On Sept 19, 1988, Zhuang Yong became the first Chinese swimmer to win an Olympic medal, with silver in the 100-meter freestyle at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, as seen in this item from China Daily. In 1992, she went one better with gold in the 100-meter freestyle, beating world record holder Jenny Thompson of the United States, at the 25th Olympic Games in Barcelona. It was China's first gold medal in swimming.

This Day, That Year: Sept 19

On Sept 19, 1988, Zhuang Yong became the first Chinese swimmer to win an Olympic medal, with silver in the 100-meter freestyle at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, as seen in this item from China Daily. In 1992, she went one better with gold in the 100-meter freestyle, beating world record holder Jenny Thompson of the United States, at the 25th Olympic Games in Barcelona. It was China's first gold medal in swimming.