Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 27, 1992
Date Finished: July 27, 1992
At the US Olympic Trials [Anita Nall] had broken the world record in both the prelims and the final, and came to Barcelona as a slight favorite in an event that was relatively wide-open. In the final in Barcelona she led at the start, had a bodylength by 50 metres, and still had one second on the field at 150 metres. But then Japan's [Kyoko Iwasaki] closed quickly, passing Nall near the wall and winning the gold medal. Iwasaki had only turned 14 a few days before this event started. Nall was also passed for silver by China's [Lin Li]. Lin won two other individual medals in Barcelona in the IMs, with silver in the longer race, and gold in the 200. Iwasaki became the youngest swimming gold medalist in Olympic history, a mark that still stands through 2008.