Games & medals
Seoul 1988 1988
|#1||Swimming||50 metres Freestyle|
|#1||Swimming||100 metres Freestyle|
|#1||Swimming||100 metres Backstroke|
|#1||Swimming||100 metres Butterfly|
|#1||Swimming||4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay|
|#1||Swimming||4 x 100 metres Medley Relay|
Kristin OTTO biography
Kristin Otto, of the German Democratic Republic, won six gold medals at one Games (1988) to set a women's record for any sport at the Olympics. In Seoul Otto uniquely won gold medals in three different strokes, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly, and her overall performance at the 1988 Games ranks as one of history's greatest sporting achievements. Her gold medals came in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, and both relays. In 1987 at the European Championships she had won five of the same six events, missing only the 50, in which she did not compete. At the World Championships (1982, 1986) she won seven gold medals. Otto set two individual world records and contributed to four relay world records in her career.
Personal Bests: 50 freestyle – 25.49 (1988); 100 freestyle – 54.93 (1994); 100 backstroke – 1:00.89 (1988); 100 butterfly – 59.00 (1988).