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Women's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 26, 1992
Date Finished: July 26, 1992

Gold: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Silver: CHN Lin Li
Bronze: USA Summer Sanders


As of 1991 this event looked to be a contest between China’s [Lin Li], the 1991 World Champion, and American [Summer Sanders], 1991 World runner-up, and 1991 Pan Pac Champion. But Hungary’s backstroke champion [Krisztina Egerszegi] threw a monkey wrench into the works at the 1991 Europeans when she swam this event for the first time internationally, and won gold at that meet. The final would come down to these three battling it out in one of the great IMs in history.

Sanders started it by leading on her specialty, the butterfly leg, but then Egerszegi surged ahead on her specialty, the backstroke, leading by over 1½ seconds at 200 metres. Sanders went ahead again at the end of the breaststroke, as Lin closed on the duo. But Egerszegi had the most left. She took the lead just before the final turn and held it on the last lap to win the gold medal in 4:36.54. Lin also passed Sanders, finishing in 4:36.73, as Sanders’ bronze medal winning time of 4:37.58 was still six seconds ahead of fourth-placed Australian [Hayley Lewis]. The medal-winning times were the third, fourth, and fifth fastest performances of all-time, trailing only the world record from 1982 by East German [Petra Schneider] (4:36.10) and her 1980 Olympic winning time of 4:36.29.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztina Egerszegi 17 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Lin Li 21 China CHN Silver
3 Summer Sanders 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Hayley Lewis 18 Australia AUS
5 Hideko Hiranaka 19 Japan JPN
6 Daniela Hunger 20 Germany GER
7 Eri Kimura 18 Japan JPN
8 Ewa Synowska 17 Poland POL
9 Jana Haas 16 Germany GER
10 Erika Hansen 22 United States USA
11 Joanne Malar 16 Canada CAN
12 Silvia Parera 22 Spain ESP
13 Nancy Sweetnam 18 Canada CAN
14 Hana Černá 18 Czechoslovakia TCH
15 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 16 Romania ROU
16 Jacqui McKenzie 19 Australia AUS
17 Philippa Langrell 20 New Zealand NZL
18 Noëmi Ildiko Lung 24 Romania ROU
19 Céline Bonnet 16 France FRA
20 Yan Ming 22 China CHN
21 Sharron Davies 29 Great Britain GBR
22 Elisenda Pérez 17 Spain ESP
23 Helen Slatter 22 Great Britain GBR
24 Marta Włodkowska 18 Poland POL
25 Jeanine Steenkamp 22 South Africa RSA
26 Michelle Smith 22 Ireland IRL
27 Jill Brukman 19 South Africa RSA
28 Praphalsai Minpraphal 14 Thailand THA
29 Keren Regal 15 Israel ISR
30 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
31 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
AC r1/2 Britta Vestergaard 17 Denmark DEN DQ