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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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

Gold: URS Marina Koshevaya
Silver: URS Maryna Yurchenia
Bronze: URS Lyubov Rusanova

Summary

The Soviet Union has never been a great swimming power, except in the women’s breaststroke. And in Montréal nobody was winning individual events among the women except for swimmers from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), as they won 10 of 11 individual gold medals, and they had two favorites in this event in world record holder [Karle Linke] and 1975 World Champion Hannelore Anke. But they did not win, nor did they even send a swimmer to the podium. Prior to this event, only the United States (11 times), Australia (1956 100 freestyle), and East Germany (1976 200 butterfly) had ever swept the medals at an Olympic women’s swimming event. But in this event the Soviet Union became the fourth nation on that list, as Marina Koshevaya won gold, and led Maryna Yurchenia and [Lyubov Rosanova] to the medal stand. Koshevaya was dominant in winning with 2:33.35, over 1½ seconds better than Linke’s world record and nearly three seconds ahead of Yurchenia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marina Koshevaya 16 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Maryna Yurchenia 16 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Lyubov Rusanova 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Hannelore Anke 18 East Germany GDR
5 Karla Linke 16 East Germany GDR
6 Carola Nitschke 14 East Germany GDR
7 Maggie Kelly-Hohmann 19 Great Britain GBR
8 Debbie Rudd 16 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/2 Susanne Nielsson 16 Denmark DEN
2 h3 r1/2 Joann Baker 15 Canada CAN
3 h1 r1/2 Marcia Morey 20 United States USA
3 h2 r1/2 Ann-Sofi Roos 16 Sweden SWE
3 h3 r1/2 Lisa Borsholt 14 Canada CAN
3 h4 r1/2 Dagmar Rehak 20 West Germany FRG
3 h5 r1/2 Wijda Mazereeuw 22 Netherlands NED
4 h1 r1/2 Cristina Teixeira 18 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r1/2 Christine Jarvis 26 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Melanie MacKay 16 Canada CAN
4 h4 r1/2 Anna Skolarczyk 19 Poland POL
4 h5 r1/2 Toshiko Haruoka 17 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 Allison Smith 16 Australia AUS
5 h2 r1/2 Lauri Siering 19 United States USA
5 h3 r1/2 Annick de Susini 16 France FRA
5 h4 r1/2 Judith Hudson 18 Australia AUS
5 h5 r1/2 Janis Hape 18 United States USA
6 h1 r1/2 Beatriz Camuñas 17 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Gabriele Askamp 21 West Germany FRG
6 h3 r1/2 Karin Deleurand 17 Denmark DEN
6 h4 r1/2 Anette Fredriksson 16 Sweden SWE
6 h5 r1/2 Véronique Brisy 15 Belgium BEL
7 h1 r1/2 Dacyl Pérez 17 Venezuela VEN
7 h2 r1/2 Kazuyo Inaba 17 Japan JPN
7 h3 r1/2 Chiharu Mori 14 Japan JPN
7 h4 r1/2 Colette Crabbe 19 Belgium BEL
7 h5 r1/2 Nancy Deano Philippines PHI
8 h2 r1/2 Patricia Spohn 15 Argentina ARG
8 h3 r1/2 Elena Ospitaletche 15 Uruguay URU
8 h4 r1/2 Angela López 20 Puerto Rico PUR