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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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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: GDR Kristin Otto
Silver: GDR Birte Weigang
Bronze: CHN Qian Hong


Madame Butterfly was back – [Mary T. Meagher]. Mary T. had dominated butterfly swimming from 1979 through the 1984 Olympics, setting a world record of 57.93 in this event at the 1981 US Nationals, a mark that would last until 1999. But she was no longer the dominant swimmer she had been in her prime, although she had won the 200 fly at the 1986 World Championship.

The best female swimmer in Seoul was East German [Kristin Otto]. She had already won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and added a third gold in the freestyle relay. In this event she would add another gold, making her four-for-four. Her time of 59.00 was the second fastest ever in the event, but over a full second behind Meagher’s world record. Meagher was not a factor, placing seventh in the final. She would manage a bronze in the 200 butterfly two days later in Seoul and then retire after the 1988 Olympics. Silver in the event went to Otto’s teammate [Birte Weigang], who would also win silver in the 200 fly in 1988. The bronze medalist, [Qian Hong] of China, would return in four years and win the gold medal in Barcelona.

Otto would end the Seoul Olympics with six gold medals in six events, a record for women in the Olympics in any sport. She is the only swimmer to win golds in three different strokes at the Olympic Games.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kristin Otto 22 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Birte Weigang 20 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Qian Hong 17 China CHN Bronze
4 Catherine Plewinski 20 France FRA
5 Janel Jorgensen 17 United States USA
6 Conny van Bentum 23 Netherlands NED
7 Mary T. Meagher 23 United States USA
8 Wang Xiaohong 19 China CHN
9 Svitlana Kopchykova 21 Soviet Union URS
10 Kiyomi Takahashi 22 Japan JPN
11 Jacqueline Delord 18 France FRA
12 Nevyana Miteva 18 Bulgaria BUL
13 Fiona Alessandri 20 Australia AUS
14 Takayo Kitano 16 Japan JPN
15 Gabi Reha 23 West Germany FRG
16 Ilaria Tocchini 21 Italy ITA
17 María Luisa Fernández 19 Spain ESP
18 Caroline Foot 23 Great Britain GBR
19 Ina Beyermann 23 West Germany FRG
20 Jane Kerr 20 Canada CAN
21 Annabelle Cripps 20 Great Britain GBR
22 Agneta Eriksson 23 Sweden SWE
23 Andrea Nugent 19 Canada CAN
24T Emanuela Viola 16 Italy ITA
24T Stela Marian Pura 17 Romania ROU
26 Lee Hong-Mi 17 South Korea KOR
27 Sandra Neves 19 Portugal POR
28 Blanca Morales 18 Guatemala GUA
29 Marlene Bruten 19 Mexico MEX
30 Kim Su-Jin 14 South Korea KOR
31 Hung Cee Kay 16 Hong Kong HKG
32 Chang Hui-Chien 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
33 Marcela Cuesta 16 Costa Rica CRC
34 Nguyễn Kiều Oanh 19 Vietnam VIE
35 Ana Fortin 16 Honduras HON
36 Annemarie Munk 14 Hong Kong HKG
37 Sharon Pickering 20 Fiji FIJ
38 Cina Munch 17 Fiji FIJ
39 Elsa Freire 14 Angola ANG
40 Barbara Gayle 15 Guam GUM