Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988
The 1986 World Champion was [Kristin Otto], who won golds in four individual events in Seoul, but skipped this one. In her absence there was no real favorite although in 1988 picking an East German to win was a pretty good bet. And 16-year-old [Daniela Hunger] came through for the gold medal, winning in 2:12.59, the fifth-fastest time ever, and the fastest in four years, which put her third on the all-time performer list. Hunger also won bronze in the 400 IM in Seoul and in Barcelona, would add a bronze in the 200 IM.
The final was led by American [Whitney Hedgepeth] at 100 metres, but she flagged badly and would finish last. Silver went to Soviet [Yelena Dendeberova], silver medalist at the 1986 Worlds behind Otto. The top American was [Mary Wayte], who seemed to have qualified third in prelims, only to be disqualified for an illegal kick on her breaststroke leg.