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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988

Gold: FRG Michael Groß
Silver: DEN Benny Nielsen
Bronze: NZL Anthony Mosse

Summary

Michael Groß had dominated the 200 fly since 1981, losing only one big race, and that was the 1984 Olympics in which he silvered behind Australian Jon Sieben. But Seoul had been a struggle for him before this race, as he had finished fifth in both the 200 free and 100 fly, events he had won in Los Angeles. In the final, he made certain that streak would end. He took the lead on the first lap and kept opening it up, eventually winning by over a second from Denmark’s [Benny Nielsen], who was only fourth at 150 but came on strong for silver. New Zealand’s Anthony Mosse had been second to Groß at 150, but fell back slightly, stilling winning a bronze medal. This was the final individual Olympic event for Michael Groß. He ended his Olympic career with six medals and three Olympic gold medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Michael Groß 24 West Germany FRG Gold OR
2 Benny Nielsen 22 Denmark DEN Silver
3 Anthony Mosse 23 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Tom Ponting 23 Canada CAN
5 Mel Stewart 19 United States USA
6 David Wilson 21 Australia AUS
7 Jon Kelly 22 Canada CAN
8 Anthony Nesty 20 Suriname SUR
9 Mark Dean 20 United States USA
10 Tim Jones 21 Great Britain GBR
11 Vadym Yaroshchuk 22 Soviet Union URS
12 Nick Hodgson 23 Great Britain GBR
13 Christophe Bordeau 20 France FRA
14 Frank Drost 25 Netherlands NED
15 Satoshi Takeda 20 Japan JPN
16 Martin Roberts 22 Australia AUS
17 Rafał Szukała 17 Poland POL
18 Reinhold Leitner 22 Austria AUT
19 Hiroshi Miura 22 Japan JPN
20 Ross Anderson 19 New Zealand NZL
21 Martin Herrmann 18 West Germany FRG
22 Ondřej Bureš 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 Jan Larsen 20 Denmark DEN
24 José Luis Ballester 19 Spain ESP
25 Jean-Marie Arnould 22 Belgium BEL
26T Diogo Madeira 18 Portugal POR
26T Christer Wallin 19 Sweden SWE
28 Khazan Singh Tokas 24 India IND
29 João Santos 24 Portugal POR
30 Zhan Jiang 20 China CHN
31 Ahmed Abdullah 20 Egypt EGY
32 Joseph Buhain 18 Philippines PHI
33 Théophile David 24 Switzerland SUI
34 Eduardo Poli 19 Brazil BRA
35 Park Yeong-Cheol 19 South Korea KOR
36 Emanuel Fortes 18 Brazil BRA
37 Desmond Koh 15 Singapore SIN
38 Sultan Al-Otaibi 18 Kuwait KUW
39 William Cleveland 22 United States Virgin Islands ISV
40 Kristan Singleton 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV