Hart graduate Anthony Ervin put an exclamation point on his Rio Olympics with a gold medal in the Men’s 50 meter freestyle on Friday.
Ervin qualified with the top time on Thursday and made good on it Friday, finishing in 21.40 seconds.
This is the fourth medal for Ervin who won his first two medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Ervin is the oldest swimmer on Team USA this Olympics, having already won a gold as apart of the 4×100 freestyle relay.
Sixteen years ago at Sydney, Ervin won gold in the 50-meter freestyle and silver in the 4×100 freestyle relay.
A lot happened in between. From Hart High School (1999) and Canyons Aquatic Club to the Olympics in 2000 at age 19, he quit swimming competitively three years later.
According to the flyleaf of his memoir, “Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian,” released in April: “He is an athlete branded with a slew of titles including being the first US Olympic swimmer of African American descent, along with Jewish heritage, who also grew up with Tourette’s syndrome. He shocked the sporting world by retiring soon after claiming two world titles following the 2000 Olympics. Auctioning off his gold medal for charity, he set off on a part spiritual quest, part self-destructive bender that involved Zen temples, fast motorcycles, tattoo parlors, and rock ‘n’ roll bands. Then Ervin resurfaced in 2012 to not only make the US Olympic team twelve years after his first appearance, but to continue his career by swimming faster than ever before, and faster than anyone else.”
In 2010, just before restarting his professional swimming career, Ervin graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English.
His 16-year gap between Olympic medals ties a U.S. record set in 1924.