Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992
Swimming rules for backstroke were slightly different in 1992, as no hand touch was required at the turn, a rule put into effect in March 1991. But that did not bother the defending gold medalist, [Krisztina Egerszegi] (HUN), who had dominated the backstroke since Seoul. She held the world record in both events, and had won them both at the 1991 World and European Championships, and already had a gold medal in Barcelona, in the 400 IM.
If there was any doubt Egerszegi erased it in qualifying, leading American [Lea Loveless] by almost four full seconds. The final was a bit closer, but not much, as she won by 2.4 seconds over Germanyâs [Dagmar Hase], who three days earlier had won a surprising gold medal in the 400 freestyle over [Janet Evans]. The bronze went to Australian [Nicole Stevenson], silver medalist in both backstrokes at the 1991 Pan Pacific meet.