| Event type

200 metres Butterfly, Women

Date31 July 1992
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants32 from 23 countries

Summer Sanders (USA) had won this event at the 1990 Goodwill Games, and the 1991 Worlds and Pan Pacs, and was favored in Barcelona. She was swimming an ambitious program in 1992, and had already faltered on the final laps of both individual medleys, although she won silver in the 200 and bronze in the 400 IM. She had also failed to medal in the 100 fly, and this was the last chance for individual gold at an Olympics which the American press had expected to be the Summer of Summer. And the prelims were led by Australian Susie O’Neill, barely ahead of Sanders.

O’Neill set out at world record pace, and held that through 100 metres, leading China’s Wang Xiaohong, with Sanders third. That trio held through 150 metres, with O’Neill opening on Wang, but Sanders closing the gap. And on the final lap Sanders was the strongest coming home to win in 2:08.67, as O’Neill faded, and Wang barely touched her out for the silver. O’Neill had set such a fast pace that she pulled home the first seven finishers in personal bests.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Summer SandersUSA2:10.58 (2 h5)2:08.67 (1)Gold
2Wang XiaohongCHN2:11.83 (2 h4)2:09.01 (2)Silver
3Susie O'NeillAUS2:10.47 (1 h5)2:09.03 (3)Bronze
4Mika HarunaJPN2:11.21 (1 h4)2:09.88 (4)
5Rie ShitoJPN2:11.00 (1 h3)2:10.24 (5)
6Angie Wester-KriegUSA2:12.00 (3 h4)2:11.46 (6)
7Mette JacobsenDEN2:13.18 (2 h3)2:11.87 (7)
8Ilaria TocchiniITA2:13.03 (3 h5)2:13.78 (8)
9Hayley LewisAUS2:14.50 (4 h5)2:13.11 (1)
10Cécile JeansonFRA2:13.23 (3 h3)2:13.40 (2)
11Ewa SynowskaPOL2:14.58 (4 h4)2:13.61 (3)
12Anna UryniukPOL2:14.91 (1 h2)2:14.44 (4)
13Samantha PurvisGBR2:15.04 (5 h4)2:14.47 (5)
14Iuliana PantelimonROU2:15.44 (4 h3)2:14.95 (6)
=15Berit PuggaardDEN2:16.11 (5 h5)2:15.07 (=7)
=15María PeláezESP2:15.77 (5 h3)2:15.07 (=7)
17María Luisa FernándezESP2:16.18 (6 h3)
18Nataša MeškovskaIOA2:16.54 (6 h5)
19Joana ArantesPOR2:16.56 (6 h4)
20Timea TothISR2:16.84 (7 h4)
21Corina DumitruROU2:16.86 (7 h5)
22Nataliya YakovlevaEUN2:19.02 (8 h4)
23Jacinthe PineauCAN2:19.44 (7 h3)
24Helen SlatterGBR2:20.45 (2 h2)
25Praphalsai MinpraphalTHA2:20.48 (1 h1)
26Bettina UstrowskiGER2:21.49 (2 h1)
27Anja MargetićBIH2:21.56 (3 h1)
28Blanca MoralesGUA2:21.97 (3 h2)
29Qian HongCHN2:22.77 (8 h5)
30Jeanine SteenkampRSA2:25.24 (4 h2)
31Claudia FortínHON2:26.92 (4 h1)
32May OoiSGP2:26.97 (5 h1)
DNSBrigitte BecueBEL– (DNS h3)

Round One (31 July 1992 — 10:00)

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

Heat One

15Praphalsai MinpraphalTHA2:20.48
24Bettina UstrowskiGER2:21.49
32Anja MargetićBIH2:21.56
46Claudia FortínHON2:26.92
53May OoiSGP2:26.97

Heat Two

14Anna UryniukPOL2:14.91q
23Helen SlatterGBR2:20.45
32Blanca MoralesGUA2:21.97
45Jeanine SteenkampRSA2:25.24

Heat Three

14Rie ShitoJPN2:11.00Q
25Mette JacobsenDEN2:13.18Q
33Cécile JeansonFRA2:13.23q
47Iuliana PantelimonROU2:15.44q
56María PeláezESP2:15.77q
61María Luisa FernándezESP2:16.18
72Jacinthe PineauCAN2:19.44
DNS8Brigitte BecueBEL

Heat Four

15Mika HarunaJPN2:11.21Q
24Wang XiaohongCHN2:11.83Q
33Angie Wester-KriegUSA2:12.00Q
47Ewa SynowskaPOL2:14.58q
56Samantha PurvisGBR2:15.04q
68Joana ArantesPOR2:16.56
71Timea TothISR2:16.84
82Nataliya YakovlevaEUN2:19.02

Heat Five

15Susie O'NeillAUS2:10.47Q
24Summer SandersUSA2:10.58Q
36Ilaria TocchiniITA2:13.03Q
43Hayley LewisAUS2:14.50q
52Berit PuggaardDEN2:16.11q
61Nataša MeškovskaIOA2:16.54
77Corina DumitruROU2:16.86
88Qian HongCHN2:22.77

B Final (31 July 1992 — 18:30)

15Hayley LewisAUS2:13.11
24Cécile JeansonFRA2:13.40
33Ewa SynowskaPOL2:13.61
46Anna UryniukPOL2:14.44
52Samantha PurvisGBR2:14.47
67Iuliana PantelimonROU2:14.95
=71Berit PuggaardDEN2:15.07
=78María PeláezESP2:15.07

Final (31 July 1992 — 18:30)

15Summer SandersUSA2:08.67
22Wang XiaohongCHN2:09.01
34Susie O'NeillAUS2:09.03
46Mika HarunaJPN2:09.88
53Rie ShitoJPN2:10.24
67Angie Wester-KriegUSA2:11.46
78Mette JacobsenDEN2:11.87
81Ilaria TocchiniITA2:13.78