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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 20, 1976
Date Finished: July 21, 1976

Gold: GDR Ulrike Richter
Silver: GDR Birgit Treiber
Bronze: CAN Nancy Garapick

Summary

As with every other major backstroke event since Munich the scenario was as follows: Ulrike Richter was in the race, therefore, Ulrike Richter won the race, usually in a world record. Since 1972 Richter had won the 1973 and 1975 World Championships, the 1974 European Championships, and had set nine world records in the 100 backstroke. The only major backstroke she has lost in four years came at the 1976 GDR Olympic Trials, when Kornelia Ender defeated her and briefly claimed the world record, which Richter regained two days later opening the medley relay. Ender was the women’s star of the Montréal Olympics, but did not contest the 100 backstroke which left it open for Richter. She easily won the gold medal over her teammate, Birgit Treiber, with her only disappointment being that the world record stayed intact. Canadians Nancy Garapick and Wendy Cook-Hogg placed 3-4, as the top four finished in same places as they had at the 1975 World Championship.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ulrike Richter 17 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Birgit Treiber 16 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Nancy Garapick 14 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Wendy Cook-Hogg 19 Canada CAN
5 Cheryl Gibson 16 Canada CAN
6 Nadiya Stavko 18 Soviet Union URS
7 Antje Stille 14 East Germany GDR
8 Diane Edelijn 16 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r2/3 Klavdiya Studennikova 17 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r2/3 Enith Brigitha 21 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Linda Jezek 16 United States USA
6 h1 r2/3 Michelle de Vries 14 Australia AUS
7 h1 r2/3 Tauna Vandeweghe 16 United States USA
7 h2 r2/3 Heike John 16 West Germany FRG
8 h1 r2/3 Glenda Robertson 15 Australia AUS
8 h2 r2/3 Yoshimi Nishigawa 23 Japan JPN
3 h2 r1/3 Gabriella Verrasztó 14 Hungary HUN
3 h3 r1/3 Karin Bormann 22 West Germany FRG
4 h1 r1/3 Antonella Roncelli 17 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 Amanda James 15 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/3 Renee Magee 17 United States USA
5 h1 r1/3 Sylvie Testuz 17 France FRA
5 h2 r1/3 Angelika Grieser 17 West Germany FRG
5 h3 r1/3 Joy Beasley 13 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/3 Monique Rodahl 16 New Zealand NZL
6 h1 r1/3 Paola Ruggieri 15 Venezuela VEN
6 h2 r1/3 Liliana Cian 16 Colombia COL
6 h3 r1/3 Claudia Bellotto 16 Argentina ARG
6 h4 r1/3 Naoko Miura 16 Japan JPN
6 h5 r1/3 Gunilla Lundberg 19 Sweden SWE
7 h2 r1/3 Sansanee Changkasiri 14 Thailand THA
7 h3 r1/3 Raphaelynne Lee 16 Hong Kong HKG
7 h4 r1/3 Deirdre Sheehan 18 Ireland IRL
7 h5 r1/3 Pierrette Michel 14 Belgium BEL