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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

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

Gold: USA Mary Wayte
Silver: USA Sippy Woodhead
Bronze: NED Annemarie Verstappen

Summary

At the beginning of 1984 the world record was held by American Sippy Woodhead, who had set three world marks back in 1978-79. She had been World Swimmer of the Year in 1979 and was crushed by not being able to compete in Moscow. Now an ancient 20-year-old, for a world-class swimmer in that era, Woodhead was nowhere near the swimmer she had been in the late 70s, but she made the US team. Just prior to the Los Angeles, her world record was broken by Kristin Otto at the East German trials, who could not be there because of the Soviet-led boycott. Woodhead had won the US Trials, leading home Mary Wayte, but in Los Angeles Wayte was the one winning, coming to the wall in 1:59.23, with Woodhead taking silver. Woodhead’s time of 1:59.50 was her best in three years. A few weeks later Otto won this event at the Friendship Games, but her time was a surprisingly slow 1:59.48.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mary Wayte 19 United States USA Gold
2 Sippy Woodhead 20 United States USA Silver
3 Annemarie Verstappen 18 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Michelle Pearson 22 Australia AUS
5 Conny van Bentum 18 Netherlands NED
6 June Croft 21 Great Britain GBR
7 Ina Beyermann 19 West Germany FRG
8 Anna McVann 15 Australia AUS
9 Silvia Persi 18 Italy ITA
10 Iris Zscherpe 17 West Germany FRG
11 Julie Daigneault 19 Canada CAN
12 Ann Linder 18 Sweden SWE
13 Chikako Nakamori 17 Japan JPN
14 Jane Kerr 16 Canada CAN
15 Annabelle Cripps 16 Great Britain GBR
16 Kaori Yanase 16 Japan JPN
17 Carla Lasi 19 Italy ITA
18 Lisa Ann Wen 19 Chinese Taipei TPE
19 Laurence Bensimon 21 France FRA
20 Carol Ann Heavey Ireland IRL
21 Patricia Kohlmann 15 Mexico MEX
22 Sandra Crousse 18 Peru PER
23 Sofia Dara 21 Greece GRE
24 Irma Huerta 14 Mexico MEX
25 Christine Jacob 17 Philippines PHI
26 Hadar Rubinstein 17 Israel ISR
27 Virginia Sachero 23 Argentina ARG
28 Chang Hui-Chien 14 Chinese Taipei TPE
29 Kim Jin-Suk 15 South Korea KOR
30 Fenella Ng 16 Hong Kong HKG
31 Karen Slowing-Aceituno 15 Guatemala GUA
32 Blanca Morales 14 Guatemala GUA
33 Sherwite Hafez 17 Egypt EGY
34 Daniela Galassi 16 San Marino SMR
35 Sharon Pickering 16 Fiji FIJ
36 María Lardizábal Honduras HON