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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: July 26, 1992

Gold: USA Nelson Diebel
Silver: HUN Norbert Rózsa
Bronze: AUS Phil Rogers

Summary

The favorite was Hungary’s Norbert Rózsa, who had set the world record in a prelim at the 1991 European Championships, and later won that event as well as the 1991 World Championships. But in the prelims he showed that he might be off form by qualifying only last with 1:02.25, as the leader was the surprising Russian Dmitry Volkov, with 1:01.74. American Nelson Diebel made it through with 1:01.80, but he was considered only an outside medal contender. His biggest international result as a bronze at the 1991 Pan American Games in the 200 breast, and he had a history in injuries and a wild past.\n\nBut Diebel overcame all that. In the final the leaders at the turn were the Unified Team’s Volkov and Vasily Ivanov, with Diebel third, but the Russians faded on the second lap and Diebel came on for a shocking gold medal, with Rózsa hanging on for the silver, the bronze going to Australia’s Philip Rogers. Diebel’s time was only the 13th-best performance ever and had been bettered four times by Rózsa, but Diebel had the gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nelson Diebel 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Norbert Rózsa 20 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Phil Rogers 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Akira Hayashi 17 Japan JPN
5 Vasily Ivanov 19 Unified Team EUN
6 Dmitry Volkov 26 Unified Team EUN
7 Nick Gillingham 25 Great Britain GBR
8 Adrian Moorhouse 28 Great Britain GBR
9 Károly Güttler 24 Hungary HUN
10T Stéphane Vossart 20 France FRA
10T Gianni Minervini 25 Italy ITA
10T Hans Dersch 24 United States USA
13T Jon Cleveland 21 Canada CAN
13T Mark Warnecke 22 Germany GER
15 Chen Jianhong 23 China CHN
16 Todd Torres 24 Puerto Rico PUR
17 Andrea Cecchi 24 Italy ITA
18 Kenji Watanabe 23 Japan JPN
19 Marko Pachel 19 Estonia EST
20 Javier Careaga 24 Mexico MEX
21 Ramón Camallonga 23 Spain ESP
22 Mario González 16 Cuba CUB
23 Sergio López 23 Spain ESP
24 Petri Suominen 21 Finland FIN
25 Curtis Myden 18 Canada CAN
26 Christian Poswiat 24 Germany GER
27 Kenneth Cawood 21 South Africa RSA
28 Shane Lewis 19 Australia AUS
29 Andrew Rutherford 20 Hong Kong HKG
30 Joseph Buhain 22 Philippines PHI
31 Christophe Bourdon 22 France FRA
32 Radek Beinhauer 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
33 Chris Flook 19 Bermuda BER
34 Fred Deburghgraeve 19 Belgium BEL
35 Patrick Concepcion 24 Philippines PHI
36 Nerijus Beiga 20 Lithuania LTU
37 Børge Mørk 20 Norway NOR
38 Gary O'Toole 23 Ireland IRL
39 Alexandre Yokochi 27 Portugal POR
40 Gustavo Gorriarán 22 Uruguay URU
41 Ricardo Torres 25 Panama PAN
42 Kharalambos Panagidis 23 Cyprus CYP
43 Jörg Lindemeier 23 Namibia NAM
44 Chi Jia Han 22 Hong Kong HKG
45 Bernard Desmarais 21 Mauritius MRI
46 Abderzak Bella 21 Algeria ALG
47 Christophe Verdino 19 Monaco MON
48 Lars Sørensen 24 Denmark DEN
49 Roberto Bonilla 20 Guatemala GUA
50 Danilo Zavoli 19 San Marino SMR
51 Glenn Diaz 17 Guam GUM
52 Obaid Al-Rumaithi 20 United Arab Emirates UAE
53 Ayman Al-Enazy 19 Kuwait KUW
54 Foy Gordon Chung 16 Fiji FIJ
55 Sergio Fafitine 22 Mozambique MOZ
56 Frank Leskaj 21 Albania ALB
57 Mohamed Bin Abid 23 United Arab Emirates UAE
58 Kenny Roberts 14 Seychelles SEY
AC r1/2 Pablo Minelli 22 Argentina ARG DQ