Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 1996
Even though swimming is a sport where teenagers often prosper it is still a rare champion that can retire before their 21st birthday, having won five Olympic titles. Such a champion was Hungary’s [Krisztina Egerszegi] and in this, the last individual race of her career, she had the opportunity to take that fifth gold medal and tie the record for the most individual swimming golds.
Two years earlier she had announced plans to retire after the 1994 World Championships but a defeat at the hands of [He Cihong] reinvigorated her and she decided to continue until the Atlanta Games. There was no chance of revenge over He in Atlanta as the Chinese swimmer failed to make the Olympic team in the event.
Egerszegi’s Olympic finale was arguably her most impressive race as she won by the massive margin of 4.15 seconds – the biggest in the history of the event. [Whitney Hedgepeth] of the USA won the silver to add to same medal she won in the shorter backstroke event.