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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 100 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: BUL Tanya Bogomilova-Dangalakova
Silver: BUL Antoaneta Frenkeva
Bronze: GDR Silke Hörner

Summary

After the 1986 World Championships, Bulgaria’s [Tanya Dangalakova] took a year off from competition, giving birth to a daughter, Anna, born in June 1987. She required further surgery in October 1987, and was hoping just to win a medal in Seoul, as the gold medal in the 100 breast was conceded to East German Silke Hörner, who had already won the 200 breaststroke in world record time, with Dangalakova fourth. In qualifying Dangalakova and Hörner tied for the best time with 1:08.35. Dangalakova realized that the prelims had felt easy and actually predicted that she could break the world record in the final.

That was not to be, but she did win the gold medal. Hörner led the final at 50 metres in world record pace, but Dangalakova was on her shoulder, and the Bulgarian had much more left, coming home for gold in 1:07.95, the second fastest time ever, behind Hörner’s world record. Dangalakova’s teammate [Antoaneta Frenkova] also finished strongly and passed Hörner for the silver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tanya Bogomilova-Dangalakova 24 Bulgaria BUL Gold OR
2 Antoaneta Frenkeva 17 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Silke Hörner 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Allison Higson 15 Canada CAN
5 Yelena Volkova 20 Soviet Union URS
6 Tracey McFarlane 22 United States USA
7 Huang Xiaomin 18 China CHN
8 Annett Rex 18 East Germany GDR
9 Svetlana Kuzmina 19 Soviet Union URS
10 Keltie Duggan 18 Canada CAN
11 Ingrid Lempereur 19 Belgium BEL
12 Manuela Dalla Valle 25 Italy ITA
13 Susan Johnson 19 United States USA
14 Gabriella Csépe 15 Hungary HUN
15 Lara Hooiveld 17 Australia AUS
16 Suki Brownsdon 22 Great Britain GBR
17 Linda Moes 16 Netherlands NED
18 Park Seong-Won 16 South Korea KOR
19 Dorota Chylak 21 Poland POL
20 Maggie Kelly-Hohmann 31 Great Britain GBR
21 Brigitte Becue 15 Belgium BEL
22 Britta Dahm 19 West Germany FRG
23 Ragnheiður Runólfsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
24 Pascaline Louvrier 16 France FRA
25 Yoshie Nishioka 14 Japan JPN
26 Virginie Bojaryn 17 France FRA
27 Chen Huiling 17 China CHN
28 Karen Horning 21 Peru PER
29 Nancy Arendt-Kemp 19 Luxembourg LUX
30 Patricia Brülhart 20 Switzerland SUI
31 Kornelia Stawicka 15 Poland POL
32 Seto Car-Wai 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
33 Alicia María Boscatto 28 Argentina ARG
34 Hiroko Nagasaki 20 Japan JPN
35 Sigrid Niehaus 23 Costa Rica CRC
36 Montserrat Hidalgo 20 Costa Rica CRC
37 Valentina Aracil 22 Argentina ARG
38 Dipika Chanmugam 16 Sri Lanka SRI
39 Kim Chen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
40 Katerine Moreno 14 Bolivia BOL
41 Ana Martins 16 Angola ANG
42 Nádia Cruz 13 Angola ANG