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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: HUN Tamás Darnyi
Silver: USA Greg Burgess
Bronze: HUN Attila Czene

Summary

In the first five days in Barcelona, eight world record holders had been upset in their specialities. Hungary’s Tamás Darnyi was a huge favorite in both IMs, and was the defending champion, world record holder, and 1991 World Champion in both events. He had not lost an individual medley since 1984, had already defended his 400 IM four days earlier, and was hoping not to become the ninth victim of the record holder curse. And he did not, winning the 200 IM, although it was somewhat closer than expected. Darnyi won in 2:00.76, only 0.21 seconds ahead of American Greg Burgess. Darnyi was only fourth after three legs, and the curse appeared real, but he powered home to defend his gold medal.

American Ron Karnaugh finished sixth in the final, which was a difficult swim for him emotionally. His father, Peter, came to the Opening Ceremony, and then died of a heart attack after leaving the stadium. Ron Karnaugh did not know this until later that night when USOC Executive Director Harvey Schiller and USOC Board member George Steinbrenner came to his room in the Olympic Village to tell him. Steinbrenner, well-known as the owner of the New York Yankees, learned that his mother was concerned about how they would pay for Ron’s medical school, which he planned to start that fall, but Steinbrenner told them not to worry, and financed the schooling of the man he would later call “Doctor Ron.” Karnaugh later became a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tamás Darnyi 25 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Greg Burgess 20 United States USA Silver
3 Attila Czene 18 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Jani Sievinen 18 Finland FIN
5 Christian Geßner 24 Germany GER
6 Ron Karnaugh 26 United States USA
7 Matt Dunn 18 Australia AUS
8 Gary Anderson 23 Canada CAN
9 Martín López-Zubero 23 Spain ESP
10 Serghei Mariniuc 23 Unified Team EUN
11 Lars Sørensen 24 Denmark DEN
12 Frédéric Lefèvre 22 France FRA
13 Tatsuya Kinugasa 17 Japan JPN
14 Darren Ward 23 Canada CAN
15 Takahiro Fujimoto 22 Japan JPN
16 Luca Sacchi 24 Italy ITA QC
17 Manuel Guzmán 22 Puerto Rico PUR
18 John Davey 27 Great Britain GBR
19 Aleksandr Savitsky 21 Unified Team EUN
20 Marcin Maliński 19 Poland POL
21 Petteri Lehtinen 18 Finland FIN
22 Marcel Wouda 20 Netherlands NED
23 Joaquín Fernández 21 Spain ESP
24 Stefaan Maene 20 Belgium BEL
25 Marian Satnoianu 21 Romania ROU
26 Denislav Kalchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
27 Clifford Lyne 22 South Africa RSA
28 Simon Percy 21 New Zealand NZL
29 Igor Łuczak 19 Poland POL
30 José Carlos Souza Filho 21 Brazil BRA
31 Desmond Koh 19 Singapore SIN
32 Josef Hladky 30 Germany GER
33 Diogo Madeira 21 Portugal POR
34 Gary O'Toole 23 Ireland IRL
35 Renato Ramalho 25 Brazil BRA
36 Andy Rolley 22 Great Britain GBR
37 Arthur Li 19 Hong Kong HKG
38 Joseph Buhain 22 Philippines PHI
39 Ratapong Sirasanont 16 Thailand THA
40 Gary Tan 18 Singapore SIN
41 Ricardo Torres 25 Panama PAN
42 Duncan Todd 17 Hong Kong HKG
43 Christophe Verdino 19 Monaco MON
44 Sultan Al-Otaibi 22 Kuwait KUW
45 Alejandro Alvizuri 24 Peru PER
46 Plutarco Castellanos 21 Honduras HON
47 Émile Lahoud 17 Lebanon LIB
48 Carl Probert 16 Fiji FIJ
49 Mohamed Bin Abid 23 United Arab Emirates UAE
50 Mouhamed Diop 28 Senegal SEN
51 Kenny Roberts 14 Seychelles SEY
52 Jean-Paul Adam 15 Seychelles SEY
AC r1/2 Martin Roberts 26 Australia AUS DQ
AC r1/2 Roberto Bonilla 20 Guatemala GUA DQ
AC r1/2 Rodrigo González 24 Mexico MEX DQ
AC r1/2 Jan Bidrman 26 Sweden SWE DQ