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The 2016 Rio Olympics have come to a close with Americans earning 121 medals -- 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze -- their biggest haul ever, not counting the boycotted 1984 Los Angeles Games or the 1904 St. Louis Games, when hardly anyone else showed up.

Anthony Ervin wins 50 freestyle gold

U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin celebrates after winning the gold in the 50-meter freestyle. (Esteban Biba / EPA)
U.S. swimmer Anthony Ervin celebrates after winning the gold in the 50-meter freestyle. (Esteban Biba / EPA)

Anthony Ervin, the oldest U.S. man to swim an individual event in the Olympics since 1904, captured the 50-meter freestyle at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Friday.

The 35-year-old from Valencia, who tied for gold in the same race 16 years ago at the Sydney Olympics, finished in 21.40 seconds to become the oldest individual swimming winner in Summer Games history. 

France’s star sprinter Florent Manaudou, the event's heavy favorite, finished second by one hundredth of a second. Ervin’s U.S. teammate, Nathan Adrian, touched the wall third. 

"It's almost absurd I was able to do it again," Ervin said.

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