Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics

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Swimming
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Dates September 18 – September 25
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The 1988 Summer Olympics took place in Seoul, South Korea. The swimming competition, held from September 18 to September 25, was notable for the seven medals, including five golds, won by Matt Biondi, the six golds won by Kristin Otto, and the three individual golds won by Janet Evans. 633 participants from 77 countries were competing.[1]

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  East Germany (GDR) 11 8 9 28
2  United States (USA) 8 6 4 18
3  Hungary (HUN) 4 2 0 6
4  Soviet Union (URS) 2 2 5 9
5  Australia (AUS) 1 1 1 3
 Bulgaria (BUL) 1 1 1 3
 Great Britain (GBR) 1 1 1 3
 West Germany (FRG) 1 1 1 3
9  Japan (JPN) 1 0 0 1
 Suriname (SUR) 1 0 0 1
11  China (CHN) 0 3 1 4
12  Canada (CAN) 0 1 1 2
 Romania (ROU) 0 1 1 2
14  Costa Rica (CRC) 0 1 0 1
 Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
 Netherlands (NED) 0 1 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
18  France (FRA) 0 0 2 2
 New Zealand (NZL) 0 0 2 2
20  Italy (ITA) 0 0 1 1
 Poland (POL) 0 0 1 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 0 1 1

Events[edit]

The swimming program for 1988 included two new events, the men's and women's 50 m freestyle, bringing the total number of events to 31.

The following events were contested:

Competition schedule[edit]

All dates are in 1988.

date Morning session Afternoon session
Sept.18   no competition women's 100 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 400 I.M. (prelims)
men's 200 freestyle (prelims)
Sept.19 women's 100 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 breaststroke (finals)
women's 400 I.M. (finals)
men's 200 freestyle (finals)
Sept.20 men's 100 butterfly (prelims)
women's 200 freestyle (prelims)
men's 400 I.M. (prelims)
women's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
Sept.21 men's 100 butterfly (finals)
women's 200 freestyle (finals)
men's 400 I.M. (finals)
women's 200 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.22 women's 400 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 freestyle (prelims)
women's 100 backstroke (prelims)
men's 200 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Free Relay
women's 400 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 freestyle (finals)
women's 100 backstroke (finals)
men's 200 backstroke (finals)
women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.23 men's 400 freestyle (prelims)
women's 100 butterfly (prelims)
men's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
women's 800 freestyle (prelims)
men's 400 freestyle (final)
women's 100 butterfly (finals)
men's 200 breaststroke (finals)
women's 100 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
Sept.24 men's 200 butterfly (prelims)
women's 200 I.M. (prelims)
men's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Medley Relay (prelims)
men's 1500 freestyle (prelims)
women's 200 I.M. (finals)
men's 200 butterfly (finals)
men's 50 freestyle (finals)
women's 800 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 backstroke (finals)
women's 4x100 Medley Relay (finals)
Sept.25 women's 200 butterfly (prelims)
men's 200 I.M. (prelims)
women's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 4x100 Medley Relay (prelims)
women's 200 backstroke (prelims)
men's 200 I.M. (finals)
women's 200 butterfly (finals)
women's 50 freestyle (finals)
men's 1500 freestyle (finals)
women's 200 backstroke (finals)
men's 4x100 Medley Relay (finals)

Medal summary[edit]

Men’s events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle
details
Matt Biondi
 United States
22.14 (WR) Tom Jager
 United States
22.36 Gennadiy Prigoda
 Soviet Union
22.71
100 m freestyle
details
Matt Biondi
 United States
48.63 (OR) Chris Jacobs
 United States
49.08 Stéphan Caron
 France
49.62
200 m freestyle
details
Duncan Armstrong
 Australia
1:47.25 (WR) Anders Holmertz
 Sweden
1:47.89 Matt Biondi
 United States
1:47.99
400 m freestyle
details
Uwe Dassler
 East Germany
3:46.95 (WR) Duncan Armstrong
 Australia
3:47.15 Artur Wojdat
 Poland
3:47.34
1500 m freestyle
details
Vladimir Salnikov
 Soviet Union
15:00.40 Stefan Pfeiffer
 West Germany
15:02.69 Uwe Dassler
 East Germany
15:06.15
100 m backstroke
details
Daichi Suzuki
 Japan
55.05 David Berkoff
 United States
55.18 Igor Polyansky
 Soviet Union
55.20
200 m backstroke
details
Igor Polyansky
 Soviet Union
1:59.37 Frank Baltrusch
 East Germany
1:59.60 Paul Kingsman
 New Zealand
2:00.48
100 m breaststroke
details
Adrian Moorhouse
 Great Britain
1:02.04 Károly Güttler
 Hungary
1:02.05 Dmitry Volkov
 Soviet Union
1:02.20
200 m breaststroke
details
József Szabó
 Hungary
2:13.52 Nick Gillingham
 Great Britain
2:14.12 Sergio López Miró
 Spain
2:15.21
100 m butterfly
details
Anthony Nesty
 Suriname
53.00 (OR) Matt Biondi
 United States
53.01 Andy Jameson
 Great Britain
53.30
200 m butterfly
details
Michael Gross
 West Germany
1:56.94 (OR) Benny Nielsen
 Denmark
1:58.24 Anthony Mosse
 New Zealand
1:58.28
200 m individual medley
details
Tamás Darnyi
 Hungary
2:00.17 (WR) Patrick Kühl
 East Germany
2:01.61 Vadim Yaroshchuk
 Soviet Union
2:02.40
400 m individual medley
details
Tamás Darnyi
 Hungary
4:14.75 (WR) David Wharton
 United States
4:17.36 Stefano Battistelli
 Italy
4:18.01
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
 United States (USA)
Chris Jacobs
Troy Dalbey
Tom Jager
Matt Biondi
Doug Gjertsen*
Brent Lang*
Shaun Jordan*
3:16.53  Soviet Union (URS)
Gennadiy Prigoda
Yuri Bashkatov
Nikolai Yevseyev
Vladimir Tkacenko
Raimundas Mažuolis*
Oleksiy Boryslavskiy*
3:18.33  East Germany (GDR)
Dirk Richter
Thomas Flemming
Lars Hinneburg
Steffen Zesner
3:19.82
4 × 200 m freestyle relay
details
 United States (USA)
Troy Dalbey
Matt Cetlinski
Doug Gjertsen
Matt Biondi
Craig Oppel*
Dan Jorgensen*
7:12.51  East Germany (GDR)
Uwe Daßler
Sven Lodziewski
Thomas Flemming
Steffen Zesner
Lars Hinneburg*
7:13.68  West Germany (FRG)
Erik Hochstein
Thomas Fahrner
Rainer Henkel
Michael Gross
Peter Sitt*
Stefan Pfeiffer*
7:14.35
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
 United States (USA)
David Berkoff
Richard Schroeder
Matt Biondi
Chris Jacobs
Jay Mortenson*
Tom Jager*
3:36.93  Canada (CAN)
Mark Tewksbury
Victor Davis
Tom Ponting
Sandy Goss
3:39.28  Soviet Union (URS)
Igor Polyansky
Dmitry Volkov
Vadim Yaroshchuk
Gennadiy Prigoda
Sergey Zabolotnov*
Valeriy Lozik*
Konstantin Petrov*
Nikolay Yevseyev*
3:39.96

