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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 1992

Gold: CAN Mark Tewksbury
Silver: USA Jeff Rouse
Bronze: USA Dave Berkoff

Summary

Swimming rules for backstroke were slightly different in 1992, as no hand touch was required at the turn, a rule put into effect in March 1991. Jeff Rouse was the heavy favorite, having set the world record in August 1991 at the Pan Pacific meet under the new rule. He was also the 1991 World Champion and had won both backstroke events at the 1991 Pan Pacs. Rouse qualified fastest followed by Canada’s Mark Tewksbury, who had been runner-up to him at the 1991 Worlds, but came into Barcelona with a personal best of only 55.19, far from Rouse’s record 53.93. Rouse started fastest and led at the turn but Tewksbury came back strong, and won gold by a hand touch, 0.06 seconds. Rouse knew his win was an upset, stating, “Realistically, on paper, I shouldn’t have been there.” Rouse would come back a few days later and break his world record on the opening leg of the medley relay final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mark Tewksbury 24 Canada CAN Gold OR
2 Jeff Rouse 21 United States USA Silver
3 Dave Berkoff 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Martín López-Zubero 23 Spain ESP
5 Vladimir Selkov 21 Unified Team EUN
6 Franck Schott 22 France FRA
7 Rodolfo Falcón 19 Cuba CUB
8 Dirk Richter 27 Germany GER
9 Yasuhiro Vandewalle 22 Belgium BEL
10 Stefaan Maene 20 Belgium BEL
11 Tino Weber 22 Germany GER
12 Hajime Itoi 21 Japan JPN
13 Tamás Deutsch 22 Hungary HUN
14 Carlos Ventosa 21 Spain ESP
15 Georgi Mikhalev 24 Bulgaria BUL
16 Emanuele Merisi 19 Italy ITA
17 Manuel Guzmán 22 Puerto Rico PUR
18 Raymond Brown 23 Canada CAN
19 Tom Stachewicz 26 Australia AUS
20 Ilmar Ojase 19 Estonia EST
21 Rogério Romero 22 Brazil BRA
22 Derya Büyükuncu 16 Turkey TUR
23 Stefano Battistelli 22 Italy ITA
24T Rastislav Bizub 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
24T Martin Harris 23 Great Britain GBR
26 Marcel Blažo 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
27 Keita Soraoka 20 Japan JPN
28 Eran Groumi 22 Israel ISR
29 Alejandro Alvizuri 24 Peru PER
30 Adam Ruckwood 17 Great Britain GBR
31 Lin Laijiu 24 China CHN
32 Seddon Keyter 21 South Africa RSA
33 Simon Percy 21 New Zealand NZL
34 Dragomir Markov 21 Bulgaria BUL
35 Sebastián Lasave 21 Argentina ARG
36 David Holderbach 21 France FRA
37 Rudi Dollmayer 26 Sweden SWE
38 Ricardo Busquets 27 Puerto Rico PUR
39 Thomas Sopp 20 Norway NOR
40 Ji Sang-Jun 18 South Korea KOR
41 Olivér Ágh 17 Hungary HUN
42 Miguel Arrobas 18 Portugal POR
43 Raymond Papa Philippines PHI
44 Leo Najera 21 Philippines PHI
45 Toby Haenen 18 Australia AUS
46 Patrick Sagisi 20 Guam GUM
47 Marcos Prono 17 Paraguay PAR
48 Timothy Eneas 19 Bahamas BAH
49 Salvador Jiménez 18 Honduras HON
50 Carl Probert 16 Fiji FIJ
51 Jarrah Al-Asmawi 21 Kuwait KUW
52 Abdullah Sultan 19 United Arab Emirates UAE