| Event type

50 metres Freestyle, Women

Date31 July 1992
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants50 from 35 countries

At Seoul China’s Yang Wenyi had been favored after being the first swimmer to better 25 seconds, but she faltered and finished only second. It started a pattern as she placed second at the 1989 Pan Pacs to Jenny Thompson and was only fourth at the 1991 World Championships. She was far from favored in this event in Barcelona. The Olympic final began with a false start by her teammate Zhuang Yong, already the 100 free gold medalist in 1992, and the 1991 World Champion. On the actual start, Yang had the best of it, leading by a shoulder as they started stroking. And she never let up, bettering her world record with 24.79, as Zhuang came on for second.

Bronze went to American Angel Martino in her only individual event. She had been thought to have made the 1988 US Olympic team but was then found to have a positive drug test and did not compete in Seoul. Thompson disappointed, finishing fifth.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Yang WenyiCHN25.84 (2 h7)24.79 (1)Gold
2Zhuang YongCHN25.56 (1 h6)25.08 (2)Silver
3Angel MartinoUSA25.63 (1 h5)25.23 (3)Bronze
4Catherine PlewinskiFRA25.78 (2 h5)25.36 (4)
5Jenny ThompsonUSA25.63 (1 h7)25.37 (5)
6Nataliya MeshcheryakovaEUN25.89 (4 h5)25.47 (6)
7Simone OsygusGER25.79 (2 h6)25.74 (7)
8Inge de BruijnNED25.86 (3 h5)25.84 (8)
9Lisa Curry-KennyAUS26.07 (3 h6)25.87 (1)
10Kristin TophamCAN26.32 (6 h5)26.17 (2)
=11Andrea NugentCAN26.29 (4 h7)26.24 (=3)
=11Marianne MuisNED26.43 (5 h7)26.24 (=3)
13Marianne KrielRSA26.05 (5 h5)26.47 (5)
14Yevgeniya YermakovaEUN26.45 (5 h6)26.49 (6)
15Linda OlofssonSWE26.43 (4 h6)26.51 (7)
16Franziska van AlmsickGER25.96 (3 h7)– (DQ)
17Julie BlaiseFRA26.48 (6 h6)
18Gitta JensenDEN26.54 (6 h7)
19Cristina ChiusoITA26.72 (7 h6)
20Ayako NakanoJPN26.74 (7 h5)
=21Claudia FrancoESP26.76 (=1 h4)
=21Luminița DobrescuROU26.76 (=1 h4)
23Louise KarlssonSWE26.77 (8 h5)
24Karen PickeringGBR26.78 (3 h4)
=25Karen Van WirdumAUS26.80 (8 h6)
=25Mette Nørskov NielsenDEN26.80 (4 h4)
=27Alison SheppardGBR26.90 (=7 h7)
=27Toni JeffsNZL26.90 (=7 h7)
29Martina MoravcováTCH26.92 (5 h4)
30Diana UrecheROU26.96 (6 h4)
31Minna SalmelaFIN27.00 (1 h3)
32Rania El-WaniEGY27.20 (2 h3)
33Eva GyslingSUI27.21 (3 h3)
=34Shina MatsudoJPN27.36 (4 h3)
=34Joscelin YeoSGP27.36 (1 h2)
36Robyn LamsamHKG27.40 (5 h3)
37Monica DahlNAM27.45 (6 h3)
38Marja PäivinenFIN27.49 (2 h2)
39Joshua IkhaghomiNGR27.53 (7 h3)
40Shelley CramerISV27.84 (3 h2)
41Keren RegalISR27.93 (1 h1)
42Helga SigurðardóttirISL27.94 (7 h4)
43Vola Hanta Ratsifa AndrihamananaMAD28.22 (2 h1)
44Ratiporn WongTHA28.42 (4 h2)
45Ana FortínHON28.59 (5 h2)
46May OoiSGP28.77 (6 h2)
47Sharon PickeringFIJ28.90 (3 h1)
48Paola PeñarrietaBOL29.71 (4 h1)
49Sara CasadeiSMR30.05 (5 h1)
50Elsa FreireANG30.17 (6 h1)

Round One (31 July 1992 — 12:00)

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

Heat One

17Keren RegalISR27.93
22Vola Hanta Ratsifa AndrihamananaMAD28.22
35Sharon PickeringFIJ28.90
43Paola PeñarrietaBOL29.71
56Sara CasadeiSMR30.05
64Elsa FreireANG30.17

Heat Two

14Joscelin YeoSGP27.36
25Marja PäivinenFIN27.49
37Shelley CramerISV27.84
43Ratiporn WongTHA28.42
56Ana FortínHON28.59
62May OoiSGP28.77

Heat Three

13Minna SalmelaFIN27.00
26Rania El-WaniEGY27.20
34Eva GyslingSUI27.21
45Shina MatsudoJPN27.36
52Robyn LamsamHKG27.40
67Monica DahlNAM27.45
71Joshua IkhaghomiNGR27.53

Heat Four

=15Luminița DobrescuROU26.76
=13Claudia FrancoESP26.76
34Karen PickeringGBR26.78
46Mette Nørskov NielsenDEN26.80
57Martina MoravcováTCH26.92
62Diana UrecheROU26.96
71Helga SigurðardóttirISL27.94

Heat Five

14Angel MartinoUSA25.63Q
23Catherine PlewinskiFRA25.78Q
35Inge de BruijnNED25.86Q
42Nataliya MeshcheryakovaEUN25.89Q
56Marianne KrielRSA26.05q
68Kristin TophamCAN26.32q
71Ayako NakanoJPN26.74
87Louise KarlssonSWE26.77

Heat Six

15Zhuang YongCHN25.56Q
24Simone OsygusGER25.79Q
33Lisa Curry-KennyAUS26.07q
42Linda OlofssonSWE26.43q
57Yevgeniya YermakovaEUN26.45q
68Julie BlaiseFRA26.48
71Cristina ChiusoITA26.72
86Karen Van WirdumAUS26.80

Heat Seven

14Jenny ThompsonUSA25.63Q
25Yang WenyiCHN25.84Q
33Franziska van AlmsickGER25.96q
46Andrea NugentCAN26.29q
58Marianne MuisNED26.43q
62Gitta JensenDEN26.54
=77Toni JeffsNZL26.90
=71Alison SheppardGBR26.90

B Final (31 July 1992 — 20:00)

13Lisa Curry-KennyAUS25.87
22Kristin TophamCAN26.17
=37Marianne MuisNED26.24
=36Andrea NugentCAN26.24
55Marianne KrielRSA26.47
68Yevgeniya YermakovaEUN26.49
71Linda OlofssonSWE26.51
DQ4Franziska van AlmsickGER

Final (31 July 1992 — 20:00)

17Yang WenyiCHN24.79WR
24Zhuang YongCHN25.08
33Angel MartinoUSA25.23
46Catherine PlewinskiFRA25.36
55Jenny ThompsonUSA25.37
68Nataliya MeshcheryakovaEUN25.47
72Simone OsygusGER25.74
81Inge de BruijnNED25.84