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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Silver: GER Dagmar Hase
Bronze: AUS Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson

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. But that did not bother the defending gold medalist, Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN), who had dominated the backstroke since Seoul. She held the world record in both events, and had won them both at the 1991 World and European Championships, and already had a gold medal in Barcelona, in the 400 IM.

If there was any doubt Egerszegi erased it in qualifying, leading American Lea Loveless by almost four full seconds. The final was a bit closer, but not much, as she won by 2.4 seconds over Germany’s Dagmar Hase, who three days earlier had won a surprising gold medal in the 400 freestyle over Janet Evans. The bronze went to Australian [Nicole Stevenson], silver medalist in both backstrokes at the 1991 Pan Pacific meet.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztina Egerszegi 17 Hungary HUN Gold OR
2 Dagmar Hase 22 Germany GER Silver
3 Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson 21 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Lea Loveless 21 United States USA
5 Anna Simcic 20 New Zealand NZL
6 Tünde Szabó 18 Hungary HUN
7 Silvia Poll 21 Costa Rica CRC
8 Leigh Habler 16 Australia AUS
9 Marion Zoller 24 Germany GER
10 Joanne Deakins 19 Great Britain GBR
11 Junko Torikai 16 Japan JPN
12 Lin Li 21 China CHN
13 Lorenza Vigarani 22 Italy ITA
14 Nina Zhivanevskaya 15 Unified Team EUN
15 Noriko Inada 13 Japan JPN
16 Nathalie Wunderlich 21 Switzerland SUI
17 Janie Wagstaff 18 United States USA QC
18 Nuria Castelló 21 Spain ESP
19 Gillian Thomson 17 Philippines PHI
20 Francesca Salvalajo 20 Italy ITA
21 Kathy Read 23 Great Britain GBR
22 Ellen Elzerman 21 Netherlands NED
23 Nikki Dryden 17 Canada CAN
24 Ana Barros 22 Portugal POR
25 Beth Hazel 18 Canada CAN
26 Małgorzata Galwas 18 Poland POL
27 Rita Garay 21 Puerto Rico PUR
28 Lee Chang-Ha 15 South Korea KOR
29 Claudia Stănescu 16 Romania ROU
30 Helena Straková 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
31 Lu Bin 15 China CHN
32 Jill Brukman 19 South Africa RSA
33 Nataliya Shybaieva 23 Unified Team EUN
34 Cristina Rey 16 Spain ESP
35 Michelle Smith 22 Ireland IRL
36 Mariya Kocheva 17 Bulgaria BUL
37 Darija Alauf 23 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
38 Marta Włodkowska 18 Poland POL
39 Storme Moodie 18 Zimbabwe ZIM
40 Sarah Murphy 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
41 Tanja Godina 21 Slovenia SLO
42 Praphalsai Minpraphal 14 Thailand THA
43 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON