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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 25, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976

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

Summary

American Melissa Belote was the defending champion and was back in the Montréal final, which was a tough call, with any of five swimmers having shots at gold. The GDR’s [Brigit Treiber] had won the 1975 World Championship, followed by Canadian favorite Nancy Garapick and East Germany’s Ulrike Richter, although she was considered better in the 100. Since the Munich Olympics, four swimmers had broken Belote’s world – Treiber, Richter, Garapick, and the third East German in the final, Antje Stille. Stille had twice set the mark in February and March 1976 but Richter went 2:12.47 at the June GDR Trials to hold the mark as the final gun went off. In the end she would win the gold, doubling in the backstroke, having won the 100 four days earlier. It was her race all the way, opening a body-length at 100 metres with Canada’s [Wendy Hogg] in second. Behind Richter the medalists were the same as in the 100 backstroke, with Treiber getting silver and Garapick bronze. Belote and Stille never challenged and finished 5-6, while Hogg struggled on the final 100 and placed eighth and last in the final. Even Richter was surprised by her second backstroke gold, “Quite frankly, I didn’t expect to win the 200 back.”

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 Nadiya Stavko 18 Soviet Union URS
5 Melissa Belote 19 United States USA
6 Antje Stille 14 East Germany GDR
7 Klavdiya Studennikova 17 Soviet Union URS
8 Wendy Cook-Hogg 19 Canada CAN
2 h2 r1/2 Cheryl Gibson 16 Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Monique Rodahl 16 New Zealand NZL
3 h2 r1/2 Miriam Smith 17 United States USA
3 h3 r1/2 Maryanne Graham 20 United States USA
4 h1 r1/2 Naoko Miura 16 Japan JPN
4 h2 r1/2 Antonella Roncelli 17 Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/2 Diane Edelijn 16 Netherlands NED
4 h4 r1/2 Glenda Robertson 15 Australia AUS
5 h1 r1/2 Gabriella Verrasztó 14 Hungary HUN
5 h2 r1/2 Joy Beasley 13 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/2 Heike John 16 West Germany FRG
5 h4 r1/2 Sharron Davies 13 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Yoshimi Nishigawa 23 Japan JPN
6 h2 r1/2 Angelika Grieser 17 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r1/2 Kim Wilkinson 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h4 r1/2 Michelle de Vries 14 Australia AUS
7 h1 r1/2 Susan Hunter 20 New Zealand NZL
7 h2 r1/2 Karin Bormann 22 West Germany FRG
7 h3 r1/2 Silvia Fontana 14 Spain ESP
7 h4 r1/2 Claudia Bellotto 16 Argentina ARG
8 h1 r1/2 Sansanee Changkasiri 14 Thailand THA
8 h2 r1/2 Liliana Cian 16 Colombia COL
8 h3 r1/2 Paola Ruggieri 15 Venezuela VEN