| Event type

400 metres Individual Medley, Women

Date18 – 19 September 1988
LocationSu-yeong-jang, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants30 from 22 countries

Kathleen Nord (GDR) had won the 1986 World Championships, but the leader on the 1987 world list was young Romanian Nöemi Ildiko Lung. Lung was an unknown quantity, out much of early 1988 with a sinus infection. However the favorite was American Janet Evans, who was the leader on the 1988 world list, and had been World Swimmer of the Year in 1987, winning this event at the Pan Pacs.

The final began with a false start and then the opening butterfly leg was led by Nord, with Evans in almost a dead-heat for second. But Evans powered through the backstroke, opening up five full seconds on Nord, and leading second-placed Lung by over a second. She would increase her lead on the final two legs, winning over Lung by almost two seconds. Nord finished only fifth, as the bronze was won by her teammate, Daniela Hunger, who would later win the 200 IM in Seoul.

Evans would eventually win three gold medals in Seoul, adding the 400 and 800 freestyles. She would not repeat as World Swimmer of the Year, that honor going to Kristin Otto, based on her six gold medals, but Evans would win it again in 1989 and 1990.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Janet EvansUSA4:43.04 (1 h4)4:37.76 (1)Gold
2Noëmi LungROU4:41.96 (1 h3)4:39.46 (2)Silver
3Daniela HungerGDR4:44.85 (2 h4)4:39.76 (3)Bronze
4Yelena DendeberovaURS4:46.63 (4 h3)4:40.44 (4)
5Kathleen NordGDR4:42.92 (2 h3)4:41.64 (5)
6Jodie ClatworthyAUS4:44.26 (3 h3)4:45.86 (6)
7Lin LiCHN4:48.89 (5 h3)4:47.05 (7)
8Donna ProcterAUS4:47.57 (1 h2)4:47.51 (8)
9Roberta FelottiITA4:49.20 (3 h4)4:49.53 (1)
10Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG4:52.05 (6 h3)4:50.54 (2)
11Erika HansenUSA4:50.03 (3 h2)4:51.93 (3)
12Antoaneta StrumenlievaBUL4:51.58 (4 h2)4:52.33 (4)
13Anette PhilipssonSWE4:53.58 (6 h2)4:52.77 (5)
14Christine MagnierFRA4:51.91 (5 h2)4:53.29 (6)
15Annette PoulsenDEN4:54.01 (7 h2)4:54.40 (7)
16Yan MingCHN4:49.04 (2 h2)4:55.92 (8)
17Anamarija PetričevićYUG4:54.17 (4 h4)
18Suki BrownsdonGBR4:54.66 (5 h4)
19Yoshie NishiokaJPN4:55.31 (6 h4)
20Marianne MuisNED4:56.31 (7 h3)
21Mildred MuisNED4:56.89 (8 h3)
22Irene DalbyNOR4:58.14 (7 h4)
23Hiroyo HaradaJPN5:00.92 (1 h1)
24Tracey AtkinGBR5:01.34 (8 h2)
25Michelle SmithIRL5:01.84 (2 h1)
26Marlene BrutenMEX5:03.69 (3 h1)
27Chang Hui-ChienTPE5:13.20 (4 h1)
28Valentina AracilARG5:19.17 (5 h1)
29Annemarie MunkHKG5:24.11 (6 h1)
30Kim ChenTPE5:28.15 (7 h1)
DNSYuliya BogachovaURS– (DNS h4)

Round One (18 September 1988 — 9:00)

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

Heat One

14Hiroyo HaradaJPN5:00.92
23Michelle SmithIRL5:01.84
35Marlene BrutenMEX5:03.69
47Chang Hui-ChienTPE5:13.20
56Valentina AracilARG5:19.17
61Annemarie MunkHKG5:24.11
72Kim ChenTPE5:28.15

Heat Two

15Donna ProcterAUS4:47.57Q
23Yan MingCHN4:49.04q
34Erika HansenUSA4:50.03q
41Antoaneta StrumenlievaBUL4:51.58q
56Christine MagnierFRA4:51.91q
67Anette PhilipssonSWE4:53.58q
78Annette PoulsenDEN4:54.01q
82Tracey AtkinGBR5:01.34

Heat Three

14Noëmi LungROU4:41.96Q
25Kathleen NordGDR4:42.92Q
33Jodie ClatworthyAUS4:44.26Q
46Yelena DendeberovaURS4:46.63Q
52Lin LiCHN4:48.89Q
61Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG4:52.05q
77Marianne MuisNED4:56.31
88Mildred MuisNED4:56.89

Heat Four

14Janet EvansUSA4:43.04Q
25Daniela HungerGDR4:44.85Q
36Roberta FelottiITA4:49.20q
43Anamarija PetričevićYUG4:54.17
58Suki BrownsdonGBR4:54.66
67Yoshie NishiokaJPN4:55.31
71Irene DalbyNOR4:58.14
DNS2Yuliya BogachovaURS

B Final (19 September 1988 — 12:00)

15Roberta FelottiITA4:49.53
27Birgit Lohberg-SchulzFRG4:50.54
33Erika HansenUSA4:51.93
46Antoaneta StrumenlievaBUL4:52.33
51Anette PhilipssonSWE4:52.77
62Christine MagnierFRA4:53.29
78Annette PoulsenDEN4:54.40
84Yan MingCHN4:55.92

Final (19 September 1988 — 12:00)

13Janet EvansUSA4:37.76
24Noëmi LungROU4:39.46
32Daniela HungerGDR4:39.76
47Yelena DendeberovaURS4:40.44
55Kathleen NordGDR4:41.64
66Jodie ClatworthyAUS4:45.86
78Lin LiCHN4:47.05
81Donna ProcterAUS4:47.51