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Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's 50 metre freestyle

The inaugural women's 50 metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 25 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

Women's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
VenueJamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date25 September 1988 (heats & finals)
Competitors50 from 33 nations
Winning time25.49 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Kristin Otto  East Germany
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yang Wenyi  China
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Katrin Meissner  East Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Jill Sterkel  United States
1992 →

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Yang Wenyi (CHN) 24.98 Guangzhou, China 11 April 1988
Olympic record Inaugural event

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
25 September Heat 7 Yang Wenyi   China 25.67 OR
25 September Final A Kristin Otto   East Germany 25.49 OR

ResultsEdit

HeatsEdit

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).[2]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Yang Wenyi   China 25.67 Q, OR
2 7 Katrin Meissner   East Germany 25.77 Q
3 6 Kristin Otto   East Germany 25.85 Q
4 5 Leigh Ann Fetter   United States 25.91 Q
5 6 Catherine Plewinski   France 26.01 Q, NR
6 7 Jill Sterkel   United States 26.02 Q
7 6 Tamara Costache   Romania 26.06 Q
8 7 Karen van Wirdum   Australia 26.12 Q, OC
9 7 Marion Aizpors   West Germany 26.20 q
10 7 Inna Abramova   Soviet Union 26.27 q
11 5 Marie-Thérèse Armentero   Switzerland 26.32 q
12 5 Christiane Pielke   West Germany 26.33 q
13 6 Ayako Nakano   Japan 26.44 q
14 4 Diana van der Plaats   Netherlands 26.49 q, NR
15 6 Kristin Topham   Canada 26.50 q
16 5 Karin Brienesse   Netherlands 26.54 q
17 4 Adriana Pereira   Brazil 26.56
5 Luminița Dobrescu   Romania
19 6 Andrea Nugent   Canada 26.60
20 5 Gitta Jensen   Denmark 26.61
5 Kaori Sasaki   Japan
22 6 Xia Fujie   China 26.66
23 7 Helena Aberg   Sweden 26.67
24 6 Karin Furuhed   Sweden 26.85
25 7 Alison Sheppard   Great Britain 27.14
26 4 María Rivera   Mexico 27.16
27 4 Annabelle Cripps   Great Britain 27.17
28 4 Karen Dieffenthaler   Trinidad and Tobago 27.27
29 5 Senda Gharbi   Tunisia 27.34
30 4 Akiko Thomson   Philippines 27.43
31 3 Mônica Rezende   Brazil 27.44
32 4 Patricia Kohlmann   Mexico 27.45
33 2 Carolina Mauri   Costa Rica 27.96
34 3 Han Young-hee   South Korea 28.02
35 3 Hung Cee Kay   Hong Kong 28.15
36 3 Park Joo-li   South Korea 28.20
37 2 Bryndís Ólafsdóttir   Iceland 28.38
38 3 Ana Joselina Fortin   Honduras 28.46
39 2 Cina Munch   Fiji 28.55
40 2 Catherine Fogarty   Zimbabwe 28.66
41 3 Wang Chi   Chinese Taipei 28.73
42 2 Sabrina Lum   Chinese Taipei 28.82
43 2 Veronica Cummings   Guam 28.94
44 2 Angela Birch   Fiji 29.01
45 3 Tsang Wing Sze   Hong Kong 29.14
46 2 Katerine Moreno   Bolivia 29.42
47 4 Elsa Freire   Angola 29.54
48 1 Carolina Araujo   Mozambique 29.64
49 3 Ana Martins   Angola 29.74
50 1 Nancy Khalaf   Lebanon 30.77

FinalsEdit

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Final BEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
9 4 Marion Aizpors   West Germany 26.17
10 6 Christiane Pielke   West Germany 26.22
11 3 Marie-Thérèse Armentero   Switzerland 26.34
12 1 Kristin Topham   Canada 26.45
2 Ayako Nakano   Japan
14 5 Inna Abramova   Soviet Union 26.48
15 8 Karin Brienesse   Netherlands 26.66
16 7 Diana van der Plaats   Netherlands 26.80

Final AEdit

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
  3 Kristin Otto   East Germany 25.49 OR
  4 Yang Wenyi   China 25.64
  5 Katrin Meissner   East Germany 25.71
7 Jill Sterkel   United States
5 6 Leigh Ann Fetter   United States 25.78
6 1 Tamara Costache   Romania 25.80
7 2 Catherine Plewinski   France 25.90 NR
8 8 Karen van Wirdum   Australia 26.01 OC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Women's 50 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Seoul 1988: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. pp. 417–418. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Seoul 1988: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Finals" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 418. Retrieved 29 March 2017.

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