Nathan Adrian finished just off the medal stand with a fourth-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle at the FINA World Swimming Championships Saturday.
Adrian clocked a time of 21.60 seconds, off his personal best of 21.47 from earlier this year.
Brazil’s Cesar Cielo won the sprint free in 21.32 to claim his third world championship in the event. Russia’s Vlad Morozov earned the silver (21.47) and George Bovell of Trinidad was a surprise third (21.51).
Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France placed fifth (21.64) and American Anthony Ervin (21.65), South Africa’s Roland Schoeman (21.85) and Fred Bousquet of France (21.93) rounded out the top eight.
Nathan will have one more chance to win a gold medal at the meet, in Sunday’s 400 medley relay.