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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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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: USA Mel Stewart
Silver: NZL Danyon Loader
Bronze: FRA Franck Esposito

Summary

[Melvin Stewart] was the clear favorite, having dominated the event since Seoul, winning the 1991 Worlds and 1989 and 1991 Pan Pacific meets, and setting the world record at the 1991 Pan Pacs. The final was not close as Stewart lived up to expectations. He took the lead early and was never headed, going ahead of world record pace for 150 metres, but he struggled slightly coming home, finishing in 1:56.26, the fourth fastest performance ever.

Behind him, the silver went to New Zealand’s Danyon Loader, who was a surprise just to make the final, having a PR of only 2:01.29 prior to the Olympics, and it took 1:59.96 just to qualify for the final. But it was the prelude to a great swimming career, as Loader would return in 1996 and win both the 200 and 400 freestyles. Bronze medalist Franck Esposito (FRA) was not a surprise as he had won the 1991 European Championships. He would win this event at the 1993 World and win it three times more at the Europeans. He would also swim in three more Olympics, but this would be his only medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mel Stewart 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Danyon Loader 17 New Zealand NZL Silver
3 Franck Esposito 21 France FRA Bronze
4 Rafał Szukała 21 Poland POL
5 Keiichi Kawanaka 19 Japan JPN
6 Denis Pankratov 18 Unified Team EUN
7 Robert Pinter 24 Romania ROU
8 Martin Roberts 26 Australia AUS
9 Chris-Carol Bremer 22 Germany GER
10 Dave Wharton 23 United States USA
11 Martin Herrmann 22 Germany GER
12 Can Ergenekan 20 Turkey TUR
13 Tom Ponting 27 Canada CAN
14 Simon McKillop-Davies 19 Australia AUS
15 Eduardo Beca 24 Brazil BRA
16 Marco Braida 25 Italy ITA
17 Tomohiro Miyoshi 22 Japan JPN
18 Konrad Gałka 18 Poland POL
19T André Luiz Teixeira 18 Brazil BRA
19T Matjaž Kozelj 22 Slovenia SLO
21 José Luis Ballester 22 Spain ESP
22 Simon Wainwright 20 Great Britain GBR
23 Mehmet Taner 18 Turkey TUR
24 Jorge Pérez 20 Spain ESP
25 Christophe Bordeau 23 France FRA
26 Eddie Parenti 21 Canada CAN
27 Guy Callaghan 21 New Zealand NZL
28 Craig Jackson 23 South Africa RSA
29 Diogo Madeira 21 Portugal POR
30 David Monasterio 21 Puerto Rico PUR
31 Vesa Hanski 18 Finland FIN
32 Alexander Brandl 20 Austria AUT
33 Denislav Kalchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
34 Miguel Cabrita 17 Portugal POR
35 Khristian Minkovski 20 Bulgaria BUL
36 Kai Johansson 22 Finland FIN
37 Gary Tan 18 Singapore SIN
38 Duncan Todd 17 Hong Kong HKG
39T Kristan Singleton 20 United States Virgin Islands ISV
39T Kire Filipovski 19 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
41 Janko Gojković 19 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
42 Alan Espínola 20 Paraguay PAR
43 Benoît Fleurot 19 Mauritius MRI
44 Julian Bolling 26 Sri Lanka SRI
45 Ziyad Kashmiri 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
46 Mohamed Khamis 16 United Arab Emirates UAE