Anthony Ervin shattered the record for oldest individual Olympic swimming gold medalist in Rio, but his goal for 2020 isn’t quite as ambitious at this point.
“My definitive goal would be to make sure I’m in the finals at Olympic Trials,” Ervin said, according to “Red Bulletin.” “Just to show that I’m still f—— good.”
Ervin will be 39 in 2020, older than all but one previous U.S. Olympic swimmer, all but one previous Olympic swimming medalist and all but one Olympic swimmer since 1928 (the exception in all three cases was Dara Torres, 41 in 2008).
Ervin said in Rio that he planned to continue swimming, all the way to 2020 if he could handle it.
His domestic competition in the 50m freestyle will continue to be fierce, but two stars are aging.
Nathan Adrian, the 2015 World silver medalist, is 27. Cullen Jones, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, is 32. Adrian, Ervin and Jones finished 1-2-3 at the Olympic Trials in July.
The emerging talent in the 50m free, an experienced man’s event, is Caeleb Dressel, a 20-year-old who finished sixth in the 100m free in Rio and led off the U.S. 4x100m free relay that took gold.
Dressel, a University of Florida junior, broke his personal best in the 100m free twice in four swims in Rio.
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