Ervin Becomes Oldest U.S. Male Individual Olympic Swimmer Since 1904

2016 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS

Tonight, with his second-place finish in the 50 free, 35-year-old Anthony Ervin became the oldest American male swimmer to make the Olympics in an individual event since 1904.

Ervin finished tonight’s event just .01 behind Nathan Adrian, coming into the wall with 21.52.

This will mark Ervin’s third Olympics. He won Olympic gold in the 50 free and Olympic silver in the 400 freestyle relay at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He finished fifth at the 2012 London Olympics in the 50 free.

That time ranks him fifth-fastest in the world this year.

2015-2016 LCM Men 50 Free

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His time tonight was also only a tenth of a second off his all-time best, a 21.42 semifinal swim from the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. That swim makes him the 14th-fastest man in history. He went on to win the silver medal in that event.

Ervin also made the 2016 Rio team as a member of the 400 free relay, after finishing fourth in the 100 free on Thursday night with 48.54.

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Ice age swimmer

Let’s hear it for THE OLDS!! Way to open our minds. A great accomplishment at any age, and such a cool guy! Bravo Anthony!

Danjohnrob

Alright, I’ll ask: who WAS the swimmer older than Anthony Ervin back in 1904, Swimswam?

avp

According to Wikipedia, Edgar Adams, born April 7, 1868

Justin D

Anthony Ervin is such a great role model. An honest, humble, all around caring guy who is much more than just a swimmer, can’t wait to see him rock and roll in RIO!! Also crazy how it’s been 16 years since his first olympics……been around longer than phelps

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Justin D,
It’s also been 16 years since Phelp’s first Olympics. Ervin (19) and Phelps (15) were team mates in 2000.

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