| Event type

200 metres Freestyle, Women

Date27 July 1992
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants37 from 26 countries

The 1991 World Champion was Hayley Lewis but she did not make the Australian team for this event. The 1991 Pan Pacs had been won by American Nicole Haislett, who was favored in Lewis’s absence, but the best qualifying time was posted by 14-year-old German Franziska van Almsick, who recorded 1:57.90, the fifth fastest performance of all-time. Van Almsick had first been noticed at the German Nationals in April when she won this race in 2:00.05 before she had turned 14.

In the final, van Almsick went out quickly, leading at 50 metres. Haislett was next to her and was surprised to see the youthful van Almsick swimming next to her lane rope. Haislett moved over and drafted off her, as they swam-for-stroke for most of the race. Haislett did not take the lead until 10 metres from the wall, and outtouched van Almsick, 1:57.90 to 1:58.00.

Van Almsick would win 10 Olympic medals in her career, but never a gold, and this race was as close as she ever came to the top step of the podium. Haislett competed only at one Olympics, 1992, winning three gold medals, with two in relays. At the 1990 Goodwill Games she had become the first American to defeat an East German sprint freestyler, Manuela Stellmach, since 1972.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Nicole HaislettUSA1:59.33 (1 h5)1:57.90 (1)Gold
2Franziska van AlmsickGER1:57.90 (1 h3)1:58.00 (2)Silver
3Kerstin KielgaßGER2:00.55 (2 h3)1:59.67 (3)Bronze
4Catherine PlewinskiFRA2:00.67 (3 h4)1:59.88 (4)
5Luminița DobrescuROU2:00.51 (1 h4)2:00.48 (5)
6Suzu ChibaJPN2:00.96 (3 h5)2:00.64 (6)
7Olga KirichenkoEUN2:00.67 (2 h5)2:00.90 (7)
8Lu BinCHN2:00.56 (2 h4)2:02.10 (8)
9Yelena DendeberovaEUN2:01.28 (4 h4)2:00.09 (1)
10Karen PickeringGBR2:01.09 (4 h3)2:00.33 (2)
11Susie O'NeillAUS2:01.05 (3 h3)2:00.89 (3)
12Malin NilssonSWE2:03.44 (7 h5)2:02.02 (4)
13Mette JacobsenDEN2:01.84 (4 h5)2:02.14 (5)
14Gitta JensenDEN2:02.27 (5 h3)2:02.32 (6)
15Carla-Creola NegreaROU2:03.16 (5 h5)2:02.96 (7)
16Nicole StevensonAUS2:02.50 (6 h4)2:04.21 (8)
17Jenny ThompsonUSA2:01.71 (5 h4)1
18Yoko KoikawaJPN2:03.32 (6 h5)
19Nikki DrydenCAN2:03.59 (6 h3)
20Isabelle ArnouldBEL2:04.06 (7 h3)
21Zhuang YongCHN2:04.12 (8 h5)
22Allison HigsonCAN2:04.25 (1 h2)
23Irene DalbyNOR2:04.28 (7 h4)
24Natalia PulidoESP2:04.39 (2 h2)
25Sandra CamBEL2:04.72 (8 h3)
26Diane van der PlaatsNED2:05.42 (8 h4)
27Rita GarayPUR2:07.08 (3 h2)
28Joscelin YeoSGP2:07.09 (4 h2)
29Akiko ThomsonPHI2:07.95 (1 h1)
30Robyn LamsamHKG2:08.60 (2 h1)
31Rania El-WaniEGY2:08.93 (5 h2)
32María José MarencoESA2:09.36 (3 h1)
33Claudia FortínHON2:12.24 (4 h1)
34Sharon PickeringFIJ2:12.43 (5 h1)
35Corinne LeclairMRI2:12.55 (6 h2)
36May OoiSGP2:13.20 (7 h2)
37Paola PeñarrietaBOL2:15.74 (6 h1)

Round One (27 July 1992 — 10:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Swimmers placing 9th-16th advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

13Akiko ThomsonPHI2:07.95
25Robyn LamsamHKG2:08.60
34María José MarencoESA2:09.36
46Claudia FortínHON2:12.24
57Sharon PickeringFIJ2:12.43
62Paola PeñarrietaBOL2:15.74

Heat Two

15Allison HigsonCAN2:04.25
24Natalia PulidoESP2:04.39
33Rita GarayPUR2:07.08
42Joscelin YeoSGP2:07.09
56Rania El-WaniEGY2:08.93
61Corinne LeclairMRI2:12.55
77May OoiSGP2:13.20

Heat Three

14Franziska van AlmsickGER1:57.90Q
25Kerstin KielgaßGER2:00.55Q
36Susie O'NeillAUS2:01.05q
42Karen PickeringGBR2:01.09q
53Gitta JensenDEN2:02.27q
68Nikki DrydenCAN2:03.59
77Isabelle ArnouldBEL2:04.06
81Sandra CamBEL2:04.72

Heat Four

12Luminița DobrescuROU2:00.51Q
23Lu BinCHN2:00.56Q
35Catherine PlewinskiFRA2:00.67Q
47Yelena DendeberovaEUN2:01.28q
54Jenny ThompsonUSA2:01.71q
66Nicole StevensonAUS2:02.50q
78Irene DalbyNOR2:04.28
81Diane van der PlaatsNED2:05.42

Heat Five

14Nicole HaislettUSA1:59.33Q
27Olga KirichenkoEUN2:00.67Q
33Suzu ChibaJPN2:00.96Q
45Mette JacobsenDEN2:01.84q
58Carla-Creola NegreaROU2:03.16q
62Yoko KoikawaJPN2:03.32
71Malin NilssonSWE2:03.44
86Zhuang YongCHN2:04.12

B Final (27 July 1992 — 18:30)

13Yelena DendeberovaEUN2:00.09
25Karen PickeringGBR2:00.33
34Susie O'NeillAUS2:00.89
48Malin NilssonSWE2:02.02
56Mette JacobsenDEN2:02.14
62Gitta JensenDEN2:02.32
71Carla-Creola NegreaROU2:02.96
87Nicole StevensonAUS2:04.21

Final (27 July 1992 — 18:30)

15Nicole HaislettUSA1:57.90
24Franziska van AlmsickGER1:58.00
36Kerstin KielgaßGER1:59.67
41Catherine PlewinskiFRA1:59.88
53Luminița DobrescuROU2:00.48
68Suzu ChibaJPN2:00.64
77Olga KirichenkoEUN2:00.90
82Lu BinCHN2:02.10