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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 28, 1992

Gold: EUN Aleksandr Popov
Silver: BRA Gustavo Borges
Bronze: FRA Stéphan Caron

Summary

Swimming World said, “Its hard not to imagine [[Matt] Biondi] winning.” He was the defending champion, the world record holder with 48.42, had the eight fastest times in the event, and 12 of the top 13, and had won the event at the 1986 and 1991 World Championships and the 1985, 1987, and 1991 Pan Pacifics. Russian [Aleksandr Popov] was the 1991 European Champion and in 1991 had tied Biondi and France’s [Stéphane Caron] for the leading time in the world (49.18). But he was considered only a contender for a medal, not the gold. Someone forgot to tell him that.\n\nPopov qualified first with 49.27. In the final he was only sixth at 50 metres, and then swam the back 50 in 24.99, the first time anyone had bettered 25 seconds for the back 50 of the 100 freestyle. This brought him home in a PR of 49.02 for the gold medal. Biondi led at the turn, but flagged badly in the final lap and placed only fifth.\n\nThe scoreboard initially showed Caron as second and Brazilian Gustavo Borges last in 1:02, which was an obvious mistake. It turned out his touchpad had malfunctioned so the officials reviewed the film and he was given 49.53, tying him with Biondi for fourth. But on further review, the officials realized they were looking at Biondi’s finish and Borges time was corrected to 49.43, giving him the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Aleksandr Popov 20 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Gustavo Borges 19 Brazil BRA Silver
3 Stéphan Caron 26 France FRA Bronze
4 Jon Olsen 23 United States USA
5 Matt Biondi 26 United States USA
6 Tom Werner 26 Sweden SWE
7 Christian Tröger 22 Germany GER
8 Gennady Prigoda 27 Unified Team EUN
9 Ricardo Busquets 27 Puerto Rico PUR
10 Raimundas Mažuolis 20 Lithuania LTU
11 Christophe Kalfayan 23 France FRA
12 Nils Rudolph 26 Germany GER
13 John Steel 19 New Zealand NZL
14 Chris Fydler 19 Australia AUS
15 Roberto Gleria 23 Italy ITA
16 Andrew Baildon 20 Australia AUS
17 Giorgio Lamberti 23 Italy ITA QC
18T Stephen Clarke 19 Canada CAN
18T Håkan Karlsson 22 Sweden SWE
20 Béla Szabados 18 Hungary HUN
21 Mike Fibbens 24 Great Britain GBR
22 Rodrigo González 24 Mexico MEX
23 Stéfan Voléry 30 Switzerland SUI
24 Paul Howe 27 Great Britain GBR
25 Emanuel Fortes 21 Brazil BRA
26 Franz Mortensen 28 Denmark DEN
27 Mehmet Taner 18 Turkey TUR
28 Jarl Inge Melberg 22 Norway NOR
29 Seddon Keyter 21 South Africa RSA
30 Mladen Kapor 25 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
31 Yoav Bruck 20 Israel ISR
32T Indrek Sei 19 Estonia EST
32T Yves Clausse 23 Luxembourg LUX
34 Tsutomu Nakano 18 Japan JPN
35 Krzysztof Cwalina 21 Poland POL
36 Nick Sanders 21 New Zealand NZL
37 Giovanni Linscheer 19 Suriname SUR
38 Janne Blomqvist 20 Finland FIN
39 Michael Wright 26 Hong Kong HKG
40 Xie Jun 23 China CHN
41 Darren Ward 23 Canada CAN
42 Arthur Li 19 Hong Kong HKG
43 Allan Murray 20 Bahamas BAH
44 Stavros Mikhailidis 21 Cyprus CYP
45 Shigeo Ogata 23 Japan JPN
46 Ivor Le Roux 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
47 Enrico Linscheer 17 Suriname SUR
48 Marc Verbeeck 23 Belgium BEL
49 Sebastián Lasave 21 Argentina ARG
50 Geri Mewett 17 Bermuda BER
51 Ian Raynor 20 Bermuda BER
52 Mohamed El-Azoul 26 Egypt EGY
53 Nikos Paleokrassas 24 Greece GRE
54 Rory McGown 19 Zimbabwe ZIM
55 Patrick Sagisi 20 Guam GUM
56 Kenneth Yeo 18 Singapore SIN
57 Plutarco Castellanos 21 Honduras HON
58 Gustavo Búcaro 17 Guatemala GUA
59 Adrian Romero 19 Guam GUM
60 Laurent Alfred 17 United States Virgin Islands ISV
61 Helder Torres 17 Guatemala GUA
62 Frank Leskaj 21 Albania ALB
63 Émile Lahoud 17 Lebanon LIB
64 Mouhamed Diop 28 Senegal SEN
65 Hussein Al-Sadiq 20 Saudi Arabia KSA
66 Ahmad Faraj 26 United Arab Emirates UAE
67 Ivan Roberts 19 Seychelles SEY
68 Bruno N'Diaye 23 Senegal SEN
69 Jarrah Al-Asmawi 21 Kuwait KUW
70 Mohamed Bin Abid 23 United Arab Emirates UAE
71 Carl Probert 16 Fiji FIJ
72 Kenny Roberts 14 Seychelles SEY
73 Foy Gordon Chung 16 Fiji FIJ
74 Ahmed Imthiyaz 28 Maldives MDV
75 Mohamed Rasheed 24 Maldives MDV