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Out gay Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen misses 50-meter free semis by 0.15 seconds

Ari-Pekka Liukkonen, the openly gay Olympic swimmer from Finland, finished his competitions in Rio with a 23rd-place finish in the competitive 50meter freestyle on Thursday. There were 85 different competitors in the event, 16 of whom advanced to the semifinals. Liukkonen missed the semifinals by 0.15 seconds, with a time of 22.25 seconds. In 2014 he won a bronze medal at the European championship in the 50-meter free.

Earlier this week he finished 42nd in the heats of the men's 100-meter freestyle.