The men's 50 metre freestyle event was held on August 11, 2016 (heats and semifinals) and August 12, 2016 (final).


Rank Athlete/Country Time
Anthony Ervin (USA) 21.40
Florent Manaudou (France) 21.41
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Nathan Adrian (USA) 21.49
4 Benjamin Proud (Great Britain) 21.68
5 Andriy Hovorov (Ukraine) 21.74
6 Bruno Fratus (Brazil) 21.79
Brad Tandy (South Africa 21.79
8 Simona Bilis (Lithuania) 22.08

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