Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 1992
Coming in to Barcelona [Tom Jager] and [Matt Biondi] had 23 of the 24 fastest times in the event. They had set the last nine world records, with six by Jager. At Seoul, they had won gold and silver, with Biondi winning the gold in a slight upset. But apparently Russian [Aleksandr Popov] had not read all this. He had already won gold in Barcelona in the 100 free. In May he had set a European record of 22.30 in this event and he led the qualifiers with another record of 22.21, although well off Jager's world record of 21.81. Popov won the final in 21.91, the third fastest performance ever, with Biondi second and Jager third. Popov would return to Atlanta in four years and defend both titles in the 50 and 100 free, winning the sprint freestyle double-double. Between 1994 and 2003 he would five individual World titles in the events, three in 100 free and two in 50 free.