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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 50 metres Freestyle

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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: CHN Yang Wenyi
Silver: CHN Zhuang Yong
Bronze: USA Angel Martino

Summary

At Seoul China’s Yang Wenyi had been favored after being the first swimmer to better 25 seconds, but she faltered and finished only second. It started a pattern as she placed second at the 1989 Pan Pacs to [Jenny Thompson] and was only fourth at the 1991 World Championships. She was far from favored in this event in Barcelona. The Olympic final began with a false start by her teammate Zhuang Yong, already the 100 free gold medalist in 1992, and the 1991 World Champion. On the actual start, Yang had the best of it, leading by a shoulder as they started stroking. And she never let up, bettering her world record with 24.79, as Zhuang came on for second.

Bronze went to American Angel Martino in her only individual event. She had been thought to have made the 1988 US Olympic team but was then found to have a positive drug test and did not compete in Seoul. Thompson disappointed, finishing fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yang Wenyi 20 China CHN Gold WR
2 Zhuang Yong 19 China CHN Silver
3 Angel Martino 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Catherine Plewinski 24 France FRA
5 Jenny Thompson 19 United States USA
6 Nataliya Meshcheryakova 20 Unified Team EUN
7 Simone Osygus 23 Germany GER
8 Inge de Bruijn 18 Netherlands NED
9 Lisa Curry-Kenny 30 Australia AUS
10 Kristin Topham 19 Canada CAN
11T Andrea Nugent 23 Canada CAN
11T Marianne Muis 23 Netherlands NED
13 Marianne Kriel 20 South Africa RSA
14 Yevgeniya Yermakova 16 Unified Team EUN
15 Linda Olofsson 19 Sweden SWE
AC r2/2 Franziska van Almsick 14 Germany GER DQ
17 Julie Blaise 16 France FRA
18 Gitta Jensen 20 Denmark DEN
19 Cristina Chiuso 18 Italy ITA
20 Ayako Nakano 19 Japan JPN
21T Claudia Franco 17 Spain ESP
21T Luminiţa Dobrescu 21 Romania ROU
23 Louise Karlsson 18 Sweden SWE
24 Karen Pickering 20 Great Britain GBR
25T Karen Van Wirdum 21 Australia AUS
25T Mette Nørskov Nielsen 17 Denmark DEN
27T Alison Sheppard 19 Great Britain GBR
27T Toni Jeffs 23 New Zealand NZL
29 Martina Moravcová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
30 Diana Ureche 17 Romania ROU
31 Minna Salmela 21 Finland FIN
32 Rania El-Wani 14 Egypt EGY
33 Eva Gysling 25 Switzerland SUI
34T Shina Matsudo 18 Japan JPN
34T Joscelin Yeo 13 Singapore SIN
36 Robyn Lamsam 14 Hong Kong HKG
37 Monica Dahl 17 Namibia NAM
38 Marja Pärssinen-Päivinen 21 Finland FIN
39 Joshua Ikhaghomi 17 Nigeria NGR
40 Shelley Cramer 30 United States Virgin Islands ISV
41 Keren Regal 15 Israel ISR
42 Helga Sigurðardóttir 23 Iceland ISL
43 Vola Hanta Ratsifa Andrihamanana 21 Madagascar MAD
44 Ratiporn Wong 20 Thailand THA
45 Ana Fortin 20 Honduras HON
46 May Ooi 16 Singapore SIN
47 Sharon Pickering 24 Fiji FIJ
48 Paola Peñarrieta 23 Bolivia BOL
49 Sara Casadei 16 San Marino SMR
50 Elsa Freire 17 Angola ANG