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Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

The men's 200-metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 18–19 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date 18 September 1988 (heats)
19 September 1988 (finals)
Competitors 63 from 41 nations
Winning time 1:47.25 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Duncan Armstrong  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Anders Holmertz  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Matt Biondi  United States
← 1984
1992 →

Australia's Duncan Armstrong set a new world record to win the Olympic title in the event. Swimming in lane six and coming from third at the final turn, he edged out a vastly experienced field for the gold medal in 1:47.25. His time also sliced 0.19 seconds off the global standard set by West Germany's Michael Gross at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[2]

Sweden's Anders Holmertz overtook U.S. swimmer Matt Biondi about midway through the final stretch, but could not catch Armstrong near the wall to finish with a silver in 1:47.89. Leading almost the entire race, Biondi faded down the stretch to break the 1:48 barrier and take the bronze at 1:47.99.[3][4]

Poland's Artur Wojdat, a top qualifier on the morning preliminaries, dropped off the podium to a fourth-place time in 1:48.40. Meanwhile, Groß missed a chance to defend his Olympic title with a fifth-place finish in 1:48.59.[4]

Contents

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Michael Gross (FRG) 1:47.44 Los Angeles, United States 29 July 1984
Olympic record   Michael Gross (FRG) 1:47.44 Los Angeles, United States 29 July 1984

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
19 September Final A Duncan Armstrong   Australia 1:47.25 WR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).[5]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Artur Wojdat   Poland 1:48.02 Q, NR
2 7 Matt Biondi   United States 1:48.39 Q
3 8 Michael Gross   West Germany 1:48.55 Q
4 8 Duncan Armstrong   Australia 1:48.86 Q
5 8 Troy Dalbey   United States 1:48.96 Q
6 7 Thomas Fahrner   West Germany 1:49.02 Q
7 7 Steffen Zesner   East Germany 1:49.13 Q
8 6 Anders Holmertz   Sweden 1:49.28 Q
9 8 Roberto Gleria   Italy 1:49.51 q
10 8 Thomas Flemming   East Germany 1:49.52 q
11 6 Stéphan Caron   France 1:49.66 q, WD
12 6 Giorgio Lamberti   Italy 1:50.47 q, WD
13 6 Aleksey Kuznetsov   Soviet Union 1:50.84 q
14 6 Mariusz Podkościelny   Poland 1:50.95 q
15 6 Tom Stachewicz   Australia 1:51.02 q
16 5 Shigeo Ogata   Japan 1:51.14 q
17 7 Franz Mortensen   Denmark 1:51.15 q
18 6 Paul Howe   Great Britain 1:51.22 q
19 7 Carlos Scanavino   Uruguay 1:51.42
20 6 Alberto Bottini   Switzerland 1:51.45
21 7 Tommy Werner   Sweden 1:51.96
22 8 Iurie Başcatov   Soviet Union 1:52.04
23 8 Cristiano Michelena   Brazil 1:52.32
24 4 Patrick Dybiona   Netherlands 1:52.67
25 4 Stéfan Voléry   Switzerland 1:52.94
26 4 Rodrigo González   Mexico 1:52.99
27 5 Michael Green   Great Britain 1:53.03
28 5 Magnús Ólafsson   Iceland 1:53.05
28 5 Daniel Serra   Spain 1:53.05
30 5 Júlio César Rebolal   Brazil 1:53.16
31 5 Jan Larsen   Denmark 1:53.61
32 4 Ignacio Escamilla   Mexico 1:53.63
33 5 Jean-Marie Arnould   Belgium 1:53.73
34 5 Zoltán Szilágyi   Hungary 1:53.75
35 7 Ludovic Depickère   France 1:53.81
36 4 Salvador Vassallo   Puerto Rico 1:53.82
37 8 Norbert Ágh   Hungary 1:54.72
38 4 Yves Clausse   Luxembourg 1:54.90
39 4 Xie Jun   China 1:55.04
40 3 René Concepcion   Philippines 1:55.58
41 3 Alexander Placheta   Austria 1:56.11
42 4 Vaughan Smith   Zimbabwe 1:56.13
43 2 David Lim   Singapore 1:56.44
44 2 Joseph Eric Buhain   Philippines 1:56.84
45 2 Kwon Sang-won   South Korea 1:56.88
46 2 Oon Jin Gee   Singapore 1:57.28
47 3 Moustafa Amer   Egypt 1:57.50
48 3 Richard Sam Bera   Indonesia 1:57.60
49 3 Jonathan Sakovich   Guam 1:57.72
50 3 Stephen Cullen   Ireland 1:57.90
51 2 Arthur Li Kai Yien   Hong Kong 1:58.10
52 3 Hakan Eskioğlu   Turkey 1:58.45
53 3 Jeffrey Ong   Malaysia 1:58.62
54 2 Kwon Soon-kun   South Korea 1:58.95
55 1 Wu Ming-hsun   Chinese Taipei 2:00.43
56 2 Tsang Yi Ming   Hong Kong 2:01.02
57 2 Richard Gheel   Ireland 2:01.73
58 1 Hans Foerster   Virgin Islands 2:01.94
59 1 Kristan Singleton   Virgin Islands 2:06.45
60 1 Jason Chute   Fiji 2:09.05
61 1 Mohamed Bin Abid   United Arab Emirates 2:09.43
62 1 Ahmad Faraj   United Arab Emirates 2:13.21
63 1 Émile Lahoud   Lebanon 2:16.39

FinalsEdit

[6]

Final BEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
9 4 Roberto Gleria   Italy 1:49.28
10 5 Thomas Flemming   East Germany 1:50.18
11 2 Tom Stachewicz   Australia 1:50.83
12 3 Aleksey Kuznetsov   Soviet Union 1:51.03
13 1 Franz Mortensen   Denmark 1:51.44
14 6 Mariusz Podkościelny   Poland 1:51.63
15 7 Shigeo Ogata   Japan 1:51.89
16 8 Paul Howe   Great Britain 1:51.99

Final AEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  6 Duncan Armstrong   Australia 1:47.25 WR
  8 Anders Holmertz   Sweden 1:47.89
  5 Matt Biondi   United States 1:47.99 AM
4 4 Artur Wojdat   Poland 1:48.40
5 3 Michael Gross   West Germany 1:48.59
6 1 Steffen Zesner   East Germany 1:48.77
7 2 Troy Dalbey   United States 1:48.86
8 7 Thomas Fahrner   West Germany 1:49.19

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