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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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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: JPN Kyoko Iwasaki
Silver: CHN Lin Li
Bronze: USA Anita Nall

Summary

At the US Olympic Trials Anita Nall had broken the world record in both the prelims and the final, and came to Barcelona as a slight favorite in an event that was relatively wide-open. In the final in Barcelona she led at the start, had a bodylength by 50 metres, and still had one second on the field at 150 metres. But then Japan’s Kyoko Iwasaki closed quickly, passing Nall near the wall and winning the gold medal. Iwasaki had only turned 14 a few days before this event started. Nall was also passed for silver by China’s [Lin Li]. Lin won two other individual medals in Barcelona in the IMs, with silver in the longer race, and gold in the 200. Iwasaki became the youngest swimming gold medalist in Olympic history, a mark that still stands through 2008.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kyoko Iwasaki 14 Japan JPN Gold OR
2 Lin Li 21 China CHN Silver
3 Anita Nall 16 United States USA Bronze
4 Yelena Rudkovskaya 19 Unified Team EUN
5 Guylaine Cloutier 20 Canada CAN
6 Nathalie Giguère 19 Canada CAN
7 Manuela Dalla Valle 29 Italy ITA
8 Alicja Pęczak 22 Poland POL
9 Gabriella Csépe 19 Hungary HUN
10 Daniela Brendel 18 Germany GER
11 Audrey Guérit 16 France FRA
12 Sam Riley 19 Australia AUS
13 Kyoko Kasuya 16 Japan JPN
14 Jill Johnson 23 United States USA
15 Magdalena Kupiec 15 Poland POL
16 Yelena Volkova 24 Unified Team EUN
17 Brigitte Becue 19 Belgium BEL
18 Jana Dörries 16 Germany GER
19 Linley Frame 20 Australia AUS
20 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 16 Romania ROU
21T Britta Vestergaard 17 Denmark DEN
21T Suki Brownsdon 26 Great Britain GBR
23 Park Mi-Yeong 16 South Korea KOR
24 Elena Donati 18 Italy ITA
25 Martina Nemec 16 Austria AUT
26 Kira Bulten 19 Netherlands NED
27 Ragnheiður Runólfsdóttir 25 Iceland ISL
28 Lourdes Becerra 19 Spain ESP
29 Lu Di 16 China CHN
30 Phuvichit Sornsawan 19 Thailand THA
31 Martine Janssen 15 Netherlands NED
32 Jenny Smatt 17 Bermuda BER
33 Jaime King 15 Great Britain GBR
34 Penny Heyns 17 South Africa RSA
35 Priscilla Madera 15 Ecuador ECU
36 Barbara Pexa 17 Guam GUM
37 Claudia Velásquez 16 Peru PER
38 Nguyễn Thị Phương 15 Vietnam VIE
39 Elke Talma 15 Seychelles SEY