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400 metres Individual Medley, Women

Date26 July 1992
LocationPiscinas Bernat Picornell, Barcelona
Participants32 from 21 countries

As of 1991 this event looked to be a contest between China’s Lin Li, the 1991 World Champion, and American Summer Sanders, 1991 World runner-up, and 1991 Pan Pac Champion. But Hungary’s backstroke champion Krisztina Egerszegi threw a monkey wrench into the works at the 1991 Europeans when she swam this event for the first time internationally, and won gold at that meet. The final would come down to these three battling it out in one of the great IMs in history.

Sanders started it by leading on her specialty, the butterfly leg, but then Egerszegi surged ahead on her specialty, the backstroke, leading by over 1½ seconds at 200 metres. Sanders went ahead again at the end of the breaststroke, as Lin closed on the duo. But Egerszegi had the most left. She took the lead just before the final turn and held it on the last lap to win the gold medal in 4:36.54. Lin also passed Sanders, finishing in 4:36.73, as Sanders’ bronze medal winning time of 4:37.58 was still six seconds ahead of fourth-placed Australian Hayley Lewis. The medal-winning times were the third, fourth, and fifth fastest performances of all-time, trailing only the world record from 1982 by East German Petra Schneider (4:36.10) and her 1980 Olympic winning time of 4:36.29.

PosSwimmerNOCR1B FinalFinal
1Krisztina EgerszegiHUN4:43.83 (1 h4)4:36.54 (1)Gold
2Lin LiCHN4:45.74 (1 h3)4:36.73 (2)Silver
3Summer SandersUSA4:43.95 (1 h2)4:37.58 (3)Bronze
4Hayley LewisAUS4:46.57 (3 h2)4:43.75 (4)
5Hideko HiranakaJPN4:47.92 (4 h3)4:46.24 (5)
6Daniela HungerGER4:47.39 (3 h3)4:47.57 (6)
7Eri KimuraJPN4:46.17 (2 h3)4:47.78 (7)
8Ewa SynowskaPOL4:46.00 (2 h2)4:53.32 (8)
9Jana HaasGER4:49.93 (3 h4)4:47.74 (1)
10Erika HansenUSA4:48.13 (2 h4)4:48.37 (2)
11Joanne MalarCAN4:52.85 (5 h3)4:48.52 (3)
12Silvia PareraESP4:50.16 (4 h4)4:48.77 (4)
13Nancy SweetnamCAN4:52.41 (6 h4)4:50.17 (5)
14Hana ČernáTCH4:52.21 (5 h2)4:50.30 (6)
15Beatrice CoadăROU4:48.12 (4 h2)4:50.60 (7)
16Jacqui McKenzieAUS4:51.80 (5 h4)4:52.04 (8)
17Phillippa LangrellNZL4:53.62 (1 h1)
18Noëmi LungROU4:53.91 (6 h3)
19Céline BonnetFRA4:54.70 (6 h2)
20Yan MingCHN4:54.93 (7 h4)
21Sharron DaviesGBR4:56.44 (7 h2)
22Elisenda PérezESP4:56.78 (7 h3)
23Helen SlatterGBR4:58.24 (8 h3)
24Marta WłodkowskaPOL4:58.30 (8 h4)
25Jeanine SteenkampRSA4:58.48 (2 h1)
26Michelle SmithIRL4:58.94 (3 h1)
27Jill BrukmanRSA5:03.34 (4 h1)
28Praphalsai MinpraphalTHA5:04.95 (5 h1)
29Keren RegalISR5:07.97 (6 h1)
30May OoiSGP5:08.19 (7 h1)
31Claudia FortínHON5:09.84 (8 h1)
DQBritta VestergaardDEN– (DQ h2)

Round One (26 July 1992 — 11:00)

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

Heat One

13Phillippa LangrellNZL4:53.62
24Jeanine SteenkampRSA4:58.48
35Michelle SmithIRL4:58.94
42Jill BrukmanRSA5:03.34
56Praphalsai MinpraphalTHA5:04.95
67Keren RegalISR5:07.97
78May OoiSGP5:08.19
81Claudia FortínHON5:09.84

Heat Two

14Summer SandersUSA4:43.95Q
26Ewa SynowskaPOL4:46.00Q
33Hayley LewisAUS4:46.57Q
45Beatrice CoadăROU4:48.12q
52Hana ČernáTCH4:52.21q
67Céline BonnetFRA4:54.70
71Sharron DaviesGBR4:56.44
DQ8Britta VestergaardDEN

Heat Three

14Lin LiCHN4:45.74Q
26Eri KimuraJPN4:46.17Q
35Daniela HungerGER4:47.39Q
43Hideko HiranakaJPN4:47.92Q
52Joanne MalarCAN4:52.85q
68Noëmi LungROU4:53.91
71Elisenda PérezESP4:56.78
87Helen SlatterGBR4:58.24

Heat Four

14Krisztina EgerszegiHUN4:43.83Q
25Erika HansenUSA4:48.13q
32Jana HaasGER4:49.93q
41Silvia PareraESP4:50.16q
56Jacqui McKenzieAUS4:51.80q
63Nancy SweetnamCAN4:52.41q
77Yan MingCHN4:54.93
88Marta WłodkowskaPOL4:58.30

B Final (26 July 1992 — 18:30)

13Jana HaasGER4:47.74
25Erika HansenUSA4:48.37
38Joanne MalarCAN4:48.52
46Silvia PareraESP4:48.77
51Nancy SweetnamCAN4:50.17
67Hana ČernáTCH4:50.30
74Beatrice CoadăROU4:50.60
82Jacqui McKenzieAUS4:52.04

Final (26 July 1992 — 18:30)

14Krisztina EgerszegiHUN4:36.54
23Lin LiCHN4:36.73
35Summer SandersUSA4:37.58
47Hayley LewisAUS4:43.75
58Hideko HiranakaJPN4:46.24
61Daniela HungerGER4:47.57
72Eri KimuraJPN4:47.78
86Ewa SynowskaPOL4:53.32