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Swimming at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 22, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988

Gold: GDR Kristin Otto
Silver: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Bronze: GDR Cornelia Sirch


East German [Kristin Otto] was trying to win six gold medals in Seoul, and she had already won the 100 freestyle. She was expected to be challenged in the 100 back by Costa Rican [Silvia Poll], who led the world lists in 1987, but Otto qualified first with Poll only sixth. In the final Otto was in command for the entire race and was unchallenged in winning her second gold. About an hour later she returned to the pool with the GDR 4 x 100 free relay team and won her third gold, and she would succeed with her goal to win six gold medals in Seoul.

The silver went to surprising Hungarian [Krisztina Egerszegi], who would later win gold in the 200 backstroke and then become the world’s best backstroker. Bronze was won by Otto’s teammate [Cornelia Sirch], as Poll placed only sixth.

In qualifying Australian [Karen Lord] and Italian [Manuela Carosi] both swam 1:04.69 to tie for 16th place and the last spot in the B final. They swam off the tie, again finishing in the same time, 1:05.05. They continued on, enduring another swim-off, this one won by Carosi in 1:04.62, but narrowly over Lord, who finished in 1:04.75. In the B final, Carosi, swimming her fourth 100 backstroke in the same day, was able to place third, for 11th overall in the event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kristin Otto 22 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Krisztina Egerszegi 14 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Cornelia Sirch 21 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Betsy Mitchell 22 United States USA
5 Beth Barr 16 United States USA
6 Silvia Poll 17 Costa Rica CRC
7 Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson 17 Australia AUS
8 Marion Aizpors 27 West Germany FRG
9 Aneta Pătrăşcoiu 20 Romania ROU
10 Svenja Schlicht 21 West Germany FRG
11 Manuela Carosi 23 Italy ITA
12 Lori Melien 16 Canada CAN
13 Lorenza Vigarani 18 Italy ITA
14 Jolanda de Rover 24 Netherlands NED
15 Sharon Musson 18 New Zealand NZL
16 Kathy Read 19 Great Britain GBR
17 Karen Lord 18 Australia AUS
18 Sharon Page 17 Great Britain GBR
19 Bistra Gospodinova 22 Bulgaria BUL
20T Laurence Guillou 18 France FRA
20T Eva Gysling 21 Switzerland SUI
22 Johanna Larsson 16 Sweden SWE
23 Wang Bolin 17 China CHN
24 Satoko Morishita 14 Japan JPN
25 Sylvia Hume 20 New Zealand NZL
26 Tomoko Onogi 18 Japan JPN
27 Michelle Smith 18 Ireland IRL
28 Gillian Thomson 13 Philippines PHI
29 Aileen Convery 19 Ireland IRL
30 Hong Ji-Hui 15 South Korea KOR
31 Rita Garay 17 Puerto Rico PUR
32 Wang Chi 18 Chinese Taipei TPE
33 Ana Fortin 16 Honduras HON
34 Tricia Duncan 15 United States Virgin Islands ISV
35 Tsang Wing Sze 16 Hong Kong HKG
36 Sharon Pickering 20 Fiji FIJ
37 Angela Birch 14 Fiji FIJ
38 Katerine Moreno 14 Bolivia BOL
39 Elsa Freire 14 Angola ANG
40 Carolina Araujo 17 Mozambique MOZ
41 Carla Fernandes 14 Angola ANG