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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 22, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988

Gold: USA Matt Biondi
Silver: USA Chris Jacobs
Bronze: FRA Stéphan Caron

Summary

Matt Biondi came to Seoul attempting to equal Mark Spitz’s 1972 effort of winning seven gold medals, but that attempt went awry in his first individual race, the 100 fly, when he finished second. However the 100 free was Biondi’s best race, as he had dominated it since 1985 and held the 10 fastest times in history coming into Seoul. In the final he went out in 23.21, ahead of his world record split of 23.25. He did not finish as strongly as he had at the US Trials when he set the record, but came home in 48.63, the second fastest time ever to win the gold medal.

Behind Biondi, American Chris Jacobs placed second in 49.08, the fastest non-Biondi time in history. In 1986 no one would have expected this as Jacobs was in the throes of cocaine addiction and entered rehab that year. Jacobs had first started doing drugs when he was only 12, but set age-group swim records despite his use. At the University of Texas he became a heavy drug user, and dropped out of school and swimming in his junior year. The Texas coach, Eddie Reese, called his parents and two days later Jacob’s father arrived at his room in Texas to take him home. He told his parents everything, and they then enrolled him at the Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, a rehabilitation facility. Two years later Chris Jacobs stood on the podium in Seoul, an Olympic medalist.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Matt Biondi 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Chris Jacobs 23 United States USA Silver
3 Stéphan Caron 22 France FRA Bronze
4 Gennady Prigoda 23 Soviet Union URS
5 Iurie Başcatov 20 Soviet Union URS
6 Andrew Baildon 17 Australia AUS
7 Per Johansson 25 Sweden SWE
8 Tom Werner 22 Sweden SWE
9 Tom Stachewicz 22 Australia AUS
10 Sandy Goss 21 Canada CAN
11 Stéfan Voléry 27 Switzerland SUI
12 Sven Lodziewski 23 East Germany GDR
13 Franz Mortensen 24 Denmark DEN
14 Thomas Fahrner 25 West Germany FRG
15 Tsvetan Golomeev 27 Bulgaria BUL
16 Hilton Woods 20 Netherlands Antilles AHO
17 Steffen Zesner 20 East Germany GDR QC
18 Roberto Gleria 19 Italy ITA
19 Torsten Wiegel 21 West Germany FRG
20 Christophe Kalfayan 19 France FRA
21 Andy Jameson 23 Great Britain GBR
22 Roland Lee 24 Great Britain GBR
23 Dano Halsall 25 Switzerland SUI
24 Manuel Guzmán 18 Puerto Rico PUR
25 Peter Rohde 23 Denmark DEN
26 Petr Kladiva 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
27 Shen Jianqiang 23 China CHN
28 Rodrigo González 20 Mexico MEX
29 Hans Kroes 23 Netherlands NED
30 Patrick Dybiona 25 Netherlands NED
31 Magnús Ólafsson 21 Iceland ISL
32 Shigeo Ogata 19 Japan JPN
33 Jorge Luiz Leite 26 Brazil BRA
34 Jean-Marie Arnould 22 Belgium BEL
35 Yves Clausse 19 Luxembourg LUX
36 Ross Anderson 19 New Zealand NZL
37 Emanuel Fortes 18 Brazil BRA
38 Feng Qiangbiao 23 China CHN
39 Carlos Scanavino 24 Uruguay URU
40 Ang Peng Siong 25 Singapore SIN
41 Markus Opatril 23 Austria AUT
42 Mihály Richárd Bodor 26 Hungary HUN
43 Oon Jin Gee 21 Singapore SIN
44 Murat Tahir 24 Turkey TUR
45 Moustafa Amer 21 Egypt EGY
46 Vaughan Smith 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
47 Richard Sam Bera 16 Indonesia INA
48 Garvin Ferguson 20 Bahamas BAH
49 Michael Wright 22 Hong Kong HKG
50 Li Khai Kam 22 Hong Kong HKG
51 René Concepcion 19 Philippines PHI
52 Hakan Eskioğlu 17 Turkey TUR
53 Jonathan Sakovich 18 Guam GUM
54 Hans Foerster 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV
55 Gwon Sang-Won 19 South Korea KOR
56 Ignacio Escamilla 30 Mexico MEX
57 Song Gwang-Seon 18 South Korea KOR
58 Ronald Pickard 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
59 Mouhamed Diop 24 Senegal SEN
60 Graham Thompson 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
61 Paul Yelle 24 Barbados BAR
62 Pedro Lima 17 Angola ANG
63 Chiang Chi-Li 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
64 Plutarco Castellanos 17 Honduras HON
65 Hasan Al-Shammari 21 Kuwait KUW
66 Warren Sorby 23 Fiji FIJ
67 Sergio Fafitine 19 Mozambique MOZ
68 Pablo Barahona 18 Honduras HON
69 Michele Piva 23 San Marino SMR
70 Jason Chute 16 Fiji FIJ
71 Filippo Piva 21 San Marino SMR
72 Mohamed Bin Abid 19 United Arab Emirates UAE
73 Ahmad Faraj 22 United Arab Emirates UAE
74 Trevor Ncala 23 Swaziland SWZ
75 Émile Lahoud 13 Lebanon LIB
76 Yul Mark Du Pont 17 Swaziland SWZ
AC r1/2 Stefan Opatril 21 Austria AUT DQ