The Day Janet Evans Clocked A Beamonesque 4:03.85

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

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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

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Dookie

It’s also important to point out that Evans negative split this 400, I believe for the first and only time in her career. Up to that point she was known for going out hard and burning everyone else up. But, mindful of Freiderich’s speed and ability to back-half her races, she went against her nature in the biggest race of her life and held back over the first 200. To do that in such a monumental race took real courage, and makes the swim even more noteworthy.

Lane Four

I agree completely, Dookie.

Craig Lord

Hi Dookie: we do point that out in the review of day 3 finals: http://www.swimvortex.com/silver-lining-to-a-golden-moment-for-dutch-quartet/

Dookie

Hi Craig-

Thanks for pointing that out. Very good write up indeed. Back in my coaching days I used to show the video of Evans’ 400 to my swimmers emphasize the importance of smart splitting. I had a little “David and Goliath” speech I gave with it. Even the boys wanted to be like Janet.

I believe Evan’s performance in Seoul, even though it only garnered three gold medals, is on par with both Spitz and Phelps, given what we know about the GDR now.

Thanks for the memories. Your articles are always the best in the business.

D

Dookie

PS If I recall correctly, Friederich showed up at the Santa Clara Invitational in ’90 or ’91 after the wall had fallen and she and Evans had a photo finish in the 400 with Evans eking out the win. I believe they both went 4:11s. They were both far removed from the speed they showed in Seoul (for different reasons), but I remember actually saying out loud “Heike F-ing Friederich is swimming Santa Clara? Who let her out of the dungeon?”

And then she was gone.

JMott76

John

New playlists channel, starting with 80s/90s swimming:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEo9tLNeX11pj58EE0lowqA/videos?view=1&feature=guide

Every LC global final/WR I can find. Frustrating how little Guayaquil/Madrid currently upped, hopefully copies still exist in an archive somewhere….

Any vids I’ve missed? Please let me know 🙂

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