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Women's 200 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 1992

Gold: CHN Lin Li
Silver: USA Summer Sanders
Bronze: GER Daniela Hunger

Summary

East German Ute Geweniger had set the world record in this event in 1981 and after 1982, only the 1984 (Tracy Caulkins) and 1988 (Daniela Hunger) Olympic winning performances had come within a second of her time of 2:11.73. The co-favorites in 1992 were China’s [Lin Li], the 1991 World Champion, and American Summer Sanders, second to Lin at 1991 Worlds, but the 1991 Pan Pac Champion in both IMs, and she had led the 1992 world lists with her Trials winning time of 2:13.10. Hunger was back as defending champion and had won the 1991 European title.

The final was an exciting race in which the lead went back-and-forth. Sanders, a butterfly specialist, went out slowly for her on the opening fly leg, but still led Lin by a shoulder. Lin then surged ahead on the backstroke, Sanders still close, and the two had opened 1½ seconds on the rest of the field. Sanders then used her breaststroke to surge ahead at 150 metres, but Lin almost made that up on her final turn. And Sanders could not match Lin on the freestyle, as Lin won gold in a world record 2:11.65, with Sanders recording the third-fastest time ever with 2:11.91. Hunger won bronze, but was over two seconds behind Sanders.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lin Li 21 China CHN Gold WR
2 Summer Sanders 19 United States USA Silver
3 Daniela Hunger 20 Germany GER Bronze
4 Yelena Dendeberova 23 Unified Team EUN
5 Elli Overton 18 Australia AUS
6 Marianne Limpert 19 Canada CAN
7 Nancy Sweetnam 18 Canada CAN
8 Ewa Synowska 17 Poland POL
9 Hideko Hiranaka 19 Japan JPN
10 Silvia Parera 22 Spain ESP
11 Alicja Pęczak 22 Poland POL
12 Eri Kimura 18 Japan JPN
13 Noëmi Ildiko Lung 24 Romania ROU
14 Céline Bonnet 16 France FRA
15 Jacqui McKenzie 19 Australia AUS
16 Jana Haas 16 Germany GER
17 Nicole Haislett 19 United States USA QC
18 Louise Karlsson 18 Sweden SWE
19 Mildred Muis 23 Netherlands NED
20 Lara Bianconi 18 Italy ITA
21 Sharron Davies 29 Great Britain GBR
22 Hana Černá 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 Lu Bin 15 China CHN
24 Lenka Maňhalová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
25 Brigitte Becue 19 Belgium BEL
26 Helen Slatter 22 Great Britain GBR
27 Martina Nemec 16 Austria AUT
28 Jill Brukman 19 South Africa RSA
29 Nathalie Wunderlich 21 Switzerland SUI
30 Praphalsai Minpraphal 14 Thailand THA
31 Lourdes Becerra 19 Spain ESP
32 Michelle Smith 22 Ireland IRL
33 Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
34 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
35 Annette Poulsen 22 Denmark DEN
36 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
37 Keren Regal 15 Israel ISR
38 Jenny Smatt 17 Bermuda BER
39 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON
40 Sharon Pickering 24 Fiji FIJ
41 Nguyễn Kiều Oanh 23 Vietnam VIE
42 Tammie Kaae 16 Guam GUM
43 Elke Talma 15 Seychelles SEY