Latvia50.94
3696Stephan Kunzelmann Germany50.98
3753Danil Haustov Estonia51.02
3842Alexandros Aresti Cyprus51.10
3945Ryan Pini Papua New Guinea51.11
4033Carl Probert Fiji51.42
4143Paul Kutscher Uruguay51.45
4244Kaan Tayla Turkey51.52
4351Cameron Gibson New Zealand51.56
4441George Gleason Virgin Islands51.69
4534Lee Chung-hee South Korea51.74
31Ismael Ortiz Panama
4723Octavian Guţu Moldova51.84
4835Damian Alleyne Barbados51.89
4936Max Schnettler Chile51.91
5047Allen Ong Malaysia52.04
5132Vyacheslav Titarenko Kazakhstan52.09
5248Raichin Antonov Bulgaria52.33
5325Camilo Becerra Colombia52.57
5438Wu Nien-pin Chinese Taipei52.58
5526Željko Panić Bosnia and Herzegovina52.75
5637Mark Chay Singapore52.83
5724Aleksandr Agafonov Uzbekistan52.92
5821Obaid Al Jasmi United Arab Emirates54.17
5927Onan Orlando Thom Guyana55.24
6057Huang Shaohua China55.46
6122Babak Farhoudi Iran56.42
6228Jean Laurent Ravera Monaco56.47
6312Mohammed Abbas Iraq56.81
6416Tamir Andryei Mongolia57.29
6517Leonel Matonse Mozambique57.79
6614Hesham Shehab Bahrain57.94
6713Sergey Dyachkov Azerbaijan58.26
6815Mumtaz Ahmed Pakistan59.19
6911Emery Nziyunvira Burundi1:09.40
76Brent Hayden CanadaDNS
78Rick Say CanadaDNS


Semifinal 1

18Salim Iles Algeria49.13Q
25Duje Draganja Croatia49.14Q
33Ian Thorpe Australia49.21Q
46Alexander Popov Russia49.23
57George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago49.53
62Peter Mankoč Slovenia49.71
74Rolandas Gimbutis Lithuania49.75
81Luis Rojas Venezuela49.85

Semifinal 2

11Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa48.39Q
24Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands48.55Q
37Filippo Magnini Italy48.91Q
42Andrey Kapralov Russia49.12Q
55Ryk Neethling South Africa49.18Q
63Frédérick Bousquet France49.25
76Romain Barnier France49.63
88Torsten Spanneberg Germany49.88


5Pieter van den Hoogenband Netherlands48.17
4Roland Mark Schoeman South Africa48.23
8Ian Thorpe Australia48.56
41Ryk Neethling South Africa48.63
53Filippo Magnini Italy48.99
67Duje Draganja Croatia49.23
72Salim Iles Algeria49.30
6Andrey Kapralov Russia


  1. "Swimming schedule". BBC Sport. 5 August 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  2. "Van den Hoogenband wins 100 meters". CNN. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Hoogie Takes the 100 Free, Repeats Sydney Win, Schoeman takes Silver, Thorpe the Bronze". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  4. Whitten, Phillip (18 August 2004). "Day 4, Semifinals: Schoeman, Hoogie Qualify 1-2 for the 100 Free Final; Popov Is Out". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
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