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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 25, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: HUN Tamás Darnyi
Silver: GDR Patrick Kühl
Bronze: URS Vadym Yaroshchuk

Summary

Tamás Darnyi (HUN) had been the best individual medleyer since 1985 and had already won the 400 IM in Seoul. In that race he had easily defeated American silver medalist [David Wharton], considered to be his biggest competition. It was expected they would duel again in the 200 but Wharton inexplicably did not qualify for the final, leaving Darnyi with no real competition. In the final he did not take the lead early. The butterfly opener was led by Soviet [Vadim Yaroshchuk], with East German Patrick Kühl taking over on the second leg, the backstroke. The three were close at 150, with Yaroshchuk leading and Darnyi in third place, but Darnyi’s freestyle put the gold medal away, as he won by almost 1½ seconds. Kühl passed Yaroshchuk on the final lap for silver.\n\nDarnyi had won the 200/400 IM double. Four years later, in Seoul, he would win the two events again, becoming only the second man, after East German Roland Matthes in the 1968/72 backstroke events, to double-double in a stroke or specialty. This would later be repeated in the IMs by Ukrainian [Iana Klochkova] in 2000-04.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tamás Darnyi 21 Hungary HUN Gold WR
2 Patrick Kühl 20 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Vadym Yaroshchuk 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Mikhail Zubkov 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Peter Bermel 21 West Germany FRG
6 Robert Bruce 19 Australia AUS
7 Raik Hannemann 20 East Germany GDR
8 Gary Anderson 19 Canada CAN
9 Dave Wharton 19 United States USA
10 John Davey 23 Great Britain GBR
11 Neil Cochran 23 Great Britain GBR
12 Christophe Bordeau 20 France FRA
13 Luca Sacchi 20 Italy ITA
14 Kharalambos Papanikolaou 19 Greece GRE
15 Jens-Peter Berndt 25 West Germany FRG
16 Bill Stapleton 23 United States USA
17 Rob Woodhouse 22 Australia AUS
18 Roberto Cassio 20 Italy ITA
19 Takahiro Fujimoto 18 Japan JPN
20 Gary O'Toole 20 Ireland IRL
21 Darren Ward 19 Canada CAN
22 Satoshi Takeda 20 Japan JPN
23 József Szabó 19 Hungary HUN
24 Javier Careaga 20 Mexico MEX
25 Rodrigo González 20 Mexico MEX
26 Júlio López 21 Brazil BRA
27 Eðvarð Þór Eðvarðsson 21 Iceland ISL
28 Diogo Madeira 18 Portugal POR
29 Renato Ramalho 21 Brazil BRA
30 René Concepcion 19 Philippines PHI
31T Xie Jun 19 China CHN
31T Martín López-Zubero 19 Spain ESP
33 Sidney Appelboom 21 Belgium BEL
34 David Lim 22 Singapore SIN
35 Lee Jae-Su 20 South Korea KOR
36 Sergio López 20 Spain ESP
37 Richard Sam Bera 16 Indonesia INA
38 Wirmandi Sugriat 17 Indonesia INA
39 Hakan Eskioğlu 17 Turkey TUR
40 Yip Hor Man 18 Hong Kong HKG
41 Desmond Koh 15 Singapore SIN
42 Sultan Al-Otaibi 18 Kuwait KUW
43 Eric Greenwood 21 Costa Rica CRC
44 Horst Niehaus 20 Costa Rica CRC
45 Jonathan Sakovich 18 Guam GUM
46 Kraig Singleton 16 United States Virgin Islands ISV
47 Graham Thompson 24 Zimbabwe ZIM
48 Arthur Li 16 Hong Kong HKG
49 Tsai Hsin-Yen 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
50 Vaughan Smith 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
51 Chiang Chi-Li 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
52 Mouhamed Diop 24 Senegal SEN
53 Mohamed Bin Abid 19 United Arab Emirates UAE
54 Bruno N'Diaye 19 Senegal SEN
55 Mohamed Abdullah United Arab Emirates UAE
56 Rami Kantari 25 Lebanon LIB