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Women’s events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 m freestyle
details
Kristin Otto
 East Germany
25.49 (OR) Yang Wenyi
 China
25.64 Jill Sterkel
 United States
25.71
Katrin Meissner
 East Germany
100 m freestyle
details
Kristin Otto
 East Germany
54.93 Zhuang Yong
 China
55.47 Catherine Plewinski
 France
55.49
200 m freestyle
details
Heike Friedrich
 East Germany
1:57.65 (OR) Silvia Poll
 Costa Rica
1:58.67 Manuela Stellmach
 East Germany
1:59.01
400 m freestyle
details
Janet Evans
 United States
4:03.85 (WR) Heike Friedrich
 East Germany
4:05.94 Anke Möhring
 East Germany
4:06.62
800 m freestyle
details
Janet Evans
 United States
8:20.20 (OR) Astrid Strauß
 East Germany
8:22.09 Julie McDonald
 Australia
8:22.93
100 m backstroke
details
Kristin Otto
 East Germany
1:00.89 Krisztina Egerszegi
 Hungary
1:01.56 Cornelia Sirch
 East Germany
1:01.57
200 m backstroke
details
Krisztina Egerszegi
 Hungary
2:09.29 (OR) Katrin Zimmermann
 East Germany
2:10.61 Cornelia Sirch
 East Germany
2:11.45
100 m breaststroke
details
Tanya Dangalakova
 Bulgaria
1:07.95 (OR) Antoaneta Frenkeva
 Bulgaria
1:08.74 Silke Hörner
 East Germany
1:08.83
200 m breaststroke
details
Silke Hörner
 East Germany
2:26.71 (WR) Huang Xiaomin
 China
2:27.49 Antoaneta Frenkeva
 Bulgaria
2:28.34
100 m butterfly
details
Kristin Otto
 East Germany
59.00 (OR) Birte Weigang
 East Germany
59.45 Hong Qian
 China
59.52
200 m butterfly
details
Kathleen Nord
 East Germany
2:09.51 Birte Weigang
 East Germany
2:09.91 Mary T. Meagher
 United States
2:10.80
200 m individual medley
details
Daniela Hunger
 East Germany
2:12.59 (OR) Yelena Dendeberova
 Soviet Union
2:13.31 Noemi Lung
 Romania
2:14.85
400 m individual medley
details
Janet Evans
 United States
4:37.76 Noemi Lung
 Romania
4:39.46 Daniela Hunger
 East Germany
4:39.76
4 × 100 m freestyle relay
details
 East Germany (GDR)
Kristin Otto
Katrin Meissner
Daniela Hunger
Manuela Stellmach
Sabina Schulze*
Heike Friedrich*
3:40.63  Netherlands (NED)
Marianne Muis
Mildred Muis
Conny van Bentum
Karin Brienesse
Diana van der Plaats*
3:43.39  United States (USA)
Mary Wayte
Mitzi Kremer
Laura Walker
Dara Torres
Paige Zemina*
Jill Sterkel*
3:44.25
4 × 100 m medley relay
details
 East Germany (GDR)
Kristin Otto
Silke Hörner
Birte Weigang
Katrin Meissner
Cornelia Sirch*
Manuela Stellmach*
4:03.74  United States (USA)
Beth Barr
Tracey McFarlane
Janel Jorgensen
Mary Wayte
Betsy Mitchell*
Mary T. Meagher*
Dara Torres*
4:07.90  Canada (CAN)
Lori Melien
Allison Higson
Jane Kerr
Andrea Nugent
Keltie Duggan*
Patricia Noall*
4:10.49

* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.

Participating nations[edit]

633 swimmers from 77 nations competed.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 11 November 2016.