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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 1992

Gold: HUN Tamás Darnyi
Silver: USA Eric Namesnik
Bronze: ITA Luca Sacchi

Summary

Hungary’s Tamás Darnyi was the defending champion and not lost an individual medley race since 1984, including winning both events at the 1985, 1987, and 1989 Europeans and the 1986 and 1991 World Championships. He had also set the last three world records in the event, and was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1987 and 1991. The early leader in the final was American [David Wharton], silver medalist in the event in Seoul, who had two seconds on Darnyi after butterfly, but he would drop back and place fourth. The leader after backstroke was the other American, Eric Namesnik, but Darnyi took the lead early in the breaststroke, and kept opening up, winning easily in 4:14.23, with Namesnik second, 1.34 seconds behind.

A few days later, Darnyi would again win the 200 IM, completing a double-double in the individual medleys, a rare occurrence at the Olympics. It had only been done before in a single stroke or specialty in the 100/200 back by East German Roland Matthes in 1968-72, although Ukrainian [Iana Kochkova] would repeat Darnyi’s double-double in the women’s IMs in 2000-04.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tamás Darnyi 25 Hungary HUN Gold OR
2 Eric Namesnik 21 United States USA Silver
3 Luca Sacchi 24 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Dave Wharton 23 United States USA
5 Christian Geßner 24 Germany GER
6 Patrick Kühl 24 Germany GER
7 Serghei Mariniuc 23 Unified Team EUN
8 Takahiro Fujimoto 22 Japan JPN
9 Attila Czene 18 Hungary HUN
10 Curtis Myden 18 Canada CAN
11 Jorge Pérez 20 Spain ESP
12 Petteri Lehtinen 18 Finland FIN
13 Philip Bryant 18 Australia AUS
14 Marcin Maliński 19 Poland POL
15 Jan Bidrman 26 Sweden SWE
16 Robert Baird 19 Canada CAN
17 Marian Satnoianu 21 Romania ROU
18 Matt Dunn 18 Australia AUS
19 Marcel Wouda 20 Netherlands NED
20 Igor Łuczak 19 Poland POL
21 Desmond Koh 19 Singapore SIN
22 Renato Ramalho 25 Brazil BRA
23 Denislav Kalchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
24 Clifford Lyne 22 South Africa RSA
25 Andy Rolley 22 Great Britain GBR
26 Andrés Minelli 21 Argentina ARG
27 Alejandro Bermúdez 17 Colombia COL
28 David Monasterio 21 Puerto Rico PUR
29 Ratapong Sirasanont 16 Thailand THA
30 Duncan Todd 17 Hong Kong HKG
31 Roberto Bonilla 20 Guatemala GUA
AC r1/2 Toshiaki Kurasawa 16 Japan JPN DQ