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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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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: ESP Martín López-Zubero
Silver: EUN Vladimir Selkov
Bronze: ITA Stefano Battistelli


To Spanish swimming fans this was the most highly anticipated event in Barcelona, as the favorite was the world record holder, [Martín López-Zubero]. López-Zubero was also the 1991 World Champion and won both backstrokes at the 1991 European Championships. The pace in the final was set by Russian [Vladimir Selkov], with Japan’s [Hajime Itoi] briefly leading at 150. But López-Zubero came on in the final 25 metres to win the gold medal, with Selkov second, and Italy’s [Stefano Battistelli] finishing strong for the bronze.

López-Zubero’s brother, [David], had won Spain’s first ever swimming medal back in 1980 with a bronze in the 100 butterfly, but they were basically American with dual citizenship. They had both been born in the United States, raised in the US, trained in the US, and went to American colleges. However, their father was Spanish which gave them a Spanish passport and allowed them to compete internationally for Spain. David had chosen this route first and Martín followed it.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Martín López-Zubero 23 Spain ESP Gold OR
2 Vladimir Selkov 21 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Stefano Battistelli 22 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Hajime Itoi 21 Japan JPN
5 Tripp Schwenk 21 United States USA
6 Tino Weber 22 Germany GER
7 Tamás Deutsch 22 Hungary HUN
8 Stefaan Maene 20 Belgium BEL
9 Rodolfo Falcón 19 Cuba CUB
10 Rogério Romero 22 Brazil BRA
11 Luca Bianchin 20 Italy ITA
12 Kevin Draxinger 25 Canada CAN
13 Manuel Guzmán 22 Puerto Rico PUR
14 Yasuhiro Vandewalle 22 Belgium BEL
15 Raymond Brown 23 Canada CAN
AC r2/2 Georgi Mikhalev 24 Bulgaria BUL DQ
17 Dirk Richter 27 Germany GER QC
18 Royce Sharp 20 United States USA QC
19 Marcel Blažo 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
20T Keita Soraoka 20 Japan JPN
20T Alejandro Alvizuri 24 Peru PER
22 David Holderbach 21 France FRA
23 Rastislav Bizub 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
24 Adam Ruckwood 17 Great Britain GBR
25 Jorge Pérez 20 Spain ESP
26 Alejandro Bermúdez 17 Colombia COL
27 Olivér Ágh 17 Hungary HUN
28 Simon Percy 21 New Zealand NZL
29 Ji Sang-Jun 18 South Korea KOR
30 Ilmar Ojase 19 Estonia EST
31 Thomas Sopp 20 Norway NOR
32 Matthew O'Connor 21 Great Britain GBR
33 Derya Büyükuncu 16 Turkey TUR
34 Miguel Arrobas 18 Portugal POR
35 Toby Haenen 18 Australia AUS
36 Lars Sørensen 24 Denmark DEN
37 Eran Groumi 22 Israel ISR
38 Gary Tan 18 Singapore SIN
39 Marcos Prono 17 Paraguay PAR
40 Sultan Al-Otaibi 22 Kuwait KUW
41 Salvador Jiménez 18 Honduras HON
42 Carl Probert 16 Fiji FIJ
AC r1/2 Raymond Papa Philippines PHI DQ
AC r1/2 Abdullah Sultan 19 United Arab Emirates UAE DQ