Swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

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Women's 800 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
Venue McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium
Date 3 August 1984 (heats & final)
Competitors 23 from 16 nations
Winning time 8:24.96 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tiffany Cohen  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Michele Richardson  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Sarah Hardcastle  Great Britain
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The final of the women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 1984 Summer Olympics was held at the McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, California, on August 3, 1984.[1] The fastest eight qualified for the final.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Tracey Wickham (AUS) 8:24.62 Edmonton, Canada 5 August 1978
Olympic record  Michelle Ford (AUS) 8:28.90 Moscow, Soviet Union 26 July 1980

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nation Time Record
3 August Final A Tiffany Cohen  United States 8:24.96 OR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q).[2]

Rank Heat Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1 2 4 Michele Richardson  United States 8:32.64 Q
2 2 5 Anna McVann  Australia 8:35.19 Q
3 1 4 Sarah Hardcastle  Great Britain 8:35.87 Q
4 1 5 Carla Lasi  Italy 8:41.84 Q, NR
5 3 4 Tiffany Cohen  United States 8:41.86 Q
6 3 6 Karen Ward  Canada 8:45.37 Q
7 2 2 Monica Olmi  Italy 8:45.83 Q
8 3 5 Jolande van der Meer  Netherlands 8:46.58 Q
9 3 2 Ann Linder  Sweden 8:50.80
10 2 6 Donna McGinnis  Canada 8:51.71
11 1 6 Birgit Kowalczik  West Germany 8:53.34
12 3 1 Irma Huerta  Mexico 8:56.18
13 3 3 Susie Baumer  Australia 8:56.40
14 1 3 Annabelle Cripps  Great Britain 8:58.09
15 2 3 Laurence Bensimon  France 9:01.75
16 1 7 Nadia Krüger  Switzerland 9:07.95
17 3 7 Lisa Ann Wen  Chinese Taipei 9:09.73
18 2 7 Junko Sakurai  Japan 9:13.27
19 2 8 Karen Slowing-Aceituno  Guatemala 9:20.68
20 1 1 Chang Hui-chien  Chinese Taipei 9:34.93
23 1 2 Sofia Dara  Greece DNS
23 2 1 Hadar Rubinstein  Israel DNS
23 3 8 Rosa Fuentes  Mexico DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 2 Tiffany Cohen  United States 8:24.96 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 4 Michele Richardson  United States 8:30.73
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Sarah Hardcastle  Great Britain 8:32.60 NR
4 5 Anna McVann  Australia 8:37.94
5 6 Carla Lasi  Italy 8:42.45
6 8 Jolande van der Meer  Netherlands 8:42.86
7 1 Monica Olmi  Italy 8:47.32
8 7 Karen Ward  Canada 8:48.12

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