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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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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: USA Nicole Haislett
Silver: GER Franziska van Almsick
Bronze: GER Kerstin Kielgaß

Summary

The 1991 World Champion was Hayley Lewis but she did not make the Australian team for this event. The 1991 Pan Pacs had been won by American Nicole Haislett, who was favored in Lewis’s absence, but the best qualifying time was posted by 14-year-old German Franziska van Almsick, who recorded 1:57.90, the fifth fastest performance of all-time. Van Almsick had first been noticed at the German Nationals in April when she won this race in 2:00.05 before she had turned 14.\n\nIn the final, van Almsick went out quickly, leading at 50 metres. Haislett was next to her and was surprised to see the youthful van Almsick swimming next to her lane rope. Haislett moved over and drafted off her, as they swam-for-stroke for most of the race. Haislett did not take the lead until 10 metres from the wall, and outtouched van Almsick, 1:57.90 to 1:58.00.\n\nVan Almsick would win 10 Olympic medals in her career, but never a gold, and this race was as close as she ever came to the top step of the podium. Haislett competed only at one Olympics, 1992, winning three gold medals, with two in relays. At the 1990 Goodwill Games she had become the first American to defeat an East German freestyler since 1972.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nicole Haislett 19 United States USA Gold
2 Franziska van Almsick 14 Germany GER Silver
3 Kerstin Kielgaß 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Catherine Plewinski 24 France FRA
5 Luminiţa Dobrescu 21 Romania ROU
6 Suzu Chiba 16 Japan JPN
7 Olha Kyrychenko 16 Unified Team EUN
8 Lu Bin 15 China CHN
9 Yelena Dendeberova 23 Unified Team EUN
10 Karen Pickering 20 Great Britain GBR
11 Susie O'Neill 18 Australia AUS
12 Malin Nilsson 18 Sweden SWE
13 Mette Jacobsen 19 Denmark DEN
14 Gitta Jensen 20 Denmark DEN
15 Carla-Creola Negrea 18 Romania ROU
16 Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson 21 Australia AUS
17 Jenny Thompson 19 United States USA QC
18 Yoko Koikawa 18 Japan JPN
19 Nikki Dryden 17 Canada CAN
20 Isabelle Arnould 21 Belgium BEL
21 Zhuang Yong 19 China CHN
22 Allison Higson 19 Canada CAN
23 Irene Dalby 21 Norway NOR
24 Natalia Pulido 22 Spain ESP
25 Sandra Cam 20 Belgium BEL
26 Diane van der Plaats 20 Netherlands NED
27 Rita Garay 21 Puerto Rico PUR
28 Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
29 Gillian Thomson 17 Philippines PHI
30 Robyn Lamsam 14 Hong Kong HKG
31 Rania El-Wani 14 Egypt EGY
32 María José Marenco 15 El Salvador ESA
33 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
34 Sharon Pickering 24 Fiji FIJ
35 Corinne Leclair 22 Mauritius MRI
36 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
37 Paola Peñarrieta 23 Bolivia BOL