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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 19, 1988

Gold: USA Janet Evans
Silver: ROU Noëmi Ildiko Lung
Bronze: GDR Daniela Hunger

Summary

Kathleen Nord (GDR) had won the 1986 World Championships, but the leader on the 1987 world list was young Romanian Nöemi Ildiko Lung. Lung was an unknown quantity, out much of early 1988 with a sinus infection. However the favorite was American Janet Evans, who was the leader on the 1988 world list, and had been World Swimmer of the Year in 1987, winning this event at the Pan Pacs.

The final began with a false start and then the opening butterfly leg was led by Nord, with Evans in almost a dead-heat for second. But Evans powered through the backstroke, opening up five full seconds on Nord, and leading second-placed Lung by over a second. She would increase her lead on the final two legs, winning over Lung by almost two seconds. Nord finished only fifth, as the bronze was won by her teammate, Daniela Hunger, who would later win the 200 IM in Seoul.

Evans would eventually win three gold medals in Seoul, adding the 400 and 800 freestyles. She would not repeat as World Swimmer of the Year, that honor going to Kristin Otto, based on her six gold medals, but Evans would win it again in 1989 and 1990.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Janet Evans 17 United States USA Gold
2 Noëmi Ildiko Lung 20 Romania ROU Silver
3 Daniela Hunger 16 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Yelena Dendeberova 19 Soviet Union URS
5 Kathleen Nord 22 East Germany GDR
6 Jodie Clatworthy 16 Australia AUS
7 Lin Li 17 China CHN
8 Donna Procter 18 Australia AUS
9 Roberta Felotti 23 Italy ITA
10 Birgit Lohberg-Schulz 22 West Germany FRG
11 Erika Hansen 18 United States USA
12 Antoaneta Strumenlieva 20 Bulgaria BUL
13 Anette Philipsson 23 Sweden SWE
14 Christine Magnier 19 France FRA
15 Annette Poulsen 19 Denmark DEN
16 Yan Ming 18 China CHN
17 Anamarija Petričević 16 Yugoslavia YUG
18 Suki Brownsdon 22 Great Britain GBR
19 Yoshie Nishioka 14 Japan JPN
20 Marianne Muis 20 Netherlands NED
21 Mildred Muis 20 Netherlands NED
22 Irene Dalby 17 Norway NOR
23 Hiroyo Harada 18 Japan JPN
24 Tracey Atkin 17 Great Britain GBR
25 Michelle Smith 18 Ireland IRL
26 Marlene Bruten 19 Mexico MEX
27 Chang Hui-Chien 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
28 Valentina Aracil 22 Argentina ARG
29 Annemarie Munk 14 Hong Kong HKG
30 Kim Chen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE