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:||Jolanda de Rover|
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.