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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women'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 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988

Gold: GDR Daniela Hunger
Silver: URS Yelena Dendeberova
Bronze: ROU Noëmi Ildiko Lung


The 1986 World Champion was [Kristin Otto], who won golds in four individual events in Seoul, but skipped this one. In her absence there was no real favorite although in 1988 picking an East German to win was a pretty good bet. And 16-year-old [Daniela Hunger] came through for the gold medal, winning in 2:12.59, the fifth-fastest time ever, and the fastest in four years, which put her third on the all-time performer list. Hunger also won bronze in the 400 IM in Seoul and in Barcelona, would add a bronze in the 200 IM.

The final was led by American [Whitney Hedgepeth] at 100 metres, but she flagged badly and would finish last. Silver went to Soviet [Yelena Dendeberova], silver medalist at the 1986 Worlds behind Otto. The top American was [Mary Wayte], who seemed to have qualified third in prelims, only to be disqualified for an illegal kick on her breaststroke leg.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Daniela Hunger 16 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Yelena Dendeberova 19 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Noëmi Ildiko Lung 20 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Jodie Clatworthy 16 Australia AUS
5 Marianne Muis 20 Netherlands NED
6 Aneta Pătrăşcoiu 20 Romania ROU
7 Lin Li 17 China CHN
8 Whitney Hedgepeth 17 United States USA
9 Mildred Muis 20 Netherlands NED
10 Birgit Lohberg-Schulz 22 West Germany FRG
11 Jean Hill 24 Great Britain GBR
12 Anette Philipsson 23 Sweden SWE
13T Roberta Felotti 23 Italy ITA
13T Anamarija Petričević 16 Yugoslavia YUG
15 Yuliya Bohachova 18 Soviet Union URS
16 Yoshie Nishioka 14 Japan JPN
17 Allison Higson 15 Canada CAN QC
18 Svenja Schlicht 21 West Germany FRG
19 Donna Procter 18 Australia AUS
20 Annette Poulsen 19 Denmark DEN
21 Silvia Parera 19 Spain ESP
22 Hiroyo Harada 18 Japan JPN
23 Zara Long 17 Great Britain GBR
24 Ragnheiður Runólfsdóttir 21 Iceland ISL
25 Manuela Dalla Valle 25 Italy ITA
26 Michelle Smith 18 Ireland IRL
27 Marlene Bruten 19 Mexico MEX
28 Seto Car-Wai 15 Chinese Taipei TPE
29 Patricia Kohlmann 20 Mexico MEX
30 Valentina Aracil 22 Argentina ARG
31 Dipika Chanmugam 16 Sri Lanka SRI
32 Annemarie Munk 14 Hong Kong HKG
33 Kim Chen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE
34 Sharon Pickering 20 Fiji FIJ
35 Angela Birch 14 Fiji FIJ
AC r1/2 Mary Wayte 23 United States USA DQ