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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 200 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: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: July 30, 1984

Gold: CAN Anne Ottenbrite
Silver: USA Susan Rapp
Bronze: BEL Ingrid Lempereur

Summary

Just before this final, Alex Baumann won the men’s 400 IM, the first gold medal by a Canadian swimmer since 1912. Watching the race, Anne Ottenbrite had tears in her eyes, as she watched her teammate win. Ottenbrite had been placed on the Canadian Olympic squad despite being unable to swim at the Trials because of a recently dislocated kneecap. The favorite in this race, however, was Japan’s Hiroko Nagasaki who had the the best time in the world in 1983, 2:29.81. But she was bothered in LA by knee tendinitis and qualified only fifth. In the final Nagasaki and Ottenbrite went out in the lead, well ahead of Olympic record pace. But neither could maintain that pace, although Ottenbrite held on for the gold medal, coming home in 2:30.38. Nagasaki faded badly on the final lap and finished out of the medals in fourth. The silver went to American Susan Rapp, who came from nowhere in the final 50. She was trailed by the surprising Belgian Ingrid Lempereur, who came into Los Angeles with a PR of only 2:38.06, but improved that to 2:31.40 for the bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anne Ottenbrite 18 Canada CAN Gold
2 Susan Rapp 19 United States USA Silver
3 Ingrid Lempereur 15 Belgium BEL Bronze
4 Hiroko Nagasaki 16 Japan JPN
5 Sharon Kellett 16 Australia AUS
6 Ute Hasse 20 West Germany FRG
7 Suki Brownsdon 18 Great Britain GBR
8 Kim Rhodenbaugh 18 United States USA
9 Manuela Dalla Valle 21 Italy ITA
10 Petra van Staveren 18 Netherlands NED
11 Laura Belotti 17 Italy ITA
12 Mary Lubawski 19 Canada CAN
13 Alicia María Boscatto 24 Argentina ARG
14 Annelie Holmström 20 Sweden SWE
15 Gaynor Stanley 18 Great Britain GBR
16 Dimity Douglas 14 Australia AUS
17 Sara Guido 20 Mexico MEX
18 Petra Hillenius 16 Netherlands NED
19 Kaori Iwasaki 15 Japan JPN
20 Guðrún Ágústsdóttir 17 Iceland ISL
21 Rosa María Silva 15 Uruguay URU
22 Chow Lai Yee 17 Hong Kong HKG
23 Isabel Lardizábal Honduras HON