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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 100 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: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Silver: HUN Tünde Szabó
Bronze: USA Lea Loveless

Summary

Swimming rules for backstroke were slightly different in 1992, as no hand touch was required at the turn, a rule put into effect in March 1991. It mattered little to Hungary’s Krisztina Egerszegi, who had won the silver medal in this event in 1988, trailing East German Kristin Otto. But since Seoul Egerszegi had been the world’s best backstroker, winning both events at the 1991 World and European Championships and setting world records in both events. When this event started she already had one gold in Barcelona, in the 400 IM, which she added to her 200 backstroke gold from Seoul. She would later win the 200 back, giving her four gold medals.

The final was delayed by 15 minutes because of the preceding race, the men’s 100 free, which required a review of the tape. Egerszegi went out ahead early, although American Lea Loveless stayed close throughout. But she could never move ahead and Egerszegi won her second Barcelona gold in 1:00.68, the third fastest performance ever. Loveless was passed near the end by Egerszegi’s teammate Tünde Szabó.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztina Egerszegi 17 Hungary HUN Gold OR
2 Tünde Szabó 18 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Lea Loveless 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson 21 Australia AUS
5 Janie Wagstaff 18 United States USA
6 Joanne Meehan 15 Australia AUS
7 Nina Zhivanevskaya 15 Unified Team EUN
8 Yoko Koikawa 18 Japan JPN
9 Dagmar Hase 22 Germany GER
10 Marianne Kriel 20 South Africa RSA
11 Anna Simcic 20 New Zealand NZL
12 Noriko Inada 13 Japan JPN
13 He Cihong 17 China CHN
14 Nikki Dryden 17 Canada CAN
15 Silvia Poll 21 Costa Rica CRC
16 Sandra Völker 18 Germany GER
17 Ellen Elzerman 21 Netherlands NED
18 Gillian Thomson 17 Philippines PHI
19 Joanne Deakins 19 Great Britain GBR
20 Claudia Stănescu 16 Romania ROU
21 Eva Gysling 25 Switzerland SUI
22 Jill Brukman 19 South Africa RSA
23 Lorenza Vigarani 22 Italy ITA
24 Kathy Read 23 Great Britain GBR
25 Lara Bianconi 18 Italy ITA
26 Nataliya Shybaieva 23 Unified Team EUN
27 Nuria Castelló 21 Spain ESP
28 Julie Howard 15 Canada CAN
29 Małgorzata Galwas 18 Poland POL
30 Helena Straková 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
31 Martina Moravcová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
32T Céline Bonnet 16 France FRA
32T Nathalie Wunderlich 21 Switzerland SUI
34 Rita Garay 21 Puerto Rico PUR
35 Lee Chang-Ha 15 South Korea KOR
36 Ana Barros 22 Portugal POR
37 Mariya Kocheva 17 Bulgaria BUL
38 Diane Lacombe 15 France FRA
39 Anne Lackman 22 Finland FIN
40 Darija Alauf 23 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
41 Tanja Godina 21 Slovenia SLO
42 Sarah Murphy 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
43 Storme Moodie 18 Zimbabwe ZIM
44 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON
45 Rania El-Wani 14 Egypt EGY