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

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Men's 50 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date September 24, 1988 (heats & finals)
Competitors 71 from 44 nations
Winning time 22.14 WR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Soviet Union
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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 inaugural men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 24 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.

U.S. swimmer Matt Biondi demolished a new world record to become the event's first ever Olympic champion. He threw down a scorching time in 22.14 to add a fourth gold and sixth medal to his Olympic hardware, and to slice 0.04 seconds off the record set by South Africa's Peter Williams.[1][2] Starting the race with a fastest reaction, Biondi's rival and teammate Tom Jager faded down the stretch to pick up the silver in 22.36. Meanwhile, Soviet Union's Gennadiy Prigoda edged out Swiss swimmer Dano Halsall by 12-hundredths of a second to take home the bronze in 22.71.[1]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Peter Williams (RSA) 22.18 Indianapolis, United States 10 April 1988
Olympic record Inaugural event

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
September 24 Heat 8 Matt Biondi United States 22.39 OR
September 24 Final Matt Biondi United States 22.14 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).[3]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 8 Matt Biondi United States 22.39 Q, OR
2 9 Gennadiy Prigoda Soviet Union 22.57 Q
3 7 Dano Halsall Switzerland 22.61 Q, NR
3 9 Tom Jager United States 22.61 Q
5 7 Volodymyr Tkachenko Soviet Union 22.81 Q
6 7 Frank Henter West Germany 22.98 Q
7 8 Andrew Baildon Australia 22.99 Q
8 8 Stéfan Voléry Switzerland 23.04 Q
9 9 Ang Peng Siong Singapore 23.08 q, NR
10 8 Per Johansson Sweden 23.12 q
11 7 Stéphan Caron France 23.22 q, WD
11 9 Stephan Güsgen West Germany 23.22 q
13 9 Tsvetan Golomeev Bulgaria 23.41 q, WD
13 9 Shen Jianqiang China 23.41 q
15 4 Mark Andrews Canada 23.44 q, NR
16 8 Goran Titus Sweden 23.44 q
17 8 Hilton Woods Netherlands Antilles 23.46 q
18 6 Feng Qiangbiao China 23.47 qSO
18 6 Christophe Kalfayan France 23.47 qSO
20 7 Vagn Høgholm Denmark 23.50
20 9 Hans Kroes Netherlands 23.50
22 7 Mark Foster Great Britain 23.51
23 7 Petr Kladiva Czechoslovakia 23.53
24 5 Manuel Guzmán Puerto Rico 23.61
25 6 Mike Fibbens Great Britain 23.67
26 8 Peter Rohde Denmark 23.70
27 6 Tom Stachewicz Australia 23.72
28 6 Yves Clausse Luxembourg 23.99
29 8 Rodrigo González Mexico 24.01
30 6 Paulo Trindade Portugal 24.02
31 5 Sergio Esteves Portugal 24.24
32 1 Garvin Ferguson Bahamas 24.25 NR
33 7 José Moreira Brazil 24.26
33 4 Joseph Eric Buhain Philippines 24.26 NR
35 5 Li Khai Kam Hong Kong 24.30
36 6 Markus Opatril Austria 24.32
37 5 Jorge Fernandes Brazil 24.40
38 6 Alexander Pilhatsch Austria 24.42
39 5 Michael Wright Hong Kong 24.47
40 5 Magnús Ólafsson Iceland 24.50
41 4 Richard Sam Bera Indonesia 24.63 NR
42 5 Mohamed El-Azoui Egypt 24.64
42 4 Murat Tahir Turkey 24.64
44 4 Hans Foerster Virgin Islands 24.72
45 6 Urbano Zea Mexico 24.86
45 3 Oon Jin Gee Singapore 24.86
47 3 Ronald Pickard Virgin Islands 25.01
48 5 Mohamed Hassan Egypt 25.11
49 1 Paul Yelle Barbados 25.15
50 4 Hakan Eskioğlu Turkey 25.24
51 3 Chiang Chi-Li Chinese Taipei 25.26
52 3 Vaughan Smith Zimbabwe 25.29
53 3 Graham Lewis Thompson Zimbabwe 25.38
54 3 Song Kwang-Sun South Korea 25.40
55 3 Wirmandi Sugriat Indonesia 25.55
56 3 Bruno Ndiaye Senegal 25.63
57 2 Warren Sorby Fiji 25.64
58 2 Pablo Barahona Honduras 25.79
59 1 Sergio Fafitine Mozambique 25.97
60 2 Plutarco Castellanos Honduras 26.00
61 2 Hasan Al-Shammari Kuwait 26.27
62 2 Jason Chute Fiji 26.46
63 2 Michele Piva San Marino 26.60
63 2 Ahmad Faraj United Arab Emirates 26.60
65 2 Trevor Ncala Swaziland 26.88
66 1 Filippo Piva San Marino 26.96
67 1 Amine El-Domyati Lebanon 27.34
68 1 Mubarak Faraj Bilal United Arab Emirates 27.60
69 1 Yul Mark du Pont Swaziland 27.93
070 4 Pedro Lima Angola DSQ
070 4 Mouhamed Diop Senegal DSQ

Qualification swim-off[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Feng Qiangbiao China 23.28 Q, WD
2 5 Christophe Kalfayan France 23.37 Q

Finals[edit]

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Final B[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
9 7 Goran Titus Sweden 23.28
10 5 Per Johansson Sweden 23.37
11 4 Ang Peng Siong Singapore 23.39
12 6 Shen Jianqiang China 23.40
13 8 Christophe Kalfayan France 23.45
14 3 Stephan Güsgen West Germany 23.55
15 2 Mark Andrews Canada 23.64
16 1 Hilton Woods Netherlands Antilles 23.65

Final A[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 4 Matt Biondi United States 22.14 WR
2 6 Tom Jager United States 22.36
3 5 Gennadiy Prigoda Soviet Union 22.71
4 3 Dano Halsall Switzerland 22.83
5 8 Stéfan Voléry Switzerland 22.84
6 2 Volodymyr Tkachenko Soviet Union 22.88
7 7 Frank Henter West Germany 23.03
8 1 Andrew Baildon Australia 23.15

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dodds, Tracy (24 September 1988). "The Seoul Games / Day 9 : Biondi, the Underdog, Ends Up Top Dog Again". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Husar, John (25 September 1988). "Biondi, Evans Stay On Gold Standard". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Seoul 2000: Swimming – Men's 50m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 400. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Seoul 2000: Swimming – Men's 50m Freestyle Finals" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 401. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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