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Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics

The 1988 Summer Olympics took place in Seoul, South Korea. The swimming competition, held from September 18 to September 25, was notable for the seven medals, including five golds, won by Matt Biondi, the six golds won by Kristin Otto, and the three individual golds won by Janet Evans. 633 participants from 77 countries were competing.[1]

Swimming
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
DatesSeptember 18 – September 25
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Medal tableEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  East Germany (GDR)118928
2  United States (USA)86418
3  Hungary (HUN)4206
4  Soviet Union (URS)2259
5  Australia (AUS)1113
  Bulgaria (BUL)1113
  Great Britain (GBR)1113
  West Germany (FRG)1113
9  Japan (JPN)1001
  Suriname (SUR)1001
11  China (CHN)0314
12  Canada (CAN)0112
  Romania (ROU)0112
14  Costa Rica (CRC)0101
  Denmark (DEN)0101
  Netherlands (NED)0101
  Sweden (SWE)0101
18  France (FRA)0022
  New Zealand (NZL)0022
20  Italy (ITA)0011
  Poland (POL)0011
  Spain (ESP)0011
Totals (22 nations)31313294

EventsEdit

The swimming program for 1988 included two new events, the men's and women's 50 m freestyle, bringing the total number of events to 31.

The following events were contested:

Competition scheduleEdit

All dates are in 1988.

date Morning session Afternoon session
Sept.18   no competition women's 100 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 400 I.M. (prelims)
men's 200 freestyle (prelims)
Sept.19 women's 100 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 breaststroke (finals)
women's 400 I.M. (finals)
men's 200 freestyle (finals)
Sept.20 men's 100 butterfly (prelims)
women's 200 freestyle (prelims)
men's 400 I.M. (prelims)
women's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
Sept.21 men's 100 butterfly (finals)
women's 200 freestyle (finals)
men's 400 I.M. (finals)
women's 200 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.22 women's 400 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 freestyle (prelims)
women's 100 backstroke (prelims)
men's 200 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Free Relay
women's 400 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 freestyle (finals)
women's 100 backstroke (finals)
men's 200 backstroke (finals)
women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.23 men's 400 freestyle (prelims)
women's 100 butterfly (prelims)
men's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
women's 800 freestyle (prelims)
men's 400 freestyle (final)
women's 100 butterfly (finals)
men's 200 breaststroke (finals)
women's 100 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.24 men's 200 butterfly (prelims)
women's 200 I.M. (prelims)
men's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Medley Relay (prelims)
men's 1500 freestyle (prelims)
women's 200 I.M. (finals)
men's 200 butterfly (finals)
men's 50 freestyle (finals)
women's 800 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 backstroke (finals)
women's 4×100 medley relay (finals)
Sept.25 women's 200 butterfly (prelims)
men's 200 I.M. (prelims)
women's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 4×100 medley relay (prelims)
women's 200 backstroke (prelims)
men's 200 I.M. (finals)
women's 200 butterfly (finals)
women's 50 freestyle (finals)
men's 1500 freestyle (finals)
women's 200 backstroke (finals)
men's 4×100 medley relay (finals)

Medal summaryEdit

Men’s eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle
details
Matt Biondi
  United States
22.14 (WR) Tom Jager
  United States
22.36 Gennadiy Prigoda
  Soviet Union
22.71
100 m freestyle
details
Matt Biondi
  United States
48.63 (OR) Chris Jacobs
  United States
49.08 Stéphan Caron
  France
49.62
200 m freestyle
details
Duncan Armstrong
  Australia
1:47.25 (WR) Anders Holmertz
  Sweden
1:47.89 Matt Biondi
  United States
1:47.99
400 m freestyle
details
Uwe Dassler
  East Germany
3:46.95 (WR) Duncan Armstrong
  Australia
3:47.15 Artur Wojdat
  Poland
3:47.34
1500 m freestyle
details
Vladimir Salnikov
  Soviet Union
15:00.40 Stefan Pfeiffer
  West Germany
15:02.69 Uwe Dassler
  East Germany
15:06.15
100 m backstroke
details
Daichi Suzuki
  Japan
55.05 David Berkoff
  United States
55.18 Igor Polyansky
  Soviet Union
55.20
200 m backstroke
details
Igor Polyansky
  Soviet Union
1:59.37 Frank Baltrusch
  East Germany
1:59.60 Paul Kingsman
  New Zealand
2:00.48
100 m breaststroke
details
Adrian Moorhouse
  Great Britain
1:02.04 Károly Güttler
  Hungary
1:02.05 Dmitry Volkov
  Soviet Union
1:02.20
200 m breaststroke
details
József Szabó
  Hungary
2:13.52 Nick Gillingham
  Great Britain
2:14.12 Sergio López Miró
  Spain
2:15.21
100 m butterfly
details
Anthony Nesty
  Suriname
53.00 (OR) Matt Biondi
  United States
53.01 Andy Jameson
  Great Britain
53.30
200 m butterfly
details
Michael Gross
  West Germany
1:56.94 (OR) Benny Nielsen
  Denmark
1:58.24 Anthony Mosse
  New Zealand
1:58.28
200 m individual medley
details
Tamás Darnyi
  Hungary
2:00.17 (WR) Patrick Kühl
  East Germany
2:01.61 Vadim Yaroshchuk
  Soviet Union
2:02.40
400 m individual medley
details
Tamás Darnyi
  Hungary
4:14.75 (WR) David Wharton
  United States
4:17.36 Stefano Battistelli
  Italy
4:18.01
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
  United States (USA)
Chris Jacobs
Troy Dalbey
Tom Jager
Matt Biondi
Doug Gjertsen*
Brent Lang*
Shaun Jordan*
3:16.53   Soviet Union (URS)
Gennadiy Prigoda
Yuri Bashkatov
Nikolai Yevseyev
Vladimir Tkacenko
Raimundas Mažuolis*
Oleksiy Boryslavskiy*
3:18.33   East Germany (GDR)
Dirk Richter
Thomas Flemming
Lars Hinneburg
Steffen Zesner
3:19.82
4 × 200 m freestyle relay
details
  United States (USA)
Troy Dalbey
Matt Cetlinski
Doug Gjertsen
Matt Biondi
Craig Oppel*
Dan Jorgensen*
7:12.51   East Germany (GDR)
Uwe Daßler
Sven Lodziewski
Thomas Flemming
Steffen Zesner
Lars Hinneburg*
7:13.68   West Germany (FRG)
Erik Hochstein
Thomas Fahrner
Rainer Henkel
Michael Gross
Peter Sitt*
Stefan Pfeiffer*
7:14.35
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
  United States (USA)
David Berkoff
Richard Schroeder
Matt Biondi
Chris Jacobs
Jay Mortenson*
Tom Jager*
3:36.93   Canada (CAN)
Mark Tewksbury
Victor Davis
Tom Ponting
Sandy Goss
3:39.28   Soviet Union (URS)
Igor Polyansky
Dmitry Volkov
Vadim Yaroshchuk
Gennadiy Prigoda
Sergey Zabolotnov*
Valeriy Lozik*
Konstantin Petrov*
Nikolay Yevseyev*
3:39.96

