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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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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: CHN Qian Hong
Silver: USA Crissy Ahmann-Leighton
Bronze: FRA Catherine Plewinski

Summary

China’s [Qian Hong] had won the silver medal in this event in Seoul and was favored in 1992, having won the 1991 World Championship. She was expected to be challenged by her teammate Wang Xiaohong. At the 1990 Asian Games the two had been the first butterflyers to break 59 seconds since Mary T. Meagher’s inviolate world record of 57.93 from 1981. But then at the US Olympic Trials, Crissy Ahmann-Leighton (58.61) and Summer Sanders (59.51) swam the two fastest times of the year, with Ahmann-Leighton posting a non-Meagher world record, and actually the second fastest time ever.

In the final Ahmann-Leighton exploded off the blocks and was ahead of her Trials pace at the wall, with the two Chinese in second and third. But Qian had much more left, racing home to win by about a hand over Ahmann-Leighton. Wang faltered near the end and was passed by France’s Catherine Plewinski, the 1991 European Champion, for bronze.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Qian Hong 21 China CHN Gold OR
2 Crissy Ahmann-Leighton 22 United States USA Silver
3 Catherine Plewinski 24 France FRA Bronze
4 Wang Xiaohong 23 China CHN
5 Susie O'Neill 18 Australia AUS
6 Summer Sanders 19 United States USA
7 Franziska van Almsick 14 Germany GER
8 Rie Shito 18 Japan JPN
9 Inge de Bruijn 18 Netherlands NED
10 Karin Brienesse 23 Netherlands NED
11 Yoko Kando 17 Japan JPN
12 Therèse Lundin 21 Sweden SWE
13 Lisa Curry-Kenny 30 Australia AUS
14 Kristin Topham 19 Canada CAN
15 Ilaria Tocchini 24 Italy ITA
16 Jacqueline Delord 22 France FRA
17 Olha Kyrychenko 16 Unified Team EUN
18 Bettina Ustrowski 15 Germany GER
19 Martina Moravcová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
20 Madeleine Campbell 27 Great Britain GBR
21 Marianne Kriel 20 South Africa RSA
22 Anna Uryniuk 18 Poland POL
23 Diana Ureche 17 Romania ROU
24 Malin Strömberg 16 Sweden SWE
25 María Peláez 14 Spain ESP
26 Bárbara Franco 18 Spain ESP
27 Julie Howard 15 Canada CAN
28 Samantha Purvis 25 Great Britain GBR
29T Timea Toth 24 Israel ISR
29T Nataliya Yakovleva 20 Unified Team EUN
31 Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
32 Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen 21 Finland FIN
33 Iuliana Pantelimon 17 Romania ROU
34 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
35 Nataša Meškovska 20 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
36 Ana Alegria 15 Portugal POR
37 Praphalsai Minpraphal 14 Thailand THA
38 Berit Puggaard 19 Denmark DEN
39 Joana Arantes 19 Portugal POR
40 Gabriela Gaja 20 Mexico MEX
41 Blanca Morales 22 Guatemala GUA
42 Nguyễn Kiều Oanh 23 Vietnam VIE
43 Shelley Cramer 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV
44 Anja Margetić 16 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
45 Sharon Pickering 24 Fiji FIJ
46 Monica Dahl 17 Namibia NAM
47 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON
48 Elsa Freire 17 Angola ANG
49 Mariza Gregorio 15 Mozambique MOZ