Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between 11–12 August at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.[1]

Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Aquatics Stadium
Dates11 August 2016 (heats &
12 August 2016 (final)
Competitors85 from 72 nations
Winning time21.40
Anthony Ervin  United States
Florent Manaudou  France
Nathan Adrian  United States

Sixteen years after he tied for the gold with Gary Hall, Jr., U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin, aged 35, reclaimed his title in the program's shortest race to become the oldest male champion in Olympic swimming history. He threw down a gold-medal time of 21.40 to touch out the defending titleholder Florent Manaudou of France by a hundredth of a second.[2][3] Manaudou was quick off the blocks, but could not catch Ervin near the wall to finish with a silver in 21.41.[4] Meanwhile, Ervin's teammate Nathan Adrian swam to another bronze-medal feat at the Games with a 21.49.[5][6]

Separated the top three by almost two tenths of a second, Great Britain's Benjamin Proud finished off the podium with a fourth-place time in 21.68, while Ukraine's Andriy Hovorov, who led a vast field of swimmers earlier in the heats, slipped shortly to fifth in 21.74.[7] Brazil's hometown favorite Bruno Fratus, fourth-place finalist from London 2012, and South Africa's Brad Tandy shared the sixth spot in a matching 21.79, with Lithuanian swimmer Simonas Bilis (22.08) closing out the field.[6]

Other notable swimmers featured Australia's Cameron McEvoy, Russia's Vladimir Morozov, Manaudou's brother-in-law and countryman Frédérick Bousquet, and Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell, who scored a twenty-seventh place finish in his fifth Olympic appearance.[8][9]


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

World record César Cielo (BRA)20.91São Paulo, Brazil18 December 2009
Olympic record César Cielo (BRA)21.30Beijing, China16 August 2008



1113Andriy Hovorov Ukraine21.49Q, NR
2104Nathan Adrian United States21.61Q
3105Anthony Ervin United States21.63Q
4114Florent Manaudou France21.72Q
594Cameron McEvoy Australia21.80Q
695Vladimir Morozov Russia21.81Q
7103Benjamin Proud Great Britain21.83Q
107Santo Condorelli CanadaQ
992Luca Dotto Italy21.87Q
10106Kristian Gkolomeev Greece21.93Q
115Bruno Fratus BrazilQ
1296Brad Tandy South Africa21.94Q
13116Ítalo Duarte Brazil21.96Q
1497Shinri Shioura Japan22.01Q
118Simonas Bilis LithuaniaQ, NR
16108Norbert Trandafir Romania22.10Q
17112Krisztián Takács Hungary22.12
18102Katsumi Nakamura Japan22.13
1993Damian Wierling Germany22.18
2082Yu Hexin China22.20
2178Renzo Tjon-A-Joe Suriname22.23NR
84Filip Wypych Poland
2372Ali Khalafalla Egypt22.25=NR
117Ari-Pekka Liukkonen Finland
2571Oussama Sahnoune Algeria22.27
91Frédérick Bousquet France
2787George Bovell Trinidad and Tobago22.30
2883Aleksei Brianskiy Russia22.33
2977Douglas Erasmus South Africa22.37
3088Ning Zetao China22.38
3176Federico Grabich Argentina22.44
3264Geoffrey Cheah Hong Kong22.46
3385Odysseus Meladinis Greece22.47
101Matthew Abood Australia
3573Yuri Kisil Canada22.50
98Paweł Juraszek Poland
37111Federico Bocchia Italy22.54
3881François Heersbrandt Belgium22.58
3974Jasper Aerents Belgium22.61
4065Mario Todorović Croatia22.65
4113Sidni Hoxha Albania22.80NR
86Ziv Kalontarov Israel
4366Shane Ryan Ireland22.88
4463Cristian Quintero Venezuela22.92
4562Jordan Augier Saint Lucia23.28
4667José Alberto Quintanilla Bolivia23.35
4761Vahan Mkhitaryan Armenia23.50
4856Abdoul Niane Senegal23.66
4944Hilal Hemed Hilal Tanzania23.70NR[10]
5068Anthony Barbar Lebanon23.77
5154Meli Malani Fiji23.88
55Maksim Inić Montenegro
5353Ahmad Attellesey Libya23.89
5457Mahfizur Rahman Sagor Bangladesh23.92
5558Abeiku Jackson Ghana24.30
5617Adam Viktora Seychelles24.32
5751Lum Zhaveli Kosovo24.53
5845Farhan Farhan Bahrain24.61
5943Samson Opuakpo Nigeria24.85
6052Batsaikhany Dulguun Mongolia24.90
6121Nikolas Sylvester Saint Vincent and the Grenadines25.64NR
6248Olim Qurbonov Tajikistan25.77
6347Giordan Harris Marshall Islands25.81
6446Joshua Tibatemwa Uganda25.98
6535Dionisio Augustine Federated States of Micronesia26.17
6641Billy-Scott Irakose Burundi26.36
6727Tindwende Sawadogo Burkina Faso26.38
6842Eloi Imaniraguha Rwanda26.43
6938Santisouk Inthavong Laos26.54NR
7024Albachir Mouctar Niger26.56NR
7134Ibrahim Nishwan Maldives26.72
7236Shawn Dingilius-Wallace Palau26.78
7325Osman Kamara Sierra Leone26.90
7422Bourhan Abro Djibouti27.13
7515Maël Ambonguilat Gabon27.21
7631Athoumane Solihi Comoros27.31
7732Jules Bessan Benin27.32
7833Amadou Camara Guinea27.35
7937Pap Jonga The Gambia27.48
8026Eméric Kpegba Togo27.67
8123Abdelaziz Mohamed Ahmed Sudan27.71
8228Dienov Andres Koka Republic of the Congo28.00
8314Brave Lifa Malawi28.54
8412Christian Nassif Central African Republic30.00
8516Frantz Dorsainvil Haiti30.86


Semifinal 1

15Florent Manaudou France21.32Q
24Nathan Adrian United States21.47Q
37Brad Tandy South Africa21.80Q
43Vladimir Morozov Russia21.88
56Santo Condorelli Canada21.97
62Kristian Gkolomeev Greece21.98
78Norbert Trandafir Romania21.99
81Shinri Shioura Japan22.18

Semifinal 2

14Andriy Hovorov Ukraine21.46Q, NR
5Anthony Ervin United StatesQ
36Benjamin Proud Great Britain21.54Q, NR
47Bruno Fratus Brazil21.71Q
8Simonas Bilis LithuaniaQ, NR
62Luca Dotto Italy21.84
73Cameron McEvoy Australia21.89
81Ítalo Duarte Brazil22.05


3Anthony Ervin United States21.40
4Florent Manaudou France21.41
6Nathan Adrian United States21.49
42Benjamin Proud Great Britain21.68
55Andriy Hovorov Ukraine21.74
67Bruno Fratus Brazil21.79
8Brad Tandy South Africa
81Simonas Bilis Lithuania22.08


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