Adrian third in 50 free finals; won’t swim event in LondonJuly 1st, 2012 by Annette Griffus
Known in the swimming world as the splash-and-dash, the 50-meter freestyle lived up to that billing Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb.
Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian was upset by Cullen Jones and Anthony Ervin and finished third by .08 seconds, narrowly missing out on his shot of swimming the event in London later this month. He finished in 21.68 seconds.
Jones won the event in 21.59 followed by Ervin, who qualified for the Olympics for the first time since winning a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. Ervin finished second in 21.60.
Adrian’s time was a personal best and the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. Brazil’s Cesar Cielo holds the world record in 20.91. Jones is the American-record holder in 21.40.
Adrian, who was the top seed coming into the trials, was tied for the second-fastest qualifying time from the semifinals and was the favorite to win the event.
Adrian had already qualified for London by winning the 100 freestyle Friday. It’s likely he will swim in the 400-meter medley relay and the 400-meter free relay.