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.