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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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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 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984

Gold: NED Jolanda de Rover
Silver: USA Amy White
Bronze: ROU Aneta Pătrăşcoiu

Summary

This was the final individual event of the 1984 Olympic swimming program. It was won by the Netherlands’ Jolanda de Rover, who had been a silver medalist at the 1981 European Championships, with a personal best of 2:15.22. But she did not improve on that mark in 1982-83, finishing eighth at the 1982 Worlds, and seventh at the 1983 Europeans. At the 1984 Dutch Olympic Trials, she set a new national record with 2:13.90, and improved that in Los Angeles in the prelims, qualifying first in 2:13.50. By the time of this race, she had already won bronze in LA in the 100 back. In the final she set a blistering pace, going out in 30.85 and 1:04.48 to lead Romania’s Aneta Pătrăşcoiu by ½-a-second at mid-race. De Rover slowed in the next 50, but still led as American Amy White challenged the leaders, and she hung on to win gold in 2:12.38, with White taking silver and Pătrăşcoiu the bronze. White had been 1983 Pan American champion in this event when she was only 14-years-old. De Rover’s time made her the eighth fastest performer of all-time. Pătrăşcoiu won the first-ever Olympic swimming medal for Romania.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jolanda de Rover 20 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Amy White 15 United States USA Silver
3 Aneta Pătrăşcoiu 16 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Georgina Parkes 19 Australia AUS
5 Tori Trees 19 United States USA
6 Svenja Schlicht 17 West Germany FRG
7 Carmen Bunaciu 22 Romania ROU
8 Carmel Clark 19 New Zealand NZL
9 Sandra Dahlmann 16 West Germany FRG
10 Catherine White 19 Great Britain GBR
11 Kathy Read 15 Great Britain GBR
12 Reema Abdo 21 Canada CAN
13 Yolande Van Der Straeten 18 Belgium BEL
14 Naomi Sekido 15 Japan JPN
15 Sofia Kraft 18 Sweden SWE
16 Audrey Moore 19 Australia AUS
17 Brigitte van der Lans 16 Netherlands NED
18 Sabine Pauwels 17 Belgium BEL
19 Melinda Copp 22 Canada CAN
20 Teresa Rivera 18 Mexico MEX
21 Choi Yun-Hui 16 South Korea KOR
22 Nozomi Sunouchi 19 Japan JPN
23 Manuela Carosi 19 Italy ITA
24 Eva Gysling 17 Switzerland SUI
25 Lotta Flink 19 Hong Kong HKG
26 Christine Jacob 17 Philippines PHI
27 Yan Hong 16 China CHN