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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 29, 1992
Date Finished: July 29, 1992

Gold: EUN Yevgeny Sadovy
Silver: AUS Kieren Perkins
Bronze: SWE Anders Holmertz


[Yevgeny Sadovy] came into this event with great confidence. He had not lost the race in three years, and had already won gold in Barcelona in the 200 free, but he had to face Australia’s [Kieren Perkins] and 1991 Pan Pac Champion. Perkins qualified first. In the final [Anders Holmertz] went out at world record pace, as he had in Seoul in 1988, but at 300 metres he, Perkins, and Sadovy were within 0.66 seconds. Holmertz could not hang on, as he was passed by both swimmers in the final 100. The finish was very close, with Sadovy outtouching Perkins to win in 3:45.00, well under the world record, Perkins finishing in 3:45.16. Even Holmertz finished in 3:46.77, just off the old world mark.

Sadovy would add another gold medal in the 4 x 200 free relay in Barcelona, finishing with three gold medals in his only Olympic appearance, and his only three events. Russian freestylers starred in 1992, winning the 50 and 100 free ([Aleksandr Popov]), and 200 and 400 free by Sadovy. Sadovy had a short career. He won relay gold medals at the 1993 European Championships, and then retired in 1996 after not making the Russian Olympic team for Atlanta.

Perkins would later win the 1,500 in Barcelona, defending that title in Atlanta, and add a 1,500 silver in Sydney. At the 1994 World Championships, he would win the title, bettering Sadovy’s world record with 3:43.80. Anders Holmertz competed at four Olympics (1984-96) but was never able to get to the top step of the podium, winning four silver and one bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yevgeny Sadovy 19 Unified Team EUN Gold WR
2 Kieren Perkins 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 Anders Holmertz 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Artur Wojdat 24 Poland POL
5 Ian Brown 26 Australia AUS
6 Sebastian Wiese 20 Germany GER
7 Stefan Pfeiffer 26 Germany GER
8 Danyon Loader 17 New Zealand NZL
9 Antti Kasvio 18 Finland FIN
10 Paul Palmer 17 Great Britain GBR
11 Sean Killion 24 United States USA
12 Piermaria Siciliano 18 Italy ITA
13 Christophe Marchand 19 France FRA
14 Yann de Fabrique 19 France FRA
15 Mariusz Podkościelny 24 Poland POL
16 Jure Bučar 26 Slovenia SLO
17 Dan Jorgensen 24 United States USA QC
18 Marcel Wouda 20 Netherlands NED
19 Massimo Trevisan 24 Italy ITA
20 Zoltán Szilágyi 25 Hungary HUN
21 Turlough O'Hare 23 Canada CAN
22 Aleksey Kudryavtsev 19 Unified Team EUN
23 Mehmet Taner 18 Turkey TUR
24 Shigeo Ogata 23 Japan JPN
25 Can Ergenekan 20 Turkey TUR
26 Artur Costa 22 Portugal POR
27 Eddie Parenti 21 Canada CAN
28 Stephen Akers 21 Great Britain GBR
29 Richard Tapper 24 New Zealand NZL
30 Jorge Herrera 19 Puerto Rico PUR
31 Nače Majčen 24 Slovenia SLO
32 Bang Seung-Hun 16 South Korea KOR
33 Masashi Kato 21 Japan JPN
34 Hicham El-Masry 19 Syria SYR
35 Alejandro Bermúdez 17 Colombia COL
36 Christer Wallin 23 Sweden SWE
37 Jeffrey Ong 20 Malaysia MAS
38 Jarl Inge Melberg 22 Norway NOR
39 Ratapong Sirasanont 16 Thailand THA
40 Gustavo Búcaro 17 Guatemala GUA
41 Luis Medina 18 Bolivia BOL
42 Benoît Fleurot 19 Mauritius MRI
43 Kenneth Yeo 18 Singapore SIN
44 Helder Torres 17 Guatemala GUA
45 Hussein Al-Sadiq 20 Saudi Arabia KSA
46 Jean-Paul Adam 15 Seychelles SEY