| Event type

100 metres Backstroke, Women

Date22 September 1988
LocationSu-yeong-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants41 from 30 countries

East German Kristin Otto was trying to win six gold medals in Seoul, and she had already won the 100 freestyle. She was expected to be challenged in the 100 back by Costa Rican Silvia Poll, who led the world lists in 1987, but Otto qualified first with Poll only sixth. In the final Otto was in command for the entire race and was unchallenged in winning her second gold. About an hour later she returned to the pool with the GDR 4 x 100 free relay team and won her third gold, and she would succeed with her goal to win six gold medals in Seoul.

The silver went to surprising Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi, who would later win gold in the 200 backstroke and then become the world’s best backstroker. Bronze was won by Otto’s teammate Cornelia Sirch, as Poll placed only sixth.

In qualifying Australian Karen Lord and Italian Manuela Carosi both swam 1:04.69 to tie for 16th place and the last spot in the B final. They swam off the tie, again finishing in the same time, 1:05.05. They continued on, enduring another swim-off, this one won by Carosi in 1:04.62, but narrowly over Lord, who finished in 1:04.75. In the B final, Carosi, swimming her fourth 100 backstroke in the same day, was able to place third, for 11th overall in the event.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Kristin OttoGDR1:01.45 (1 h6)1:00.89 (1)Gold
2Krisztina EgerszegiHUN1:02.09 (2 h5)1:01.56 (2)Silver
3Cornelia SirchGDR1:01.63 (1 h5)1:01.57 (3)Bronze
4Betsy MitchellUSA1:02.85 (1 h4)1:02.71 (4)
5Beth BarrUSA1:02.63 (2 h6)1:02.78 (5)
6Sylvia PollCRC1:03.21 (3 h5)1:03.34 (6)
7Nicole LivingstoneAUS1:03.26 (3 h6)1:04.15 (7)
8Marion AizporsFRG1:03.27 (4 h6)1:04.19 (8)
9Anca PătrășcoiuROU1:03.29 (2 h4)1:03.33 (1)
10Svenja SchlichtFRG1:03.72 (4 h5)1:03.68 (2)
11Manuela CarosiITA1:04.69 (4 h4)1:05.05 (=1 h7)
12Lori MelienCAN1:04.29 (5 h5)1:03.87 (4)
13Lorenza VigaraniITA1:03.96 (3 h4)1:03.88 (5)
14Jolanda de RoverNED1:04.39 (6 h5)1:04.11 (6)
15Sharon MussonNZL1:04.58 (7 h5)1:04.17 (7)
16Kathy ReadGBR1:04.62 (5 h6)1:04.27 (8)
17Karen LordAUS1:04.69 (6 h6)1:05.05 (=1 h7)
18Sharon PageGBR1:04.75 (8 h5)
19Bistra GospodinovaBUL1:04.91 (5 h4)
=20Laurence GuillouFRA1:05.07 (=6 h4)
=20Eva GyslingSUI1:05.07 (=6 h4)
22Johanna LarssonSWE1:05.10 (7 h6)
23Wang BolinCHN1:05.15 (1 h3)
24Satoko MorishitaJPN1:05.38 (8 h6)
25Sylvia HumeNZL1:05.81 (8 h4)
26Tomoko OnogiJPN1:06.14 (2 h3)
27Michelle SmithIRL1:06.22 (3 h3)
28Akiko ThomsonPHI1:06.51 (4 h3)
29Aileen ConveryIRL1:06.73 (5 h3)
30Hong Ji-HuiKOR1:08.33 (6 h3)
31Rita GarayPUR1:08.58 (7 h3)
32Wang ChiTPE1:09.56 (8 h3)
33Ana FortínHON1:10.10 (1 h2)
34Tricia DuncanISV1:10.37 (2 h2)
35Tsang Wing SzeHKG1:10.50 (3 h2)
36Sharon PickeringFIJ1:12.14 (4 h2)
37Angela BirchFIJ1:13.48 (1 h1)
38Katerine MorenoBOL1:14.42 (2 h1)
39Elsa FreireANG1:15.56 (5 h2)
40Carolina AraujoMOZ1:15.86 (3 h1)
41Carla FernandesANG1:21.58 (6 h2)

Round One (22 September 1988 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

15Angela BirchFIJ1:13.48
24Katerine MorenoBOL1:14.42
33Carolina AraujoMOZ1:15.86

Heat Two

15Ana FortínHON1:10.10
24Tricia DuncanISV1:10.37
33Tsang Wing SzeHKG1:10.50
46Sharon PickeringFIJ1:12.14
52Elsa FreireANG1:15.56
67Carla FernandesANG1:21.58

Heat Three

12Wang BolinCHN1:05.15
24Tomoko OnogiJPN1:06.14
33Michelle SmithIRL1:06.22
48Akiko ThomsonPHI1:06.51
55Aileen ConveryIRL1:06.73
61Hong Ji-HuiKOR1:08.33
77Rita GarayPUR1:08.58
86Wang ChiTPE1:09.56

Heat Four

14Betsy MitchellUSA1:02.85Q
25Anca PătrășcoiuROU1:03.29q
33Lorenza VigaraniITA1:03.96q
46Manuela CarosiITA1:04.69q
51Bistra GospodinovaBUL1:04.91
=67Eva GyslingSUI1:05.07
=68Laurence GuillouFRA1:05.07
82Sylvia HumeNZL1:05.81

Heat Five

14Cornelia SirchGDR1:01.63Q
23Krisztina EgerszegiHUN1:02.09Q
37Sylvia PollCRC1:03.21Q
45Svenja SchlichtFRG1:03.72q
52Lori MelienCAN1:04.29q
61Jolanda de RoverNED1:04.39q
76Sharon MussonNZL1:04.58q
88Sharon PageGBR1:04.75

Heat Six

14Kristin OttoGDR1:01.45Q
25Beth BarrUSA1:02.63Q
33Nicole LivingstoneAUS1:03.26Q
42Marion AizporsFRG1:03.27Q
58Kathy ReadGBR1:04.62q
67Karen LordAUS1:04.69
76Johanna LarssonSWE1:05.10
81Satoko MorishitaJPN1:05.38

Swim-Off for 16th Place - Race 1

=15Manuela CarosiITA1:05.05q
=14Karen LordAUS1:05.05

Swim-Off for 16th Place - Race 2

15Manuela CarosiITA1:04.62q
24Karen LordAUS1:04.75

B Final (22 September 1988 — 20:00)

14Anca PătrășcoiuROU1:03.33
25Svenja SchlichtFRG1:03.68
38Manuela CarosiITA1:03.80
46Lori MelienCAN1:03.87
53Lorenza VigaraniITA1:03.88
62Jolanda de RoverNED1:04.11
77Sharon MussonNZL1:04.17
81Kathy ReadGBR1:04.27

Final (22 September 1988 — 20:00)

14Kristin OttoGDR1:00.89
23Krisztina EgerszegiHUN1:01.56
35Cornelia SirchGDR1:01.57
42Betsy MitchellUSA1:02.71
56Beth BarrUSA1:02.78
67Sylvia PollCRC1:03.34
71Nicole LivingstoneAUS1:04.15
88Marion AizporsFRG1:04.19