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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: July 31, 1992

Gold: HUN Krisztina Egerszegi
Silver: GER Dagmar Hase
Bronze: AUS Nicole Livingstone-Stevenson


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 Germany’s [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.

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