08/02/2012 07:08 EDT | Updated 10/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada's Brent Hayden advances to 50m free semis

Canada's Brent Hayden qualified for the men's 50-metre freestyle semifinal Thursday, posting the 6th fastest time in his heat.

Hayden, who is coming off his bronze medal performance in the 100-metre freestyle yesterday, touched in at 22.15 seconds.

George Richard Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago posted the fastest time of 21.77, edging Brazil's Cesar Cielo by 0.03 seconds.

Cielo is the world record holder and defending Olympic champion in the event.