Cullen Jones gives raw interview after 3rd place finish (Video)

Reported by Mitch Bowmile.


Top seed: Anthony Ervin (21.55)
World record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo
American record: 21.37 – Nathan Adrian
U.S Open record: 21.14 – Cesar Cielo
U.S Nationals record: 21.47 – Nathan Adrian/Garret Weber-Gale
JR World record: 22.00 – Yu Hexin (China)
2012 Winning Time: 21.59 – Cullen Jones

Sixteen years after winning gold at the 2000 Olympic Games, Anthony Ervin will be back competing in the 50m freestyle at his third Olympics.

It came down to the wire, but ultimately it was American record holder Nathan Adrian who got his hand on the wall first with a 21.51 in order to secure his second individual event for Rio.

Ervin was right behind him by the smallest of margins, finishing second in 21.52.

Cullen Jones finished third in 21.75 and will not be returning to the Olympic Games.

  1. Nathan Adrian (21.51)
  2. Anthony Ervin (21.52)
  3. Cullen Jones (21.75)
  4. Caeleb Dressel (21.80)
  5. Josh Schneider (21.95)
  6. Michael Chadwick (21.96)
  7. Jimmy Feigen (21.99)
  8. Dillon Virva (22.40)

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Just Another Opinion
6 years ago

2020. Please.

6 years ago

the crowd gave cullen a great ovation as he exited the pool after the 50 finals. it was really nice to see – it just shows how greatly he’s already impacted this community. i’m really looking forward to see what he does next.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Great guy.

6 years ago

I thought top 4 get to do a 4*50 free relay

Captain Ahab
6 years ago

Cullen Jones thank you. It’s OK for Cullen to step away from swimming, go to law school, get married, and have children now because he has done his job. We are all proud. James Jones will pick up the torch now.

6 years ago

As exciting as it is to see people make the team, there are a lot of tough breaks at this meet. Cullen has had a great career and been a great ambassador to team USA. That relay in 2008 was exciting watching it on tv. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to be on the team. It has to be tough now for Cullen, but he has had some experiences most people only dream of and has a lot to be proud of.

jay ryan
6 years ago

While there is not a clear list of who will be retiring after this meet or after Rio, the list is obvious to many who frequent this site. It will be sad to see these household names go on with life, but their retirements leave huge vacuum’s that will be filled by the next group. This will be especially true for events that have been dominated by MP and Ryan Lochte. Some swimmers who have recently finished their college careers and “hung on” for these trials might want to consider their future swimming options. They can be the leaders in US swimming for years to come. Who would think that Seth Stubblefield would show himself as a world class butter… Read more »

Love Cullen
6 years ago

I love Cullen Jones. I don’t actually know him. But what I know OF him is all positive. I actually cried at trials in 2012 when he made the team from an outside lane. Why is there no 200 Fr relay?!?!? Cullen, life goes on after swimming. My life is a million times better. Find your path and you will do great things! So much love and respect. I hope you read this and know so many people admire you

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