We conclude our Seoul 1988, 25 Years On, anniversary special with Anthony Nesty, a pioneer for his country, ethnicity and sport; “I knew I had a chance to win the race. I knew I was going to be in the top three” – Nesty
Seoul – 25 Years On
Welcome to our 25th Anniversary Special of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.
A quarter of a century has passed since Matt Biondi and Janet Evans stole the show for the USA in South Korea and Kristin Otto, as the last GDR swimmer to win Olympic gold in the pool bagged six titles at the helm of the last wave of East German dominance before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revelations that followed. Seoul was the Games of Anthony Nesty (SUR) and Tamas Darnyi (HUN). It was the place where coach Laszlo Kiss played hide and seek to keep a young teen in his charge from getting board in the Olympic Village. Krisztina Egerszegi picked up the first of her five solo golds in 1988. It was where we witnessed the last stand of Vladimir Salnikov, the last Soviet Olympic swimming champion, and the last Games and gold for Michael Gross (FRG). And then there was Duncan Armstrong, his coach Laurie Lawrence and the ABC reported who got his jaw broken; Mary T’ Meagher’s swansong.
Our Quarter-Century Recall:
We reach the last of six days of finals in our Seoul 1988 – 25 Years On – anniversary special. This was the day of Hungarians Tamas Darnyi and Krisztina Egerszegi; the day when Vladimir Salnikov became the last Olympic swimming champion for the Soviet Union and Kristin Otto the last Olympic swim champion from the GDR; and Matt Biondi took his tally of medals to seven with a fifth gold as a member of the US medley relay
On this day 25 years ago as the swimming at the Seoul, Vladimir Valeryevich Salnikov celebrated a golden comeback that made him the only man ever to win the same Olympic swimming title eight years apart and, at 28, the oldest champion since 28-year-old Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) retained the 200m breaststroke crown in 1932
On this day 25 years ago, Hungary celebrated the ascent of two of the all-time greats of swimming: on the last day of action at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games Tamas Darnyi and 14-year-old Krisztina Egerszegi claimed gold
On this day 25 years ago at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korean, Japan’s Daichi Suzuki made history when he beat American David Berkoff and Russian Igor Polianski at their own game of submarinery to claim the Olympic 100m backstroke crown; SwimVortex.com catches up with the champ to hear him talk tactics
Seoul 1988 – 25 Years On – on this day a quarter of a century ago, Olympic gold went to Daniela Hunger, Michael Gross, Janet Evans, Matt Biondi, Daichi Suzuki and the GDR women’s 4x100m medley quartet
We reach day 4 of finals in our Seoul 1988 – 25 Years On – anniversary special, a day of triumph for East Germans Uwe Dassler and Kristin Otto, József Szabó, Tania Bogomilova/Dangalakova and Matt Biondi and the US 4x100m free quartet; Dangalakova’s winning 1:07.95 remains the national record, while Dangalakova and Frenkeva still to this day account for the fastest 46 performances ever by Bulgarian women over 100m breaststroke
Seoul ’88 – 25 Years On: On this day, Janet Evans clocked 4:03.85 over 400m free. The American distance freestyler redefined her events, her best times still competitive a quarter century later
We reach day 3 of finals in our Seoul 1988 – 25 Years On – anniversary special: this was the day of Janet Evans and Beamonesque 4:03.85 in the 400m free; of Matt Biondi and a 48.63 100 free win that would remain Olympic record until Sydney 2000. victory for Igor Polianski (URS) and golds No 2 and 3 for Kristin Otto (GDR) – and a golden moment with a silver lining for the Dutch 4x100m free quartet
Seoul 1888 – 25 Years On: the further rise of Tamas Darnyi and how Anthony Nesty pipped Matt Biondi in the 100 ‘fly before Biondi fought back for 4x200m free relay gold in world-record time
SEOUL ’88 – 25 Years On: Kristin Otto, Matt Biondi and Janet Evans, all featured on the podium in day 1 finals but not all won gold, Adrian Moorhouse and Duncan Armstrong among winners
As part of our series Seoul – 25 Years On, we remind ourselves of the last Olympic stand of the GDR and its Sporting Crime of the Century at the Games that gave us six golds for Kristin Otto in the pool as world sport was rocked by Ben Johnson and his inflated sprint on the track on a diet of doping
Seoul ’88 special, 25 years on: After a decade of dominating on butterfly events like we’d never seen before, Meagher made the podium once more at the 1988 Games as she bid farewell to a glorious career, one also defined by robbery and redemption
As the gold medalist in the 100 back from the 1987 Pan Pacific Championships, Tewksbury had every reason to believe he could reach the Olympic podium at Seoul 1988 – but he found himself locked out. He fought on and took gold in 1992 but his story of overcoming adversity and struggle spilled beyond the pool into his personal life
Seoul – 25 Years On; part 3: thousands of eyes centered on Michael Gross. Thousands of eyes focused on Matt Biondi. In less than two minutes, however, Duncan Armstrong ruled the world – and coach Lawrie Lawrence broke a reporter’s jaw, asking back: “How do you think I feel? What do you think we come here for, mate? Silver? Stuff the silver. We come for the gold”.
Seoul ’88 – 25 Years On: If a Mount Rushmore for men’s swimming is ever constructed in the United States, the choices for inclusion would be simple: Johnny Weissmuller, Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps. The other slot would go to Matt Biondi, the Californian who accumulated 11 Olympic medals over three Games and took seven in 1988. He talks to John Lohn
This September marks the 25th anniversary of the Seoul Olympics of 1988. Today we start a new series reflecting on ’88 with Matt Biondi. In the coming weeks and months we’ll dip back into time with Evans (left), Salnikov, Darnyi, Egerszegi, Nesty, Armstrong, the only six-gold medal result for a woman, Kristin Otto, before the Fall of the Berlin Wall and more