Rio 2016: Anthony Ervin wins 50m freestyle gold at 35

Anthony Ervin wins 50m freestyle gold at 35. Rio 2016

Anthony Ervin wins 50m freestyle gold at 35. Rio 2016

Internet Desk: Anthony Ervin has become the oldest ever Olympic swimming champion at the age of 35 with victory in the 50m freestyle and winning a Gold Medal.

The American won joint gold in the same event in 2000 when he was 19 years old but quit the sport aged just 23.

He attempted suicide, worked in a tattoo parlour, played in a rock band and sold his gold medal for $17,000 to donate the money to Tsunami victims.

Ervin revealed he became a father during the US trials last month but has yet to see his daughter.

He said he wanted to be at the birth but was still competing and then got caught up in Olympic preparations.

France’s Florent Manadou won silver, Ervin’s compatriot Nathan Adrian came third and Britain’s Ben Proud fourth.

Proud, 21, became the sixth British swimmer to finish fourth in a Rio final.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Fran Halsall won her 50m freestyle semi-final despite her bus getting lost and taking her to the athletics stadium.

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