Anthony Ervin Once Again Claims Olympic 50 Free Gold, Sixteen Years After Original

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Men’s 50 Free FINAL:

Sixteen years after tying for gold in the men’s 50 free with Gary Hall Jr., Anthony Ervin of the USA is back and has splashed and dashed his way to gold once again. Ervin won gold in the men’s 50 free for the first time since Hall won back in 2004.

The splash and dash is famous for it’s unpredictable results and when the men dove in for the final everyone knew it could be anyone’s game. Florent Manaudou of France was quick off the blocks but Ervin and Nathan Adrian of the USA were close behind. Ervin drove into the wall with a strong kick, out-touching Manaudou 21.40 to 21.41.

Adrian posted a close third with a final time of 21.49 to pick up the bronze.

Great Britain’s Ben Proud finished fourth overall with a time of 21.68, while Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov was fifth with a 21.74.

Hometown favorite Bruno Fratus and South Africa’s Bradley Tandy tied for sixth with matching 21.79s.

Lithuania’s Simonas Bilis was eighth with a 22.08.

Full results are available here.

3 Comments

3 comments

  1. avatar
    Bill Volckening

    Sixteen years later, and half a second faster. Oh my God, Anthony! You’re the man!

  2. avatar
    Ronald Hehn

    Ervin tied with Hall Jr. in 2000, not 2004.

  3. avatar
    Ronald Hehn

    Misread the post. Amazing effort by Ervin!

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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