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Men's 200 metres Freestyle

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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: AUS Duncan Armstrong
Silver: SWE Anders Holmertz
Bronze: USA Matt Biondi

Summary

In 1984 Australian Jon Sieben, swimming in lane six, had won the 200 butterfly in a big upset over West German Michael Groß. When Australia’s Duncan Armstrong won this event in Seoul in the world record time of 1:47.25, his coach, Laurie Lawrence, shouted out, “That’s right, mate! Lucky lane 6!” Armstrong’s victory was one of the biggest upsets in Seoul, as he came into the Olympics ranked 46th in the world, after ranking 25th in 1987.\n\nThere were several contenders considered before the race, but Armstrong was not among them. Sweden’s Anders Holmertz had won the 1987 Europeans, while Groß was the 1986 World Champoin. Groß still held the world record, set when he won the 1984 Olympic gold medal. American Matt Biondi was formidable, but he was slightly better in the sprints. The fastest time in the prelims was set by Poland’s Artur Wojdat. In the final, Armstrong lined up next to Biondi in lane five. Armstrong swam as close to Biondi’s lane marker as he could, drafting in his wake for the first 100 metres. Biondi led at 150 with Holmertz second, but Armstrong came home the fastest for the gold medal, Holmertz in second and Biondi dropping back to bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Duncan Armstrong 20 Australia AUS Gold WR
2 Anders Holmertz 19 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Matt Biondi 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Artur Wojdat 20 Poland POL
5 Michael Groß 24 West Germany FRG
6 Steffen Zesner 20 East Germany GDR
7 Troy Dalbey 19 United States USA
8 Thomas Fahrner 25 West Germany FRG
9 Roberto Gleria 19 Italy ITA
10 Thomas Flemming 21 East Germany GDR
11 Tom Stachewicz 22 Australia AUS
12 Aleksey Kuznetsov 19 Soviet Union URS
13 Franz Mortensen 24 Denmark DEN
14 Mariusz Podkościelny 20 Poland POL
15 Shigeo Ogata 19 Japan JPN
16 Paul Howe 23 Great Britain GBR
17 Stéphan Caron 22 France FRA
18 Giorgio Lamberti 19 Italy ITA
19 Carlos Scanavino 24 Uruguay URU
20 Alberto Bottini 21 Switzerland SUI
21 Tom Werner 22 Sweden SWE
22 Iurie Başcatov 20 Soviet Union URS
23 Cristiano Michelena 17 Brazil BRA
24 Patrick Dybiona 25 Netherlands NED
25 Stéfan Voléry 27 Switzerland SUI
26 Rodrigo González 20 Mexico MEX
27 Michael Green 24 Great Britain GBR
28T Daniel Serra 20 Spain ESP
28T Magnús Ólafsson 21 Iceland ISL
30 Júlio López 21 Brazil BRA
31 Jan Larsen 20 Denmark DEN
32 Ignacio Escamilla 30 Mexico MEX
33 Jean-Marie Arnould 22 Belgium BEL
34 Zoltán Szilágyi 21 Hungary HUN
35 Ludovic Dépickère 19 France FRA
36 Salvador Vassallo 20 Puerto Rico PUR
37 Norbert Ágh 18 Hungary HUN
38 Yves Clausse 19 Luxembourg LUX
39 Xie Jun 19 China CHN
40 René Concepcion 19 Philippines PHI
41 Alexander Placheta 20 Austria AUT
42 Vaughan Smith 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
43 David Lim 22 Singapore SIN
44 Joseph Buhain 18 Philippines PHI
45 Gwon Sang-Won 19 South Korea KOR
46 Oon Jin Gee 21 Singapore SIN
47 Moustafa Amer 21 Egypt EGY
48 Richard Sam Bera 16 Indonesia INA
49 Jonathan Sakovich 18 Guam GUM
50 Stephen Cullen 17 Ireland IRL
51 Arthur Li 16 Hong Kong HKG
52 Hakan Eskioğlu 17 Turkey TUR
53 Jeffrey Ong 16 Malaysia MAS
54 Gwon Sun-Geun 19 South Korea KOR
55 Wu Ming-Hsun 20 Chinese Taipei TPE
56 Tsang Yi Ming 22 Hong Kong HKG
57 Richard Gheel 19 Ireland IRL
58 Hans Foerster 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV
59 Kristan Singleton 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV
60 Jason Chute 16 Fiji FIJ
61 Mohamed Bin Abid 19 United Arab Emirates UAE
62 Ahmad Faraj 22 United Arab Emirates UAE
63 Émile Lahoud 13 Lebanon LIB