Paul Kingsman claims 200m Backstroke Bronze, Seoul 1988
The 21-year-old Aucklander, trained by Hilton Brown, eventually left Seoul in triumph after a rollercoaster ride to the bronze medal. He went into the Olympics ranked 14th in the world over 200m, but qualified for the final with a time of 2min 02.20s, which made him the second-slowest finalist and left him in lane one, well away from the expected action in the middle of the pool. But Kingsman swam the race of his life. Igor Polyansky, of the Soviet Union, and Frank Baltrusch, of East Germany, were too good, but Kingsman powered home to pass fading former-world record-holder Sergei Zabolotnov, of the Soviet Union, in the final few strokes. His 2min 00.48s time earned him the bronze by four-hundredths of a second.