2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Day 7 Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Tonight, after becoming the oldest swimmer in history to win individual gold with his 50 free win, Anthony Ervin said that he wants to keep on going.
“I’m gonna try and make the Tokyo team of course,” he said. “Obviously I like being in an environment where I can keep trying to swim to the best of my potential and I don’t think my age should limit me to that and I don’t think fear of defeat should limit that either because I don’t think about winning or losing, it’s just about being the best I can be for me and those that supported me.”
Interestingly, Ervin is also the youngest swimmer in history to ever win Olympic gold in the men’s 50 free, with his 2000 gold medal at 19. 16 years later, his journey has come full circle.
“It’s surreal, kind of absurd and you know when I touched, turned around and saw the one next to my name, I kind of smiled and laughed,” he said. “Then I wanted to show a little bit of emotion for the effort I’d put in, for my friends, for my family, for those watching at home and in the stands.”
Speaking about his race, Ervin emphasized the importance of the team of people who support him.
“I just got great people around me,” he said. “You don’t think about trying to get your hand on the wall first, you just think about trying to swim the race that you imagine you can do, the one that you’ve been practicing, the one that maybe starts as a dream and it’s a plan. You plan to do something, you start testing that plan and that was something I did at the Olympic Trials and something I did in the preliminaries. Then I refined the plan for semifinals and I tried to achieve an ultimate, best-to-do race for tonight and that’s what I did. It just so happened that I got my hand on the wall, one one hundredth ahead of [Florent Manadou], and you can’t control that. All I can control is how I do things and I just feel really lucky that I had a great team of people, my people to help me do it.”