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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 2, 1984

Gold: NED Petra van Staveren
Silver: CAN Anne Ottenbrite
Bronze: FRA Catherine Poirot

Summary

In the absence of the East German women, the three pre-meet favorites were Canada’s Anne Ottenbrite, Japan’s Hiroko Nagasaki, and American Tracy Caulkins. But they qualified only 6-7-8 in the prelims, and Caulkins only made the final after the disqualification of Italy’s Manuela Dalla Valle for using an illegal kick. The leading qualifier was Frenchwoman Cathérine Poirot, a veteran with an undistinguished international career, but one who had improved dramatically in the Olympic year. The second best mark in the prelims was set by Petra van Staveren of the Netherlands, another international veteran, who had trailed in the East German wakes for several years. The final seemed wide open.

But van Staveren controlled the entire race. She turned a half-bodylength in front of Poirot and Caulkins, although Caulkins had a great turn to almost make up the deficit. But then Ottenbrite and Poirot passed her near the wall to decide the medals. Van Staveren’s gold was a surprise but her national record of 1:09.88 made her the fifth fastest performer of all-time. Nagasaki was never a factor, placing sixth. This was the only women’s event in Los Angeles in which American women did not win a medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Petra van Staveren 18 Netherlands NED Gold OR
2 Anne Ottenbrite 18 Canada CAN Silver
3 Catherine Poirot 21 France FRA Bronze
4 Tracy Caulkins 21 United States USA
5 Eva-Marie Håkansson 23 Sweden SWE
6 Hiroko Nagasaki 16 Japan JPN
7 Susan Rapp 19 United States USA
8 Jean Hill 20 Great Britain GBR
9 Ute Hasse 20 West Germany FRG
10 Ingrid Lempereur 15 Belgium BEL
11 Dimity Douglas 14 Australia AUS
12 Angelika Knipping 23 West Germany FRG
13 Lisa Borsholt 22 Canada CAN
14 Carlotta Tagnin 19 Italy ITA
15 Patricia Brülhart 16 Switzerland SUI
16 Annelie Holmström 20 Sweden SWE
17 Sandra Bowman 17 Great Britain GBR
18 Sharon Kellett 16 Australia AUS
19 Petra Hillenius 16 Netherlands NED
20 Liang Weifen 22 China CHN
21 Alicia María Boscatto 24 Argentina ARG
22 Kaori Iwasaki 15 Japan JPN
23 Sara Guido 20 Mexico MEX
24 Maarit Sihvonen 23 Finland FIN
25 Guðrún Ágústsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
26 Rosa María Silva 15 Uruguay URU
27 Chow Lai Yee 17 Hong Kong HKG
28 Helen Chow 18 Malaysia MAS
29 Isabel Lardizábal Honduras HON
AC r1/2 Manuela Dalla Valle 21 Italy ITA DQ