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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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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 Heike Friedrich
Silver: CRC Silvia Poll
Bronze: GDR Manuela Stellmach

Summary

East German [Heike Friedrich] was the prohibitive favorite. She had won the 1986 World Championships in the current world record of 1:57.55, and was also 1987 European Champion. The only suspense seemed to be how big her margin would be and if she could better her record. The final was led early by the defending champion, American Mary Wayte, trailed by her teammate, Mitzi Kremer. But Friedrich took control on the third lap, winning in 1:57.65, just off her world mark, with Silvia Poll placing second, which was the first Olympic medal ever won by a Costa Rican athlete. In 1996, her sister, Claudia Poll, would win this event for the first gold medal ever for Costa Rica. The bronze medal went to Friedrich’s teammate, Manuela Stellmach. The Americans fell back on the final laps, with Wayte placing fourth and Kremer sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Heike Friedrich 18 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Silvia Poll 17 Costa Rica CRC Silver
3 Manuela Stellmach 18 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Mary Wayte 23 United States USA
5 Nataliya Trefilova 17 Soviet Union URS
6 Mitzi Kremer 20 United States USA
7 Stephanie Ortwig 15 West Germany FRG
8 Cécile Prunier 19 France FRA
9 Patricia Noall 18 Canada CAN
10 Ruth Gilfillan 21 Great Britain GBR
11 Mette Jacobsen 15 Denmark DEN
12 Luminiţa Dobrescu 17 Romania ROU
13 Stela Marian Pura 17 Romania ROU
14 Chikako Nakamori 21 Japan JPN
15 Birgit Lohberg-Schulz 22 West Germany FRG
16 Zhuang Yong 16 China CHN
17 Diane van der Plaats 17 Netherlands NED
18T Isabelle Arnould 17 Belgium BEL
18T Suzanne Nilsson 21 Sweden SWE
20 Sheridan Burge-Lopez 18 Australia AUS
21 June Croft 25 Great Britain GBR
22 Karin Brienesse 19 Netherlands NED
23 Silvia Persi 22 Italy ITA
24 Annette Moldrup Jørgensen 22 Denmark DEN
25 Patricia Amorim 19 Brazil BRA
26 Susie Baumer 22 Australia AUS
27 Nurul Huda Ch' Su-Lin 16 Malaysia MAS
28 Jane Kerr 20 Canada CAN
29 Kaori Sasaki 17 Japan JPN
30 Senda Gharbi 21 Tunisia TUN
31 Karen Dieffenthaler 20 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
32 Bryndís Ólafsdóttir 19 Iceland ISL
33 Rita Garay 17 Puerto Rico PUR
34 Natasha Aguilar 18 Costa Rica CRC
35 Patricia Kohlmann 20 Mexico MEX
36 Fenella Ng 20 Hong Kong HKG
37 Kim Eun-Jeong 15 South Korea KOR
38 Chang Hui-Chien 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
39 Park Ju-Ri 17 South Korea KOR
40 Qian Hong 17 China CHN
41 Catherine Fogarty 17 Zimbabwe ZIM
42 Hung Cee Kay 16 Hong Kong HKG
43 Angela Birch 14 Fiji FIJ
44 Cina Munch 17 Fiji FIJ