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

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date September 18, 1988 (heats)
September 19, 1988 (finals)
Competitors 63 from 41 nations
Winning time 1:47.25 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    Australia
Silver medal    Sweden
Bronze medal    United States
«1984 1992»
Swimming events at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
50 m men women
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m women
1500 m men
Backstroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Breaststroke
100 m men women
200 m men women
Butterfly
100 m men women
200 m men women
Individual medley
200 m men women
400 m men women
Freestyle relay
4×100 m men women
4×200 m men
Medley relay
4×100 m men women

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.

Australia's Duncan Armstrong stunned the entire field with a new world record to snatch the Olympic title in the event, regarding as one of the most delightfully surprising upsets in history. Swimming in lane six and coming from third at the final turn, he put a late resistant charge to edge out a star-studded 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.[1]

Sweden's Anders Holmertz overhauled U.S. swimmer Matt Biondi about the midway through the final stretch, but could not catch Armstrong near the wall to finish only with a silver in 1:47.89. Leading almost the entire race, Biondi faded down the stretch to demolish the 1:48 barrier and to settle for the bronze with a time of 1:47.99.[2][3]

Poland's Artur Wojdat, a top qualifier on the morning prelims, 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.[3]

Records[edit]

The existing World and Olympic records at the time of the competition were:

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
September 19 Final Duncan Armstrong Australia 1:47.25 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).[4]

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 Alexei 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 Patuel 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 Rene 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 Mostafa Amer Egypt 1:57.50
48 3 Richard Sam Bera Indonesia 1:57.60
49 3 Jon 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

Finals[edit]

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Final B[edit]

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 Alexei 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 A[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 6 Duncan Armstrong Australia 1:47.25 WR
2 8 Anders Holmertz Sweden 1:47.89
3 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neff, Craig (26 September 1988). "Her Golden Moment: Janet Evans made winning the U.S.'s first gold medal look easy". Sports Illustrated (CNN). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Robb, Sharon (19 September 1988). "Evans Earns First U.S. Gold But Biondi Must Settle For Bronze In 200-meter Freestyle". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Dodds, Tracey (19 September 1988). "The Seoul Games / Day 3 : Evans Wins First Gold, Sets American Record". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seoul 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. pp. 402–403. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Seoul 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Freestyle Finals" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 403. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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