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Swimming at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 25, 1996
Date Finished: July 25, 1996

Gold: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Silver: USA Whitney Hedgepeth
Bronze: GER Cathleen Rund

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztina Egerszegi 21 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Whitney Hedgepeth 25 United States USA Silver
3 Cathleen Rund 18 Germany GER Bronze
4 Anke Scholz 17 Germany GER
5 Miki Nakao 18 Japan JPN
6 Anna Simcic 24 New Zealand NZL
7 Lorenza Vigarani 26 Italy ITA
8 Nina Zhivanevskaya 19 Russia RUS
9 Mai Nakamura 17 Japan JPN
10 Beth Botsford 15 United States USA
11 Chen Yan 17 China CHN
12 Joanne Deakins 23 Great Britain GBR
13 Lee Chang-Ha 19 South Korea KOR
14 Cătălina Casaru 17 Romania ROU
15 Hélène Ricardo 22 France FRA
16 Marianne Kriel 24 South Africa RSA
17 Mette Jacobsen 23 Denmark DEN
18 Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson 25 Australia AUS
19 Izabela Burczyk 24 Poland POL
20 Julie Howard 19 Canada CAN
21 Kateřina Pivoňková 17 Czech Republic CZE
22 Yseult Gervy 17 Belgium BEL
23 Ivette María 21 Spain ESP
24 Lydia Lipscombe 16 New Zealand NZL
25 Anu Koivisto 16 Finland FIN
26 Petra Chaves 18 Portugal POR
27 Maja Grozdanić 15 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
28 Wu Yanyan 18 China CHN
29 Gillian Thomson 21 Philippines PHI
30 Praphalsai Minpraphal 18 Thailand THA
31 Aikaterini Klepkou 24 Greece GRE
32 Dijana Kvesić 19 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH
33 Lin Chi-Chan 16 Chinese Taipei TPE