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|Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
|Venue||Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre|
|Date||August 20, 2004 (heats &
August 21, 2004 (final)
|Competitors||75 from 67 nations|
|Swimming events at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Dutch swimmer and world record holder Inge de Bruijn managed to defend her title in this event, outside her record time of 24.58 seconds. The silver medal was awarded to France's Malia Metella, with a time of 24.89 seconds. Australia's Lisbeth Lenton, who finished behind Metella by two hundredths of a second (0.02), took home the bronze at 24.91. This was also the final appearance for de Bruijn at the Olympics, before she retired from her swimming career in 2007.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Inge de Bruijn (NED)||24.13||Sydney, Australia||22 September 2000|
|Olympic record||Inge de Bruijn (NED)||24.13||Sydney, Australia||22 September 2000|
No new records were set during this competition.
|1||4||Kara Lynn Joyce||United States||25.06||Q|
|5||6||Alison Sheppard||Great Britain||25.36|
|1||4||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||24.56||Q|
|5||7||Jenny Thompson||United States||25.17||Q|
|7||1||Nery Mantey Niangkouara||Greece||25.27|
|4||Inge de Bruijn||Netherlands||24.58|
|5||6||Kara Lynn Joyce||United States||25.00|
|7||1||Jenny Thompson||United States||25.11|