Anthony Ervin is a two-time Olympian, 2000 Olympic gold medalist, three-time World Champion, and seven-time NCAA champion.
Ervin won gold and silver at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. In the 4×100 freestyle relay, Ervin swam with Gary Hall Jr., Neil Walker and Jason Lezak. Ervin leadoff with a 48.89, a great swim for him and Team USA. It was not enough. The United States lost to Australia, the first US loss in this event in Olympic history. In the 50 freestyle, Ervin tied Gary Hall Jr. for the gold medal in a time of 21.98.
Ervin retired from competition at 22 years old in 2003. He made a comeback in 2011, a quick return to pro form and top speed. Ervin made the 2012 US Olympic Swim Team in the 50 freestyle. Many swimming analysts believe Ervin would have medaled at the 2012 London Olympics, however, he dislocated his shoulder in the prelims causing him to be reticent in the Olympic final. Ervin suffered a poor start and was last off the blocks. Ervin got 5th place with a time of 21.78.
Ervin is continuing his competitive swimming career with his sights set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
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