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EVANS Janet
EVANS Janet

Janet EVANS

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Despite her small size and unorthodox swimming style, Janet Evans utterly dominated women’s long- distance swimming.

A natural talent

Janet Evans was a natural born swimmer who was swimming laps in the pool at the age of two. In 1987, aged just 15, Evans broke the world records in the 400m, 800m and 1500m freestyle events. Her achievements were all the more remarkable given her small stature, slight build and unorthodox windmill stroke.

Seoul Games

At the 1988 Seoul Games, Evans dominated every event she entered, winning the 400m individual medley, the 400m freestyle and the 800m freestyle. She broke her own world record in the 400m freestyle and finished almost three metres ahead of her nearest rival in the 800m freestyle.

Defending her titles

Evans entered the 1992 Barcelona Games on a six-year winning streak at 400m. However, she was caught in the last laps and beaten into second place by just 30 centimetres. Two days later, Evans made amends in the 800m, leading from start to finish and winning by eight metres to defend her title.

Lasting achievements

Between 1986 and 1995, Janet Evans won 25 out of 27 major international races at 400m and 22 out of 23 at 800m. Her world record for the 800m freestyle lasted through four Olympic Games until it was finally broken at the 2008 Beijing Games.

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Gallery

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Atlanta 1996-800 m Freestyle-Heat 2, Janet EVANS (USA).
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Janet Evans

22 Jul 1996: Janet Evans of the USA looks on after the Womens 400 Free Style during the 1996 Summer Olympics Games at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: Mike Hewitt /Allsport
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Olympic Swim Trials

7 Mar 1996: Janet Evans in action in the women''s 400m freestyle preliminary event during the US Olympic Swimming Trials held at the Natorium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Stockman/Allsport
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Janet Evans

30 Jul 1992: Janet Evans of the USA holds up her gold medal from swimming during the Barcelona Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Mandatory credit: Gary Newkirk/Allsport
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Janet Evans Wins by Eight Meters

American Janet Evans leads from start to finish to win the 800m freestyle event, claiming her second consecutive gold medal. Evans touches the wall in 8 minutes 25.52 seconds, winning by eight meters to defend her Olympic title. Hayley Lewis of Australia settles for silver and Jana Henke of Germany receives the bronze medal. Swimming 800m Freestyle Women's Final - Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics - Janet Evans (USA), Hayley Lewis (AUS), Jana Henke (GER)
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SEOUL 88 JANET EVANS USA

22 SEP 1988: JANET EVANS OF THE UNITED STATES CELEBRATES HER GOLD MEDAL WIN IN THE WOMEN's 400 METER FREESTYLE EVENT AT THE 1988 SEOUL SUMMER OLYMPICS. EVANS WON THE GOLD IN A WORLD RECORD TIME OF 4:03.85.
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 8:25.52
    Swimming
    800m freestyle women
    S 4:07.37
    Swimming
    400m freestyle women
  • G 4:03.85
    Swimming
    400m freestyle women
    G 8:20.20
    Swimming
    800m freestyle women
    G 4:37.76
    Swimming
    400m individual medley women

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