at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
|Venue||Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool|
|Dates||18 – 25 September 1988|
|No. of events||31|
| Swimming at the|
1988 Summer Olympics
The 1988 Summer Olympics took place in Seoul, South Korea. The swimming competition, held from September 18 to September 25, was notable for the seven medals, including five golds, won by Matt Biondi, the six golds won by Kristin Otto, and the three individual golds won by Janet Evans. 633 participants from 77 countries were competing.
|1||East Germany (GDR)||11||8||9||28|
|2||United States (USA)||8||6||4||18|
|4||Soviet Union (URS)||2||2||5||9|
|Great Britain (GBR)||1||1||1||3|
|West Germany (FRG)||1||1||1||3|
|14||Costa Rica (CRC)||0||1||0||1|
|New Zealand (NZL)||0||0||2||2|
|Totals (22 nations)||31||31||32||94|
The swimming program for 1988 included two new events, the men's and women's 50 m freestyle, bringing the total number of events to 31.
The following events were contested:
All dates are in 1988.
|date||Morning session||Afternoon session|
|Sept.18||no competition||women's 100 freestyle (prelims) |
men's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 400 I.M. (prelims)
men's 200 freestyle (prelims)
|Sept.19||women's 100 freestyle (finals) |
men's 100 breaststroke (finals)
women's 400 I.M. (finals)
men's 200 freestyle (finals)
|Sept.20||men's 100 butterfly (prelims) |
women's 200 freestyle (prelims)
men's 400 I.M. (prelims)
women's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
|Sept.21||men's 100 butterfly (finals) |
women's 200 freestyle (finals)
men's 400 I.M. (finals)
women's 200 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x200 Freestyle Relay (finals)
|Sept.22||women's 400 freestyle (prelims) |
men's 100 freestyle (prelims)
women's 100 backstroke (prelims)
men's 200 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Free Relay
|women's 400 freestyle (finals) |
men's 100 freestyle (finals)
women's 100 backstroke (finals)
men's 200 backstroke (finals)
women's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
|Sept.23||men's 400 freestyle (prelims) |
women's 100 butterfly (prelims)
men's 200 breaststroke (prelims)
women's 100 breaststroke (prelims)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (prelims)
women's 800 freestyle (prelims)
|men's 400 freestyle (final) |
women's 100 butterfly (finals)
men's 200 breaststroke (finals)
women's 100 breaststroke (finals)
men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay (finals)
|Sept.24||men's 200 butterfly (prelims) |
women's 200 I.M. (prelims)
men's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 100 backstroke (prelims)
women's 4x100 Medley Relay (prelims)
men's 1500 freestyle (prelims)
|women's 200 I.M. (finals) |
men's 200 butterfly (finals)
men's 50 freestyle (finals)
women's 800 freestyle (finals)
men's 100 backstroke (finals)
women's 4×100 medley relay (finals)
|Sept.25||women's 200 butterfly (prelims) |
men's 200 I.M. (prelims)
women's 50 freestyle (prelims)
men's 4×100 medley relay (prelims)
women's 200 backstroke (prelims)
|men's 200 I.M. (finals) |
women's 200 butterfly (finals)
women's 50 freestyle (finals)
men's 1500 freestyle (finals)
women's 200 backstroke (finals)
men's 4×100 medley relay (finals)
|50 m freestyle|| Matt Biondi |
