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  • The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics took place on 2–3 August at the London Aquatics Centre in London, United Kingdom. France's Florent Manaudou stunned the entire field to join his sister Laure Manaudou on top of the podium for the Olympic sprint freestyle title. Swimming in lane seven, he threw down a scorching time and a textile best in 21.34 to hold off U.S. swimmer Cullen Jones and Brazil's top sprinter César Cielo by two-tenths of a second, a sizable chunk in the event's shortest race. Jones took home the silver in 21.54 to match his semifinal time in the process, while Cielo missed a chance to secure his title with a bronze medal in 21.59. Cielo's teammate Bruno Fratus finished outside the podium by almost a fingertip with a fourth-place time in 21.61. After twelve years of absence as a 31-year-old, U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin, who previously tied with Gary Hall, Jr. for the gold in 2000, managed to pull off a fifth-place finish in 21.78. Ervin was followed in sixth and seventh by four-time Olympians Roland Mark Schoeman of South Africa and George Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago.

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