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Swimming at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Bernat Picornell Pools, Barcelona
Date Started: July 30, 1992
Date Finished: July 30, 1992

Gold: USA Janet Evans
Silver: AUS Hayley Lewis
Bronze: GER Jana Henke


[Janet Evans] was the defending champion, the world record holder with 8:16.22 set in winning the 1989 Pan Pacs, and had not lost at this distance in five years. Yet much the same was true in the 400 freestyle in 1992, and she had lost that race to [Dagmar Hase], taking silver. That would not happen in the 800. Evans went out fast, having a body length over [Hayley Lewis] (AUS) at 200 metres and only opening her margin throughout, winning by eight metres.

This was the fourth, and final, gold medal of Evans’ career, as she had won the 400 and 800 free and 400 IM in Seoul. She made the 1996 Olympic team in this event, but could only finish sixth in the final, and then retired. Or so it seemed. After marriage and having two children, Evans returned to the pool in 2011 with a goal of making the 2012 US Olympic team. But it was not to be. She qualified for the US Olympic Trials in Omaha, but was not close to making the team in either the 400 or 800 freestyle.

Hayley Lewis had an outstanding career in the international pool from 1990-95. She won five World medals, with a 1991 gold in the 200 freestyle, 11 medals at the Commonwealth Games, including seven golds, and won eight medals and two golds at the Pan Pacifics. She then moving to open water swimming, and won a bronze at the 2001 Worlds in the 5 km race. She hoped to qualify for another Olympics in the 10 km open water event, but it was not added to the 2004 Olympic Program.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Janet Evans 20 United States USA Gold
2 Hayley Lewis 18 Australia AUS Silver
3 Jana Henke 18 Germany GER Bronze
4 Philippa Langrell 20 New Zealand NZL
5 Irene Dalby 21 Norway NOR
6 Olga Šplíchalová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Erika Hansen 22 United States USA
8 Isabelle Arnould 21 Belgium BEL
9 Kerstin Kielgaß 22 Germany GER
10 Beatrice Coadă-Căşlaru 16 Romania ROU
11 Carla-Creola Negrea 18 Romania ROU
12 Manuela Melchiorri 22 Italy ITA
13 Samantha Foggo 17 Great Britain GBR
14 Sandra Cam 20 Belgium BEL
15 Julie M. McDonald 22 Australia AUS
16 Itziar Esparza 17 Spain ESP
17 Elizabeth Arnold 19 Great Britain GBR
18 Judit Kiss 12 Hungary HUN
19 Jeanine Steenkamp 22 South Africa RSA
20 María José Marenco 15 El Salvador ESA
21 Laura Sánchez 20 Mexico MEX
22 Claudia Fortin 19 Honduras HON
23 Tanya Sridama 16 Thailand THA
24 Yan Ming 22 China CHN
25 Erika González 20 Mexico MEX