|22.14 (WR)|| Tom Jager |
|22.36|| Gennadiy Prigoda |
|100 m freestyle|| Matt Biondi |
|48.63 (OR)|| Chris Jacobs |
|49.08|| Stéphan Caron |
|200 m freestyle || Duncan Armstrong |
|1:47.25 (WR)|| Anders Holmertz |
|1:47.89|| Matt Biondi |
|400 m freestyle || Uwe Dassler |
|3:46.95 (WR)|| Duncan Armstrong |
|3:47.15|| Artur Wojdat |
|1500 m freestyle || Vladimir Salnikov |
|15:00.40|| Stefan Pfeiffer |
|15:02.69|| Uwe Dassler |
|100 m backstroke || Daichi Suzuki |
|55.05|| David Berkoff |
|55.18|| Igor Polyansky |
|200 m backstroke || Igor Polyansky |
|1:59.37|| Frank Baltrusch |
|1:59.60|| Paul Kingsman |
|100 m breaststroke || Adrian Moorhouse |
|1:02.04|| Károly Güttler |
|1:02.05|| Dmitry Volkov |
|200 m breaststroke || József Szabó |
|2:13.52|| Nick Gillingham |
|2:14.12|| Sergio López Miró |
|100 m butterfly || Anthony Nesty |
|53.00 (OR)|| Matt Biondi |
|53.01|| Andy Jameson |
|200 m butterfly || Michael Gross |
|1:56.94 (OR)|| Benny Nielsen |
|1:58.24|| Anthony Mosse |
|200 m individual medley|| Tamás Darnyi |
|2:00.17 (WR)|| Patrick Kühl |
|2:01.61|| Vadim Yaroshchuk |
|400 m individual medley|| Tamás Darnyi |
|4:14.75 (WR)|| David Wharton |
|4:17.36|| Stefano Battistelli |
|4 × 100 m freestyle relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:16.53 (WR)|| Soviet Union (URS)|
|3:18.33|| East Germany (GDR)|
|4 × 200 m freestyle relay|| United States (USA)|
|7:12.51 (WR)|| East Germany (GDR)|
|7:13.68|| West Germany (FRG)|
|4 × 100 m medley relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:36.93|| Canada (CAN)|
|3:39.28|| Soviet Union (URS)|
* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.
|50 m freestyle|| Kristin Otto |
|25.49 (OR)|| Yang Wenyi |
|25.64|| Jill Sterkel |
| Katrin Meissner |
|100 m freestyle || Kristin Otto |
|54.93|| Zhuang Yong |
|55.47|| Catherine Plewinski |
|200 m freestyle || Heike Friedrich |
|1:57.65 (OR)|| Silvia Poll |
|1:58.67|| Manuela Stellmach |
|400 m freestyle || Janet Evans |
|4:03.85 (WR)|| Heike Friedrich |
|4:05.94|| Anke Möhring |
|800 m freestyle || Janet Evans |
|8:20.20 (OR)|| Astrid Strauß |
|8:22.09|| Julie McDonald |
|100 m backstroke || Kristin Otto |
|1:00.89|| Krisztina Egerszegi |
|1:01.56|| Cornelia Sirch |
|200 m backstroke || Krisztina Egerszegi |
|2:09.29 (OR)|| Katrin Zimmermann |
|2:10.61|| Cornelia Sirch |
|100 m breaststroke || Tanya Dangalakova |
|1:07.95 (OR)|| Antoaneta Frenkeva |
|1:08.74|| Silke Hörner |
|200 m breaststroke || Silke Hörner |
|2:26.71 (WR)|| Huang Xiaomin |
|2:27.49|| Antoaneta Frenkeva |
|100 m butterfly || Kristin Otto |
|59.00 (OR)|| Birte Weigang |
|59.45|| Hong Qian |
|200 m butterfly || Kathleen Nord |
|2:09.51|| Birte Weigang |
|2:09.91|| Mary T. Meagher |
|200 m individual medley || Daniela Hunger |
|2:12.59 (OR)|| Yelena Dendeberova |
|2:13.31|| Noemi Lung |
|400 m individual medley || Janet Evans |
|4:37.76|| Noemi Lung |
|4:39.46|| Daniela Hunger |
|4 × 100 m freestyle relay || East Germany (GDR)|
|3:40.63|| Netherlands (NED)|
Conny van Bentum
Diana van der Plaats*
|3:43.39|| United States (USA)|
|4 × 100 m medley relay || East Germany (GDR)|
|4:03.74|| United States (USA)|
Mary T. Meagher*
|4:07.90|| Canada (CAN)|
* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.
633 swimmers from 77 nations competed.
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