Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metre freestyle

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Men's 200 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date 18 September 1988 (heats)
19 September 1988 (finals)
Competitors 63 from 41 nations
Winning time 1:47.25 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Duncan Armstrong  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Anders Holmertz  Sweden
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Matt Biondi  United States
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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 men's 200-metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 18–19 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

Australia's Duncan Armstrong set a new world record to win the Olympic title in the event. Swimming in lane six and coming from third at the final turn, he edged out a vastly experienced 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.[2]

Sweden's Anders Holmertz overtook U.S. swimmer Matt Biondi about midway through the final stretch, but could not catch Armstrong near the wall to finish with a silver in 1:47.89. Leading almost the entire race, Biondi faded down the stretch to break the 1:48 barrier and take the bronze at 1:47.99.[3][4]

Poland's Artur Wojdat, a top qualifier on the morning preliminaries, 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.[4]

Records[edit]

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

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:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
19 September Final A Duncan Armstrong  Australia 1:47.25 WR

Results[edit]

Heats[edit]

Rule: The eight fastest swimmers advance to final A (Q), while the next eight to final B (q).[5]

Rank Heat Name Nationality Time Notes
1 7 Artur Wojdat  Poland 1:48.02 Q, NR
2 7 Matt Biondi  United States 1:48.39 Q
3 8 Michael Gross  West Germany 1:48.55 Q
4 8 Duncan Armstrong  Australia 1:48.86 Q
5 8 Troy Dalbey  United States 1:48.96 Q
6 7 Thomas Fahrner  West Germany 1:49.02 Q
7 7 Steffen Zesner  East Germany 1:49.13 Q
8 6 Anders Holmertz  Sweden 1:49.28 Q
9 8 Roberto Gleria  Italy 1:49.51 q
10 8 Thomas Flemming  East Germany 1:49.52 q
11 6 Stéphan Caron  France 1:49.66 q, WD
12 6 Giorgio Lamberti  Italy 1:50.47 q, WD
13 6 Aleksey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 1:50.84 q
14 6 Mariusz Podkościelny  Poland 1:50.95 q
15 6 Tom Stachewicz  Australia 1:51.02 q
16 5 Shigeo Ogata  Japan 1:51.14 q
17 7 Franz Mortensen  Denmark 1:51.15 q
18 6 Paul Howe  Great Britain 1:51.22 q
19 7 Carlos Scanavino  Uruguay 1:51.42
20 6 Alberto Bottini  Switzerland 1:51.45
21 7 Tommy Werner  Sweden 1:51.96
22 8 Iurie Başcatov  Soviet Union 1:52.04
23 8 Cristiano Michelena  Brazil 1:52.32
24 4 Patrick Dybiona  Netherlands 1:52.67
25 4 Stéfan Voléry  Switzerland 1:52.94
26 4 Rodrigo González  Mexico 1:52.99
27 5 Michael Green  Great Britain 1:53.03
28 5 Magnús Ólafsson  Iceland 1:53.05
28 5 Daniel Serra  Spain 1:53.05
30 5 Júlio César Rebolal  Brazil 1:53.16
31 5 Jan Larsen  Denmark 1:53.61
32 4 Ignacio Escamilla  Mexico 1:53.63
33 5 Jean-Marie Arnould  Belgium 1:53.73
34 5 Zoltán Szilágyi  Hungary 1:53.75
35 7 Ludovic Depickère  France 1:53.81
36 4 Salvador Vassallo  Puerto Rico 1:53.82
37 8 Norbert Ágh  Hungary 1:54.72
38 4 Yves Clausse  Luxembourg 1:54.90
39 4 Xie Jun  China 1:55.04
40 3 René Concepcion  Philippines 1:55.58
41 3 Alexander Placheta  Austria 1:56.11
42 4 Vaughan Smith  Zimbabwe 1:56.13
43 2 David Lim  Singapore 1:56.44
44 2 Joseph Eric Buhain  Philippines 1:56.84
45 2 Kwon Sang-won  South Korea 1:56.88
46 2 Oon Jin Gee  Singapore 1:57.28
47 3 Moustafa Amer  Egypt 1:57.50
48 3 Richard Sam Bera  Indonesia 1:57.60
49 3 Jonathan Sakovich  Guam 1:57.72
50 3 Stephen Cullen  Ireland 1:57.90
51 2 Arthur Li Kai Yien  Hong Kong 1:58.10
52 3 Hakan Eskioğlu  Turkey 1:58.45
53 3 Jeffrey Ong  Malaysia 1:58.62
54 2 Kwon Soon-kun  South Korea 1:58.95
55 1 Wu Ming-hsun  Chinese Taipei 2:00.43
56 2 Tsang Yi Ming  Hong Kong 2:01.02
57 2 Richard Gheel  Ireland 2:01.73
58 1 Hans Foerster  Virgin Islands 2:01.94
59 1 Kristan Singleton  Virgin Islands 2:06.45
60 1 Jason Chute  Fiji 2:09.05
61 1 Mohamed Bin Abid  United Arab Emirates 2:09.43
62 1 Ahmad Faraj  United Arab Emirates 2:13.21
63 1 Émile Lahoud  Lebanon 2:16.39

Finals[edit]

[6]

Final B[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
9 4 Roberto Gleria  Italy 1:49.28
10 5 Thomas Flemming  East Germany 1:50.18
11 2 Tom Stachewicz  Australia 1:50.83
12 3 Aleksey Kuznetsov  Soviet Union 1:51.03
13 1 Franz Mortensen  Denmark 1:51.44
14 6 Mariusz Podkościelny  Poland 1:51.63
15 7 Shigeo Ogata  Japan 1:51.89
16 8 Paul Howe  Great Britain 1:51.99

Final A[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 6 Duncan Armstrong  Australia 1:47.25 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8 Anders Holmertz  Sweden 1:47.89
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 Matt Biondi  United States 1:47.99 AM
4 4 Artur Wojdat  Poland 1:48.40
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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