Olympic Swimming 2016: Women's 50M Freestyle Medal Winners, Times and Results

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13:  Pernille Blume of Denmark celebrates winning gold in the Women's 50m Freestyle Final on Day 8 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
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The final day of swimming at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro got underway in furious splash-and-dash fashion Saturday evening as the women's 50-meter freestyle unfolded in the blink of an eye.

Pernille Blume of Denmark bolted past the field to claim the gold medal with a time of 24.07 seconds, while the United States' Simone Manuel (24.09 seconds) took home silver and Belarus' Aliaksandra Herasimenia (24.11 seconds) found her way to the podium with a bronze-medal effort. 

Here's a look at the official results and standings from Saturday night's 50-meter freestyle final: 

Women's 50-Meter Freestyle Results
PlaceAthleteCountryTime (Seconds)
1Pernille BlumeDenmark24.07
2Simone ManuelUnited States24.09
3Aliaksandra HerasimeniaBelarus24.11
4Francesca HalsallGreat Britain24.13
5Cate CampbellAustralia24.15
6Ranomi KromowidjojoNetherlands24.19
7Bronte CampbellAustralia24.42
8Etiene MedeirosBrazil24.69
Source: Rio2016.com

And here's an overview of the updated medal count, which continues to feature the United States and China in first and second, respectively: 

All eyes were on Manuel following her first-place tie with Canada's Penny Oleksiak in the 100-meter freestyle final, and she delivered with a third Olympic medal on the line, per Yahoo Sports' Pat Forde: 

Pat Forde @YahooForde

Simone Manuel, studly reach to grab second in 50 free. What a meet for her, a gold and two silvers with a relay to come tonight.

The finish was nearly a dead heat, as the times indicated, but Blume's reach was a tad faster as Manuel put together a brilliant final few meters to slide into second place and back onto the medal stand, as NBC Olympics documented: 

NBC Olympics @NBCOlympics

That was SO close. Blume (#DEN) wins gold by .02! #Rio2016 https://t.co/jA7sYvGPxp

However, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Blume bested Manuel with the gold medal on the line.

The 22-year-old recorded the fastest time in qualifying, and the 24.23 seconds that she recorded during the preliminaries represented the fifth-best time in the world this year, per Swimming World Magazine 

Blume's win also represented a changing of the guard in the 50-meter freestyle. While there had been just one back-to-back gold medalist in the event's history (Inge de Bruijn in 2000 and 2004), defending Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo was a favorite to at least reach the podium.

While Kromowidjojo failed to medal in back-to-back Olympics, Herasimenia succeeded four years after capturing silver in London. Herasimenia appeared to be neck-and-neck with Manuel for second place the whole way, but the American's late burst gave her the slightest of edges.

For Manuel, the 50-meter silver served as confirmation of what has been known ever since she captured gold in the 100-meter freestyle: She's for real, and she's going nowhere.

At 20 years old, Manuel should be a staple in the Olympic medal conversation for years to come as the Americans seek to maintain a stranglehold in every event they can.