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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: July 26, 1992

Gold: CHN Zhuang Yong
Silver: USA Jenny Thompson
Bronze: GER Franziska van Almsick

Summary

Australians had held the world record in this event from 1956-73, and East German swimmers then took over, setting multiple records from 1973-92, with the current mark as the Olympic year started being 54.73, set by Kristin Otto at the 1986 World Championships. At the US Olympic Trials [Jenny Thompson] swam 54.48 in the preliminaries to better Otto’s mark. She was favored in Barcelona, although her teammate, Nicole Haislett, 1991 World Champion and runner-up at 1991 Pan Pacs, was expected to be her biggest competition.

In the final, China’s Zhuang Yong surprisingly led Thompson at the turn, 26.46 to 26.54. But Thompson’s strong finish never came and Zhuang held on to win the gold medal, Thompson later saying, “I just choked hard coming home and I don’t know why.”

This was the first individual Olympic medal for Thompson, who would compete at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics, finishing her career with 12 Olympic medals, eight of them gold. But an individual gold medal would always elude her. Third-place in this event would go to German Franziska van Almsick, also beginning an Olympic career that would last through 2004. Van Almsick would win 10 Olympic medals, but like Thompson she would be frustrated, in her case never managing any Olympic gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Zhuang Yong 19 China CHN Gold OR
2 Jenny Thompson 19 United States USA Silver
3 Franziska van Almsick 14 Germany GER Bronze
4 Nicole Haislett 19 United States USA
5 Catherine Plewinski 24 France FRA
6 Le Jingyi 17 China CHN
7 Simone Osygus 23 Germany GER
8 Karin Brienesse 23 Netherlands NED
9 Suzu Chiba 16 Japan JPN
10 Luminiţa Dobrescu 21 Romania ROU
11 Yelena Shubina 17 Unified Team EUN
12 Gitta Jensen 20 Denmark DEN
13 Mildred Muis 23 Netherlands NED
14 Yevgeniya Yermakova 16 Unified Team EUN
15 Susie O'Neill 18 Australia AUS
16 Andrea Nugent 23 Canada CAN
17 Karen Pickering 20 Great Britain GBR
18 Martina Moravcová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
19 Eva Nyberg 23 Sweden SWE
20 Marianne Kriel 20 South Africa RSA
21 Claudia Franco 17 Spain ESP
22 Ayako Nakano 19 Japan JPN
23 Ellenor Svensson 21 Sweden SWE
24 Minna Salmela 21 Finland FIN
25 Allison Higson 19 Canada CAN
26 Natalia Pulido 22 Spain ESP
27 Mette Nørskov Nielsen 17 Denmark DEN
28 Karen Van Wirdum 21 Australia AUS
29 Toni Jeffs 23 New Zealand NZL
30 Rania El-Wani 14 Egypt EGY
31T Alison Sheppard 19 Great Britain GBR
31T Diana Ureche 17 Romania ROU
33 Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
34 Gillian Thomson 17 Philippines PHI
35 Monica Dahl 17 Namibia NAM
36 Ilaria Sciorelli 18 Italy ITA
37 Robyn Lamsam 14 Hong Kong HKG
38 Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen 21 Finland FIN
39 Shelley Cramer 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV
40 Helga Sigurðardóttir 23 Iceland ISL
41 Ana Alegria 15 Portugal POR
42 Joshua Ikhaghomi 17 Nigeria NGR
43 Ratiporn Wong 20 Thailand THA
44 Corinne Leclair 22 Mauritius MRI
45 Sharon Pickering 24 Fiji FIJ
46 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON
47 Paola Peñarrieta 23 Bolivia BOL
48 Elsa Freire 17 Angola ANG