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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 28, 1992

Gold: GER Dagmar Hase
Silver: USA Janet Evans
Bronze: AUS Hayley Lewis

Summary

Janet Evans was the defending champion and had not lost at the distance in six years. She was the world record holder with 4:03.85 set winning the 1988 Olympics. German Dagmar Hase was a backstroker who elected to swim the 400 free at the German Trials as a training race and because it would not interfere with her backstroke events. In Barcelona Evans qualified first and Hase second, and Hase said, “I figured the gold would be taken by Evans, but I thought I could get silver or bronze.” Or maybe even better.\n\nIn the final, Evans set a fast pace, hoping to bury the other swimmers, but she never fully dropped Hase, who was only a body length behind at 300 metres. Hase then started gaining on the final two laps and caught Evans 10 metres from the wall, outtouching her in 4:07.18, Evans won silver in 4:07.37, only the ninth fastest time of her career, although she had been slowing each year in this race since 1989.\n\nIn her specialty, the backstroke, Hase did not do as well in Barcelona, winning silver in the 200 back and missing the A final in the 100. By Atlanta in 1996, she was a freestyler, winning bronze in the 200 free, and silvers in the 400 and 800 freestyles. Evans would come back a few days later and defend her Olympic gold medal in the 800 freestyle.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dagmar Hase 22 Germany GER Gold
2 Janet Evans 20 United States USA Silver
3 Hayley Lewis 18 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Erika Hansen 22 United States USA
5 Kerstin Kielgaß 22 Germany GER
6 Isabelle Arnould 21 Belgium BEL
7 Malin Nilsson 18 Sweden SWE
8 Suzu Chiba 16 Japan JPN
9 Philippa Langrell 20 New Zealand NZL
10 Sandra Cam 20 Belgium BEL
11 Irene Dalby 21 Norway NOR
12 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 16 Romania ROU
13 Carla-Creola Negrea 18 Romania ROU
14 Olga Šplíchalová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
15 Manuela Melchiorri 22 Italy ITA
16 Hana Černá 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
17 Mette Jacobsen 19 Denmark DEN QC
18 Julie M. McDonald 22 Australia AUS
19 Samantha Foggo 17 Great Britain GBR
20 Itziar Esparza 17 Spain ESP
21 Jeanine Steenkamp 22 South Africa RSA
22 Yan Ming 22 China CHN
23 Laura Sánchez 20 Mexico MEX
24 Judit Kiss 12 Hungary HUN
25 Elizabeth Arnold 19 Great Britain GBR
26 María José Marenco 15 El Salvador ESA
27 Thanya Sridama 16 Thailand THA
28 Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
29 Erika González 20 Mexico MEX
30 Robyn Lamsam 14 Hong Kong HKG
31 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
32 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
33 Corinne Leclair 22 Mauritius MRI