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Anthony Ervin Gains Confidence with 50 Free Victory

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Anthony Ervin is beyond the comeback stage. Now, he's just trying to be the man to beat in swimming's most chaotic race.

The two-time Olympian knocked off an impressive field in the 50-meter freestyle at the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte, tearing through the one-lap dash with a time of 22.01 seconds Saturday night.

He knocked off fellow Olympians Cullen Jones, Tyler McGill, Ricky Berens and Britain's Adam Brown.

"Did it catch me off guard? Yeah!" Ervin said. "Training's been so hard that feeling good and feeling fast has been sparse — real, real sparse. Being that I flew in last night, I wasn't expecting to be that fast. I'm relieved. It feels good. This definitely gives me a confidence boost.".....