| Event type

200 metres Freestyle, Women

Date20 – 21 September 1988
LocationSu-yeong-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants44 from 29 countries

East German Heike Friedrich was the prohibitive favorite. She had won the 1986 World Championships in the current world record of 1:57.55, and was also 1987 European Champion. The only suspense seemed to be how big her margin would be and if she could better her record. The final was led early by the defending champion, American Mary Wayte, trailed by her teammate, Mitzi Kremer. But Friedrich took control on the third lap, winning in 1:57.65, just off her world mark, with Silvia Poll placing second, which was the first Olympic medal ever won by a Costa Rican athlete. In 1996, her sister, Claudia Poll, would win this event for the first gold medal ever for Costa Rica. The bronze medal went to Friedrich’s teammate, Manuela Stellmach. The Americans fell back on the final laps, with Wayte placing fourth and Kremer sixth.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Heike FriedrichGDR1:59.02 (1 h6)1:57.65 (1)Gold
2Sylvia PollCRC1:59.22 (1 h5)1:58.67 (2)Silver
3Manuela StellmachGDR2:00.30 (2 h5)1:59.01 (3)Bronze
4Mary WayteUSA1:59.50 (2 h6)1:59.04 (4)
5Nataliya TrefilovaURS2:00.54 (1 h4)1:59.24 (5)
6Mitzi KremerUSA2:01.45 (2 h4)2:00.23 (6)
7Stephanie OrtwigFRG2:00.66 (3 h5)2:00.73 (7)
8Cécile PrunierFRA2:01.60 (4 h5)2:02.88 (8)
9Patricia NoallCAN2:02.31 (4 h6)2:00.77 (1)
10Ruth GilfillanGBR2:02.11 (4 h4)2:01.66 (2)
11Mette JacobsenDEN2:01.80 (3 h4)2:01.84 (3)
12Luminița DobrescuROU2:01.93 (3 h6)2:01.98 (4)
13Stela Marian PuraROU2:02.26 (5 h4)2:02.30 (5)
14Chikako NakamoriJPN2:01.76 (5 h5)2:02.31 (6)
15Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG2:02.77 (1 h1)2:02.32 (7)
16Zhuang YongCHN2:02.40 (6 h5)2:14.23 (8)
17Diane van der PlaatsNED2:03.02 (1 h3)
=18Isabelle ArnouldBEL2:03.32 (=5 h6)
=18Suzanne NilssonSWE2:03.32 (=5 h6)
20Sheridan Burge-LopezAUS2:03.42 (7 h5)
21June CroftGBR2:03.63 (7 h6)
22Karin BrienesseNED2:04.36 (6 h4)
23Silvia PersiITA2:04.40 (8 h5)
24Annette Moldrup JørgensenDEN2:04.71 (7 h4)
25Patrícia AmorimBRA2:04.74 (2 h3)
26Susie BaumerAUS2:04.82 (8 h4)
27Nurul Huda AbdullahMAS2:04.85 (3 h3)
28Jane KerrCAN2:04.92 (8 h6)
29Kaori SasakiJPN2:06.18 (4 h3)
30Senda GharbiTUN2:06.60 (5 h3)
31Karen DieffenthalerTTO2:07.09 (6 h3)
32Bryndís ÓlafsdóttirISL2:07.11 (1 h2)
33Rita GarayPUR2:07.44 (7 h3)
34Natasha AguilarCRC2:10.22 (2 h2)
35Patricia KohlmannMEX2:10.36 (8 h3)
36Fenella NgHKG2:10.43 (3 h2)
37Kim Eun-JeongKOR2:10.85 (4 h2)
38Chang Hui-ChienTPE2:11.50 (5 h2)
39Park Ju-RiKOR2:11.53 (6 h2)
40Qian HongCHN2:12.44 (7 h2)
41Catherine FogartyZIM2:13.44 (2 h1)
42Celeste HungHKG2:13.61 (8 h2)
43Angela BirchFIJ2:16.79 (3 h1)
44Cina MunchFIJ2:18.45 (4 h1)
DNSNancy KhalafLBN– (DNS h1)

Round One (20 September 1988 — 9:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final. Places 9-16 advanced to the B Final.

Heat One

12Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG2:02.77q
24Catherine FogartyZIM2:13.44
33Angela BirchFIJ2:16.79
45Cina MunchFIJ2:18.45
DNS6Nancy KhalafLBN

Heat Two

14Bryndís ÓlafsdóttirISL2:07.11
21Natasha AguilarCRC2:10.22
33Fenella NgHKG2:10.43
48Kim Eun-JeongKOR2:10.85
52Chang Hui-ChienTPE2:11.50
67Park Ju-RiKOR2:11.53
75Qian HongCHN2:12.44
86Celeste HungHKG2:13.61

Heat Three

15Diane van der PlaatsNED2:03.02
24Patrícia AmorimBRA2:04.74
32Nurul Huda AbdullahMAS2:04.85
43Kaori SasakiJPN2:06.18
56Senda GharbiTUN2:06.60
68Karen DieffenthalerTTO2:07.09
77Rita GarayPUR2:07.44
81Patricia KohlmannMEX2:10.36

Heat Four

16Nataliya TrefilovaURS2:00.54Q
24Mitzi KremerUSA2:01.45Q
37Mette JacobsenDEN2:01.80q
41Ruth GilfillanGBR2:02.11q
55Stela Marian PuraROU2:02.26q
62Karin BrienesseNED2:04.36
78Annette Moldrup JørgensenDEN2:04.71
83Susie BaumerAUS2:04.82

Heat Five

13Sylvia PollCRC1:59.22Q
24Manuela StellmachGDR2:00.30Q
35Stephanie OrtwigFRG2:00.66Q
46Cécile PrunierFRA2:01.60Q
51Chikako NakamoriJPN2:01.76q
68Zhuang YongCHN2:02.40q
72Sheridan Burge-LopezAUS2:03.42
87Silvia PersiITA2:04.40

Heat Six

14Heike FriedrichGDR1:59.02Q
25Mary WayteUSA1:59.50Q
33Luminița DobrescuROU2:01.93q
46Patricia NoallCAN2:02.31q
=51Isabelle ArnouldBEL2:03.32
=58Suzanne NilssonSWE2:03.32
77June CroftGBR2:03.63
82Jane KerrCAN2:04.92

B Final (21 September 1988 — 12:00)

17Patricia NoallCAN2:00.77
26Ruth GilfillanGBR2:01.66
35Mette JacobsenDEN2:01.84
43Luminița DobrescuROU2:01.98
52Stela Marian PuraROU2:02.30
64Chikako NakamoriJPN2:02.31
78Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG2:02.32
81Zhuang YongCHN2:14.23

Final (21 September 1988 — 12:00)

14Heike FriedrichGDR1:57.65OR
25Sylvia PollCRC1:58.67
36Manuela StellmachGDR1:59.01
43Mary WayteUSA1:59.04
52Nataliya TrefilovaURS1:59.24
61Mitzi KremerUSA2:00.23
77Stephanie OrtwigFRG2:00.73
88Cécile PrunierFRA2:02.88