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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 23, 1988
Date Finished: September 23, 1988

Gold: HUN József Szabó
Silver: GBR Nick Gillingham
Bronze: ESP Sergio López

Summary

Hungaryian József Szabó was the favorite coming into Seoul, having won the 1986 World Championships and the 1987 Europeans, but he was recovering from knee surgery in December 1987. Szabó had pioneered a new rolling-style “wave-action” breaststroke technique and moved well ahead of his competitors, but others were learning it, notably American Mike Barrowman, almost breaking the world record at the US Olympic Trials in August. Barrowman had been taught it by Szabó’s coach, József Nagy.\n\nThe final started out at sprint pace, led by Soviet [Valery Lozik], but Szabó caught him at the end of the third lap, and Lozik would drop back to fifth. Szabó could not be caught, with silver going to Britain’s Nick Gillingham and bronze to Spain’s unheralded [Sergio López]. Barrowman dropped back to fourth, but would dominate the event over the next quadrennium and win the gold in Barcelona.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 József Szabó 19 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Nick Gillingham 21 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Sergio López 20 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Mike Barrowman 19 United States USA
5 Valeriy Lozik 20 Soviet Union URS
6 Vadim Alekseyev 18 Soviet Union URS
7 Jon Cleveland 17 Canada CAN
8 Péter Szabó 20 Hungary HUN
9 Alexandre Yokochi 23 Portugal POR
10 Shigehiro Takahashi 27 Japan JPN
11 Sidney Appelboom 21 Belgium BEL
12 Radek Beinhauer 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
13 Étienne Dagon 28 Switzerland SUI
14 Cam Grant 18 Canada CAN
15 Alexander Marček 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
16 Cédric Pénicaud 16 France FRA
17 Adrian Moorhouse 24 Great Britain GBR QC
18 Gary O'Toole 20 Ireland IRL
19 Kirk Stackle 20 United States USA
20 Pablo Restrepo 28 Colombia COL
21 Ian McAdam 20 Australia AUS
22 Yun Ju-Il 15 South Korea KOR
23 Javier Careaga 20 Mexico MEX
24 Joaquín Fernández 17 Spain ESP
25 Ron Dekker 22 Netherlands NED
26 Pierre-Yves Eberle 20 Switzerland SUI
27 Christian Poswiat 20 East Germany GDR
28 Luc Van de Vondel 23 Belgium BEL
29 Petri Suominen 17 Finland FIN
30 Hironobu Nagahata 19 Japan JPN
31T Mark Warnecke 18 West Germany FRG
31T Hartmut Wedekind 24 West Germany FRG
33 Tsai Hsin-Yen 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
34 Thomas Böhm 22 Austria AUT
35 Chang Qing 21 China CHN
36 Richard Lockhart 25 New Zealand NZL
37 Eyal Shtigman 25 Israel ISR
38 Jin Fu 23 China CHN
39 Wirmandi Sugriat 17 Indonesia INA
40 Manuel Gutiérrez 23 Panama PAN
41 Jan-Erick Olsen 22 Norway NOR
42 Anthony Beks 21 New Zealand NZL
43 Arnþór Ragnarsson 20 Iceland ISL
44 Cicero Torteli 21 Brazil BRA
45 Nikolaos Fokianos 23 Greece GRE
46 Patrick Concepcion 20 Philippines PHI
47 Ng Yue Meng 18 Singapore SIN
48 Watt Kam Sing 21 Hong Kong HKG
49 Kraig Singleton 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV
50 Quách Hoài Nam 18 Vietnam VIE
51 Amine El-Domyati 26 Lebanon LIB
52 Obaid Al-Rumaithi 16 United Arab Emirates UAE
AC r1/2 Christian Toft 19 Denmark DEN DQ
AC r1/2 David Leblanc 20 France FRA DQ