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Women’s eventsEdit

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle
details
Kristin Otto
  East Germany
25.49 (OR) Yang Wenyi
  China
25.64 Jill Sterkel
  United States
25.71
Katrin Meissner
  East Germany
100 m freestyle
details
Kristin Otto
  East Germany
54.93 Zhuang Yong
  China
55.47 Catherine Plewinski
  France
55.49
200 m freestyle
details
Heike Friedrich
  East Germany
1:57.65 (OR) Silvia Poll
  Costa Rica
1:58.67 Manuela Stellmach
  East Germany
1:59.01
400 m freestyle
details
Janet Evans
  United States
4:03.85 (WR) Heike Friedrich
  East Germany
4:05.94 Anke Möhring
  East Germany
4:06.62
800 m freestyle
details
Janet Evans
  United States
8:20.20 (OR) Astrid Strauß
  East Germany
8:22.09 Julie McDonald
  Australia
8:22.93
100 m backstroke
details
Kristin Otto
  East Germany
1:00.89 Krisztina Egerszegi
  Hungary
1:01.56 Cornelia Sirch
  East Germany
1:01.57
200 m backstroke
details
Krisztina Egerszegi
  Hungary
2:09.29 (OR) Katrin Zimmermann
  East Germany
2:10.61 Cornelia Sirch
  East Germany
2:11.45
100 m breaststroke
details
Tanya Dangalakova
  Bulgaria
1:07.95 (OR) Antoaneta Frenkeva
  Bulgaria
1:08.74 Silke Hörner
  East Germany
1:08.83
200 m breaststroke
details
Silke Hörner
  East Germany
2:26.71 (WR) Huang Xiaomin
  China
2:27.49 Antoaneta Frenkeva
  Bulgaria
2:28.34
100 m butterfly
details
Kristin Otto
  East Germany
59.00 (OR) Birte Weigang
  East Germany
59.45 Hong Qian
  China
59.52
200 m butterfly
details
Kathleen Nord
  East Germany
2:09.51 Birte Weigang
  East Germany
2:09.91 Mary T. Meagher
  United States
2:10.80
200 m individual medley
details
Daniela Hunger
  East Germany
2:12.59 (OR) Yelena Dendeberova
  Soviet Union
2:13.31 Noemi Lung
  Romania
2:14.85
400 m individual medley
details
Janet Evans
  United States
4:37.76 Noemi Lung
  Romania
4:39.46 Daniela Hunger
  East Germany
4:39.76
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
  East Germany (GDR)
Kristin Otto
Katrin Meissner
Daniela Hunger
Manuela Stellmach
Sabina Schulze*
Heike Friedrich*
3:40.63   Netherlands (NED)
Marianne Muis
Mildred Muis
Conny van Bentum
Karin Brienesse
Diana van der Plaats*
3:43.39   United States (USA)
Mary Wayte
Mitzi Kremer
Laura Walker
Dara Torres
Paige Zemina*
Jill Sterkel*
3:44.25
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
  East Germany (GDR)
Kristin Otto
Silke Hörner
Birte Weigang
Katrin Meissner
Cornelia Sirch*
Manuela Stellmach*
4:03.74   United States (USA)
Beth Barr
Tracey McFarlane
Janel Jorgensen
Mary Wayte
Betsy Mitchell*
Mary T. Meagher*
Dara Torres*
4:07.90   Canada (CAN)
Lori Melien
Allison Higson
Jane Kerr
Andrea Nugent
Keltie Duggan*
Patricia Noall*
4:10.49

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Participating nationsEdit

633 swimmers from 77 nations competed.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 November 2016.