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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Swimming events at the
1984 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle
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 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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