Swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

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Men's 100 metre freestyle
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Venue Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool
Date 22 September 1988 (heats & finals)
Competitors 78 from 50 nations
Winning time 48.63 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Matt Biondi  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Chris Jacobs  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Stéphan Caron  France
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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 100 metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 22 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

U.S. overwhelming favorite Matt Biondi smashed a new Olympic record to claim his first ever individual gold and fourth career medal in swimming at these Games. Maintaining a lead from start to finish, he pulled away from a star-studded field to hit the wall first in 48.63.[2][3] Biondi also enjoyed his teammate Chris Jacobs taking home the silver in 49.08, as the Americans climbed on top of the podium for the sixth time in the event's Olympic history with a 1–2 finish. Earlier in the prelims, Jacobs sliced off Rowdy Gaines' 1984 record by six-tenths of a second to establish a new Olympic standard of 49.20 in the eighth heat, until Biondi eventually lowered it to 49.04 in the final of ten heats.[4] Meanwhile, France's Stéphan Caron held off an intense sprint battle against Soviet duo Gennadiy Prigoda and Iurie Başcatov to take home the bronze in 49.62.[2]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Matt Biondi (USA) 48.42 Austin, United States 10 August 1988
Olympic record  Rowdy Gaines (USA) 49.80 Los Angeles, United States 31 July 1984

The following records were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Time Record
22 September Heat 8 Chris Jacobs  United States 49.20 OR
22 September Heat 10 Matt Biondi  United States 49.04 OR
22 September Final A Matt Biondi  United States 48.63 OR

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 10 Matt Biondi  United States 49.04 Q, OR
2 8 Chris Jacobs  United States 49.20 Q
3 9 Stéphan Caron  France 49.37 Q
4 9 Iurie Başcatov  Soviet Union 50.08 Q
5 10 Gennadiy Prigoda  Soviet Union 50.13 Q
6 8 Per Johansson  Sweden 50.22 Q
7 9 Andrew Baildon  Australia 50.34 Q
8 8 Tommy Werner  Sweden 50.45 Q
9 10 Steffen Zesner  East Germany 50.73 q, WD
10 7 Hilton Woods  Netherlands Antilles 50.73 q
11 8 Franz Mortensen  Denmark 50.74 q
12 8 Sven Lodziewski  East Germany 50.77 q
13 9 Thomas Fahrner  West Germany 50.78 q
14 10 Sandy Goss  Canada 50.81 q
15 9 Tsvetan Golomeev  Bulgaria 50.82 q
16 9 Tom Stachewicz  Australia 50.90 q
17 10 Stéfan Voléry  Switzerland 50.96 q
18 8 Roberto Gleria  Italy 50.97
19 9 Torsten Wiegel  West Germany 51.02
20 9 Christophe Kalfayan  France 51.05
21 10 Andy Jameson  Great Britain 51.18
22 8 Roland Lee  Great Britain 51.20
23 7 Dano Halsall  Switzerland 51.21
24 4 Manuel Guzmán  Puerto Rico 51.25
25 7 Peter Rohde  Denmark 51.38
26 10 Petr Kladiva  Czechoslovakia 51.39
27 10 Shen Jianqiang  China 51.40
28 7 Rodrigo González  Mexico 51.46
29 7 Hans Kroes  Netherlands 51.65
30 7 Patrick Dybiona  Netherlands 51.79
31 6 Magnús Ólafsson  Iceland 52.01
32 5 Shigeo Ogata  Japan 52.08
33 6 Jorge Fernandes  Brazil 52.23
34 6 Jean-Marie Arnould  Belgium 52.26
35 6 Yves Clausse  Luxembourg 52.27
36 7 Ross Anderson  New Zealand 52.33
37 6 Emanuel Nascimento  Brazil 52.41
38 6 Feng Qiangbiao  China 52.45
39 5 Carlos Scanavino  Uruguay 52.52
40 6 Ang Peng Siong  Singapore 52.53
41 5 Markus Opatril  Austria 52.66
42 8 Mihály Richárd Bodor  Hungary 52.77
43 3 Oon Jin Gee  Singapore 53.26
44 5 Murat Tahir  Turkey 53.27
45 4 Moustafa Amer  Egypt 53.57
46 5 Vaughan Smith  Zimbabwe 53.58
47 5 Richard Sam Bera  Indonesia 53.59
48 1 Garvin Ferguson  Bahamas 53.62
49 4 Michael Wright  Hong Kong 53.64
50 4 Li Khai Kam  Hong Kong 53.70
51 4 René Concepcion  Philippines 53.84
52 5 Hakan Eskioğlu  Turkey 53.95
53 4 Jonathan Sakovich  Guam 54.24
54 3 Hans Foerster  Virgin Islands 54.29
55 3 Kwon Sang-won  South Korea 54.34
56 5 Ignacio Escamilla  Mexico 54.56
57 3 Song Kwang-sun  South Korea 54.63
58 3 Ronald Pickard  Virgin Islands 54.72
59 2 Mouhamed Diop  Senegal 54.93
60 3 Graham Thompson  Zimbabwe 55.20
61 1 Paul Yelle  Barbados 55.35
62 3 Pedro Lima  Angola 55.53
63 4 Chiang Chi-li  Chinese Taipei 55.87
64 2 Plutarco Castellanos  Honduras 56.11
65 3 Hasan Al-Shammari  Kuwait 56.44
66 2 Warren Sorby  Fiji 56.66
67 1 Sergio Fafitine  Mozambique 57.10
68 2 Pablo Barahona  Honduras 57.97
69 2 Michele Piva  San Marino 57.99
70 1 Jason Chute  Fiji 58.14
71 2 Filippo Piva  San Marino 58.39
72 1 Mohamed Bin Abid  United Arab Emirates 58.81
73 2 Ahmad Faraj  United Arab Emirates 59.10
74 2 Trevor Ncala  Swaziland 59.25
75 1 Emile Lahoud  Lebanon 1:02.40
76 1 Yul Mark Du Pont  Swaziland 1:02.70
077 6 Stefan Opatril  Austria DSQ
078 7 Giorgio Lamberti  Italy DNS

Finals[edit]

[6]

Final B[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
9 1 Tom Stachewicz  Australia 50.71
10 2 Sandy Goss  Canada 50.73
11 8 Stéfan Voléry  Switzerland 50.74
12 3 Sven Lodziewski  East Germany 51.00
13 5 Franz Mortensen  Denmark 51.05
14 6 Thomas Fahrner  West Germany 51.12
15 7 Tsvetan Golomeev  Bulgaria 51.16
16 4 Hilton Woods  Netherlands Antilles 51.25

Final A[edit]

Rank Lane Name Nationality Time Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) 4 Matt Biondi  United States 48.63 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5 Chris Jacobs  United States 49.08
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3 Stéphan Caron  France 49.62
4 2 Gennadiy Prigoda  Soviet Union 49.75
5 6 Iurie Başcatov  Soviet Union 50.08
6 1 Andrew Baildon  Australia 50.23
7 7 Per Johansson  Sweden 50.35
8 8 Tommy Werner  Sweden 50.54

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Freestyle". Sports Reference. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "The Games at a Glance". New York Times. 23 September 1988. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Robb, Sharon (23 September 1988). "Evans Sets Record, Wins 2nd Gold". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Husar, John (22 September 1988). "'Tight' Biondi Sets Record In Heats". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Seoul 1988: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Heats" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 401. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Seoul 1988: Swimming – Men's 100m Freestyle Finals" (PDF). Seoul 1988. LA84 Foundation. p. 402. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 

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