***OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST (4 X 100M FREESTYLE RELAY)***
Swimming in the final of the 50-meter freestyle, Wildman-Tobriner took fifth with a time of 21.64 seconds. Wildman-Tobriner will have to settle for his Olympic Gold from the 4x100 meter relay after failing to finish in the medals in the "splash and dash".
In the semifinals of the 50-meter freeestyle, Wildman-Tobriner advanced to the final after placing fourth in his heat. Wildman-Tobriner finished with a time of 21.76 seconds, which was tied for the seventh fastest time overall. He will now go after his second gold medal of the Olympics in the final of the 50 free on Friday, August 15 at 7:39 pm.
In the opening rounds of the 50 free was Wildman-Tobriner swam a time 21.75 seconds to advance to the semifinals. Wildman-Tobriner who is already an Olympic Gold Medalist in Beijing after his role in the 4x100 meter free relay will now attempt a to earn a second medal in his best individual event. The semifinals of the 50 free take place tonight, August 14 at 8:40 pm.
Wildman-Tobriner won an Olympic Gold Medal on Sunday evening without even entering the pool. Having helped the 4x100 meter free relay team advance through the opening round, Wildman-Tobriner was replaced in the final. As a member of the relay pool it was not a surprise to see Wilman-Tobriner only swim in the first round after he finished sixth at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the open 100 meter free. The gold medal is the first career Olympic Medal for Wildman-Tobriner who will look to add another later in the Games in the 50 freestyle where he is one of the favorites...(posted August 11)
Ben Wildman-Tobriner helped team USA set a world record in the prelims of the 4x100 relay to help the foursome advance to the final. Wildman-Tobriner swam a 100 meter leg of 48.03 seconds, en route to a total team time of 3:12.23 that was a world record and the top qualifying time of the day. Despite the world record, the U.S. was just 13 hundredths of second ahead of France and 19 hundredths of a second ahead of Australia, who were also under the previous world record of 3:12.46. It sets up a showdown tonight, Sunday, August 10 at 8:26 pm in the final of the 4x100 meter relay where Wildman-Tobriner will look to become the first Gold Medalist from Stanford at the 2008 Olympic Games...(posted August 10)
Wildman-Tobriner (2003-07) is competing in his first Olympic Games for the United States...He is the current world champion in the 50 meter freestyle after winning the gold medal at the 2007 FINA World Championships...He was also a member of the 2007 World Champion 4x100 meter freestyle team for the U.S. at the 2007 FINA World Championships...While at Stanford, Ben earned 128 points at the NCAA Championships, which ranks him tied for 21st all-time for Stanford swimmers...He was a five-time Pac-10 Champion while at Stanford...He is the Stanford record holder in the 50 free (18.87), the 100 free (41.90), and tied for the record in the 100 fly with Austin Staab (45.36)...Wildman-Tobriner qualified for the Olympic Games by placing second in the 50 meter free with a time of 21.65 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Trials...He also placed sixth in the 100 meter free to put himself in the pool of swimmers eligible to compete in the 4x100 meter free relay...(posted August 1)