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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: July 29, 1984

Gold: USA Nancy Hogshead
USA Carrie Steinseifer
Bronze: NED Annemarie Verstappen

Summary

This was the first final of the 1984 Olympic swimming program and it was greatly affected by the results of the men’s 400 individual medley at the 1972 Olympics. In that event, Sweden’s [Gunnar Larsson] and American Tim McKee seemingly tied in 4:31.98, but the electronic timer broke that tie, giving the Swede the gold by a margin of 2/1000ths of a second. It was decided after that race, that this was too close, as the margin could be affected by irregularities in the paint on a lane, so all swimming races since 1972 that were tied to the 1/100th would be considered ties.\n\nThe early leader in the final of this race was Dutchwoman Annemarie Verstappen, who was ahead at the turn. In the final 50 metres the Americans Carrie Steinseifer and Nancy Hogshead passed her and came to the wall together, literally together. They both finished in 55.92, although the scoreboard initially showed Steinseifer as the winner, but that was quickly changed to a tie for first between Steinseifer and Hogshead.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1T Nancy Hogshead 22 United States USA Gold
1T Carrie Steinseifer 16 United States USA Gold
3 Annemarie Verstappen 18 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Conny van Bentum 18 Netherlands NED
5 Michelle Pearson 22 Australia AUS
6 June Croft 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Susanne Schuster 21 West Germany FRG
8 Angela Russell 17 Australia AUS
9 Iris Zscherpe 17 West Germany FRG
10 Silvia Persi 18 Italy ITA
11 Nikki Fibbens 20 Great Britain GBR
12 Pam Rai 18 Canada CAN
13 Sophie Kamoun 17 France FRA
14 Jane Kerr 16 Canada CAN
15 Agneta Eriksson 19 Sweden SWE
16 Maria Kardum 16 Sweden SWE
17 Kaori Yanase 16 Japan JPN
18 Maarit Sihvonen 23 Finland FIN
19 Marie-Thérèse Armentero 18 Switzerland SUI
20 Patricia Kohlmann 15 Mexico MEX
21 Chikako Nakamori 17 Japan JPN
22 Ding Jilian 20 China CHN
23 Sofia Dara 21 Greece GRE
24 Grazia Colombo 19 Italy ITA
25 Teresa Rivera 18 Mexico MEX
26 Yan Hong 16 China CHN
27 Virginia Sachero 23 Argentina ARG
28 Carmel Clark 19 New Zealand NZL
29 Shelley Cramer 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
30 Kim Jin-Suk 15 South Korea KOR
31 Sandra Crousse 18 Peru PER
32 Kathy Wong 16 Hong Kong HKG
33 Carol Ann Heavey 18 Ireland IRL
34 Fenella Ng 16 Hong Kong HKG
35 Faten Ghattas 19 Tunisia TUN
36 Christine Jacob 17 Philippines PHI
37 Blanca Morales 14 Guatemala GUA
38 Helen Chow 18 Malaysia MAS
39 Anna Doig 18 New Zealand NZL
40 Sherwite Hafez 17 Egypt EGY
41 Karen Slowing-Aceituno 15 Guatemala GUA
42 Nevine Hafez 15 Egypt EGY
43 Sharon Pickering 16 Fiji FIJ
44 Daniela Galassi 16 San Marino SMR
45 María Lardizábal Honduras HON