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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 19, 1988

Gold: GBR Adrian Moorhouse
Silver: HUN Károly Güttler
Bronze: URS Dmitry Volkov

Summary

This was an event that had had no dominant swimmer since the Los Angeles Olympics, but Britain’s Adrian Moorhouse was considered a slight favorite, and also felt that he was owed something, after placing fourth in 1984. In the ensuing four years he had won the golds at the 1985 and 1987 Commonwealth Games (in the 200 in 1987), and at the 1987 Europeans. At the 1986 Worlds he had touched first but was later disqualified. His challengers were expected to be Canada’s Victor Davis, the eventual 1986 World Champion and Soviet Dmitry Volkov, runner-up at the 1987 Europeans to Moorhouse, and bronze medalist at the 1986 Worlds. But Volkov was recovering from a cut to his hand two months prior to Seoul and had missed a month of training.\n\nThis was the first men’s final of the 1988 Olympics, and Moorhouse did not start well, turning in sixth place, as Volkov had a big lead. Then Moorhouse came on and at the end he knew it was close between him and Volkov, and wasn’t certain he had won. He had, but Volkov was third, as Moorhouse had outtouched Hungary’s Károly Güttler by only 1/100th of a second. Nobody had heard of Güttler, who was ecstatic just to get a medal, but in 1993 he would set a world record in this event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adrian Moorhouse 24 Great Britain GBR Gold
2 Károly Güttler 20 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Dmitry Volkov 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Victor Davis 24 Canada CAN
5 Tamás Debnár 17 Hungary HUN
6 Rich Schroeder 26 United States USA
7 Gianni Minervini 21 Italy ITA
8 Christian Poswiat 20 East Germany GDR
9 Aleksey Matveyev 17 Soviet Union URS
10 Ron Dekker 22 Netherlands NED
11 Mark Warnecke 18 West Germany FRG
12 Alexander Mayer 21 West Germany FRG
13 Hironobu Nagahata 19 Japan JPN
14 Petri Suominen 17 Finland FIN
15 Daniel Watters 17 United States USA
16 Chen Jianhong 19 China CHN
17 James Parrack 21 Great Britain GBR
18 Kenji Watanabe 19 Japan JPN
19 Pablo Restrepo 28 Colombia COL
20 Raik Hannemann 20 East Germany GDR
21 Pierre-Yves Eberle 20 Switzerland SUI
22T Ian McAdam 20 Australia AUS
22T David Leblanc 20 France FRA
24 Tsai Hsin-Yen 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
25 Radek Beinhauer 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
26 Yun Ju-Il 15 South Korea KOR
27 Étienne Dagon 28 Switzerland SUI
28 Alexander Marček 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
29 Thomas Böhm 22 Austria AUT
30 Jin Fu 23 China CHN
31 Cam Grant 18 Canada CAN
32 Joaquín Fernández 17 Spain ESP
33 Sidney Appelboom 21 Belgium BEL
34 Gary O'Toole 20 Ireland IRL
35 Javier Careaga 20 Mexico MEX
36 Cédric Pénicaud 16 France FRA
37 Cicero Torteli 21 Brazil BRA
38 Jan-Erick Olsen 22 Norway NOR
39 Anthony Beks 21 New Zealand NZL
40 Alexandre Yokochi 23 Portugal POR
41 Ng Yue Meng 18 Singapore SIN
42 Eyal Shtigman 25 Israel ISR
43 Sergio López 20 Spain ESP
44 Wirmandi Sugriat 17 Indonesia INA
45 Luc Van de Vondel 23 Belgium BEL
46 Richard Lockhart 25 New Zealand NZL
47 Nikolaos Fokianos 23 Greece GRE
48 Lars Sørensen 20 Denmark DEN
49 Manuel Gutiérrez 23 Panama PAN
50 Patrick Concepcion 20 Philippines PHI
51 Arnþór Ragnarsson 20 Iceland ISL
52 Watt Kam Sing 21 Hong Kong HKG
53 Victor Ruberry 29 Bermuda BER
54 Quách Hoài Nam 18 Vietnam VIE
55 Kraig Singleton 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV
56 Michele Piva 23 San Marino SMR
57 Amine El-Domyati 26 Lebanon LIB
58 Bazlur Mohamed Rahman 28 Bangladesh BAN
59 Gaspar Fragata 16 Angola ANG
60 Obaid Al-Rumaithi 16 United Arab Emirates UAE
61 Vivaldo Fernandes 17 Angola ANG