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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 20, 1988
Date Finished: September 21, 1988

Gold: GDR Silke Hörner
Silver: CHN Huang Xiaomin
Bronze: BUL Antoaneta Frenkeva

Summary

The gold medal favorite was East German Silke Hörner who was the 1986 World Champion, the 1987 European Champion, and had set two world records in the event. But in May, at the Canadian trials, Allison Higson broke Hörner’s world record with 2:27.27. She was somewhat of an unknown factor as she had never beaten the East Germans head on, and was only 16th in the world in 1987. In the prelims Hörner confirmed her fitness, leading in 2:27.63, within ½-second of Higson’s world mark, while Higson qualified fourth.

In the final, the pace through 100 metres was set by Bulgarian [Tanya Dangalakova], who was recovering from having a baby in June 1987, and having surgery related to it in October 1987. But then Hörner took over, winning in a world record 2:26.71, well ahead of China’s Huang Xiaomin. Dangalakova could not hang on, placing fourth, also behind her teammate [Antoaneta Frenkova], but she would recover and win the 100 breast in a few days, upsetting Hörner. Higson was never a factor in this race, placing seventh.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Silke Hörner 23 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Huang Xiaomin 18 China CHN Silver
3 Antoaneta Frenkeva 17 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Tanya Bogomilova-Dangalakova 24 Bulgaria BUL
5 Yuliya Bohachova 18 Soviet Union URS
6 Ingrid Lempereur 19 Belgium BEL
7 Allison Higson 15 Canada CAN
8 Manuela Dalla Valle 25 Italy ITA
9 Susanne Börnike 20 East Germany GDR
10 Svetlana Kuzmina 19 Soviet Union URS
11 Linda Moes 16 Netherlands NED
12 Annalisa Nisiro 15 Italy ITA
13 Susan Rapp 23 United States USA
14 Tracey McFarlane 22 United States USA
15 Guylaine Cloutier 16 Canada CAN
16 Brigitte Becue 15 Belgium BEL
17 Britta Dahm 19 West Germany FRG
18 Silvia Parera 19 Spain ESP
19 Yoshie Nishioka 14 Japan JPN
20 Suki Brownsdon 22 Great Britain GBR
21 Kornelia Stawicka 15 Poland POL
22 Virginie Bojaryn 17 France FRA
23 Hiroko Nagasaki 20 Japan JPN
24 Karen Horning 21 Peru PER
25 Pia Sørensen 21 Denmark DEN
26 Pascaline Louvrier 16 France FRA
27 Ragnheiður Runólfsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
28 Dorota Chylak 21 Poland POL
29 Park Seong-Won 16 South Korea KOR
30 Lara Hooiveld 17 Australia AUS
31 Nancy Arendt-Kemp 19 Luxembourg LUX
32 Anamarija Petričević 16 Yugoslavia YUG
33 Helen Frank 17 Great Britain GBR
34 Heike Esser 15 West Germany FRG
35 Seto Car-Wai 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
36 Patricia Brülhart 20 Switzerland SUI
37 Montserrat Hidalgo 20 Costa Rica CRC
38 Sigrid Niehaus 23 Costa Rica CRC
39 Alicia María Boscatto 28 Argentina ARG
40 Chen Huiling 17 China CHN
41 Kim Chen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
42 Dipika Chanmugam 16 Sri Lanka SRI
AC r1/2 Valentina Aracil 22 Argentina ARG DQ