RIO DE JANIERO (AP) — Sixteen years after winning his first individual gold Olympic medal, Anthony Ervin picked up his second with a furious dash across the pool.

Completing a remarkable journey in the blink of an eye, the U.S. swimming team's oldest member touched first in the 50-meter freestyle, edging the defending Olympic champion, Florent Manaudou of France, by a mere hundredth of a second.

Another American, Nathan Adrian, took the bronze.

The 35-year-old Ervin won his first gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, tying teammate Gary Hall Jr. for the top spot. Then, Ervin walked away from swimming and embarked on a journey to find his purpose in life.

He returned to make the American team in 2012 and failed to medal in London, but was back top of the podium in Rio.