Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle
|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|
|Swimming events at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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.
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.
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.
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:
|September 19||Final||Duncan Armstrong||Australia||1:47.25||WR|
Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).
|10||5||Thomas Flemming||East Germany||1:50.18|
|12||3||Alexei Kuznetsov||Soviet Union||1:51.03|
|16||8||Paul Howe||Great Britain||1:51.99|
|5||Matt Biondi||United States||1:47.99||AM|
|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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