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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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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: USA Summer Sanders
Silver: CHN Wang Xiaohong
Bronze: AUS Susie O'Neill

Summary

Summer Sanders (USA) had won this event at the 1990 Goodwill Games, and the 1991 Worlds and Pan Pacs, and was favored in Barcelona. She was swimming an ambitious program in 1992, and had already faltered on the final laps of both individual medleys, although she won silver in the 200 and bronze in the 400 IM. She had also failed to medal in the 100 fly, and this was the last chance for individual gold at an Olympics which the American press had expected to be the Summer of Summer. And the prelims were led by Australian [Susie O’Neill], barely ahead of Sanders.\n\nO’Neill set out at world record pace, and held that through 100 metres, leading China’s Wang Xiaohong, with Sanders third. That trio held through 150 metres, with O’Neill opening on Wang, but Sanders closing the gap. And on the final lap Sanders was the strongest coming home to win in 2:08.67, as O’Neill faded, and Wang barely touched her out for the silver. O’Neills had set such a fast pace that she pulled home the first seven finishers in personal bests.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Summer Sanders 19 United States USA Gold
2 Wang Xiaohong 23 China CHN Silver
3 Susie O'Neill 18 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Mika Haruna 14 Japan JPN
5 Rie Shito 18 Japan JPN
6 Angie Wester-Krieg 27 United States USA
7 Mette Jacobsen 19 Denmark DEN
8 Ilaria Tocchini 24 Italy ITA
9 Hayley Lewis 18 Australia AUS
10 Cécile Jeanson 19 France FRA
11 Ewa Synowska 17 Poland POL
12 Anna Uryniuk 18 Poland POL
13 Samantha Purvis 25 Great Britain GBR
14 Iuliana Pantelimon 17 Romania ROU
15T Berit Puggaard 19 Denmark DEN
15T María Peláez 14 Spain ESP
17 María Luisa Fernández 23 Spain ESP
18 Nataša Meškovska 20 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
19 Joana Arantes 19 Portugal POR
20 Timea Toth 24 Israel ISR
21 Corina Dumitru 18 Romania ROU
22 Nataliya Yakovleva 20 Unified Team EUN
23 Jacinthe Pineau 18 Canada CAN
24 Helen Slatter 22 Great Britain GBR
25 Praphalsai Minpraphal 14 Thailand THA
26 Bettina Ustrowski 15 Germany GER
27 Anja Margetić 16 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
28 Blanca Morales 22 Guatemala GUA
29 Qian Hong 21 China CHN
30 Jeanine Steenkamp 22 South Africa RSA
31 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
32 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN