Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 9–10 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates9 August 2016 (heats &
10 August 2016 (final)
Competitors59 from 46 nations
Winning time47.58 WJR
Kyle Chalmers  Australia
Pieter Timmers  Belgium
Nathan Adrian  United States

At 18 years of age, Kyle Chalmers defeated the experienced field of sprinters to become Australia's first Olympic champion in this event since Michael Wenden topped the podium in 1968. Rallying from seventh at the halfway turn, he overhauled the field for the gold medal and a junior world record in 47.58.[2][3] Swimming out of lane seven, Pieter Timmers posted a 47.80 to take home the silver for the Belgians, along with a national record. Meanwhile, U.S. sprinter and defending champion Nathan Adrian barely advanced out of the prelims earlier, but bounced back to earn a bronze in the final with a 47.85.[4][5][6]

Leading the race early on the initial length, Canada's Santo Condorelli narrowly slipped out of the podium to fourth in 47.88, just a 0.03-second deficit behind Adrian.[7] British teenager Duncan Scott finished fifth in 48.01 to match his own national record that he set in the heats.[8] American youngster Caeleb Dressel picked up a sixth spot in 48.02, while Australia's pre-race favorite Cameron McEvoy dropped back to seventh in 48.12.[9] Amid the delight of the home crowd, Brazil's Marcelo Chierighini rounded out the field with an eighth-place time in 48.42.[6]

Notable swimmers missed the final roster, including China's Ning Zetao, the defending World champion, and Russia's Vladimir Morozov, who was allowed to compete in Rio, after filing a successful appeal against his possible doping report ban.[10]


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

World record César Cielo (BRA)46.91Rome, Italy30 July 2009
Olympic record Eamon Sullivan (AUS)47.05Beijing, China13 August 2008



173Kyle Chalmers Australia47.90Q, WJR
272Caeleb Dressel United States47.91Q
356Duncan Scott Great Britain48.01Q, NR
484Cameron McEvoy Australia48.12Q
565Santo Condorelli Canada48.22Q
668Joseph Schooling Singapore48.27Q, NR
788Damian Wierling Germany48.35Q
863Vladimir Morozov Russia48.39Q
982Pieter Timmers Belgium48.46Q
1085Luca Dotto Italy48.47Q
1178Yuri Kisil Canada48.49Q
1262Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands48.51Q
1366Marcelo Chierighini Brazil48.53Q
1464Ning Zetao China48.57Q
83Clément Mignon FranceQ
1674Nathan Adrian United States48.58Q
1761Katsumi Nakamura Japan48.61
1875Jérémy Stravius France48.62
1955Glenn Surgeloose Belgium48.65
2051Kristian Gkolomeev Greece48.68
2176Andrey Grechin Russia48.75
2286Federico Grabich Argentina48.78
2342Dylan Carter Trinidad and Tobago48.80NR
2446Richárd Bohus Hungary48.86
2567Yu Hexin China48.87
2644Dominik Kozma Hungary48.92
2777Shinri Shioura Japan48.94
2887Nicolas Oliveira Brazil49.05
2971Benjamin Proud Great Britain49.14
3054Simonas Bilis Lithuania49.16
3134Oussama Sahnoune Algeria49.20
3243Park Tae-hwan South Korea49.24
81Velimir Stjepanović Serbia
3441Cristian Quintero Venezuela49.25
3545Yauhen Tsurkin Belarus49.37
3658Anže Tavčar Slovenia49.38
3757Filippo Magnini Italy49.40
3852Marius Radu Romania49.57
3953Björn Hornikel Germany49.62
4032Shane Ryan Ireland49.82
4133Aleksandar Nikolov Bulgaria50.08
4247Ari-Pekka Liukkonen Finland50.14
48Matthew Stanley New Zealand
4435Benjamin Hockin Paraguay50.26
4526Igor Mogne Mozambique50.65NR
36Ziv Kalontarov Israel
4738Raphaël Stacchiotti Luxembourg50.79
4825Sean Gunn Zimbabwe50.87
4937Bradley Vincent Mauritius50.89
5024Matthew Abeysinghe Sri Lanka50.96
5123Andrew Chetcuti Malta51.37
5214Jhonny Pérez Dominican Republic51.50
5331Nicholas Magana Peru51.53
5413Thibaut Amani Danho Ivory Coast52.78
5522Miguel Mena Nicaragua53.40
5621Rami Anis Refugee Olympic Team54.35
5727Pou Sovijja Cambodia54.55
5828Sirish Gurung Nepal57.76NR
5915Robel Kiros Habte Ethiopia1:04.95


Semifinal 1

18Nathan Adrian United States47.83Q
25Cameron McEvoy Australia47.93Q
34Caeleb Dressel United States47.97Q
46Vladimir Morozov Russia48.26
57Sebastiaan Verschuren Netherlands48.28
61Ning Zetao China48.37
72Luca Dotto Italy48.49
83Joseph Schooling Singapore48.70

Semifinal 2

14Kyle Chalmers Australia47.88Q, WJR
23Santo Condorelli Canada47.93Q
32Pieter Timmers Belgium48.14Q, NR
45Duncan Scott Great Britain48.20Q
51Marcelo Chierighini Brazil48.23Q
67Yuri Kisil Canada48.28
78Clément Mignon France48.57
86Damian Wierling Germany48.66


5Kyle Chalmers Australia47.58WJR
7Pieter Timmers Belgium47.80NR
4Nathan Adrian United States47.85
46Santo Condorelli Canada47.88
51Duncan Scott Great Britain48.01NR
62Caeleb Dressel United States48.02
73Cameron McEvoy Australia48.12
88Marcelo Chierighini Brazil48.41


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