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Swimming at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 19, 1976

Gold: GDR Andrea Pollack
Silver: GDR Ulrike Tauber
Bronze: GDR Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel

Summary

The top 200 butterflyer in the world since Munich was East German [Rosemarie Gabriel] (formerly Kother), who was World Champion in 1973 and 1975 and had set five consecutive world records in the event, the last two at the June GDR Olympic Trials in Berlin. You are forgiven if you had not heard of Andrea Pollack, her teammate, prior to the Montréal Olympics. Pollack was only 15 and had been ranked 49th in the world in 1975. In the final Gabriel could not match her Berlin times and won bronze, as Pollack won the gold medal, followed by the third East German Ulrike Tauber. The East German sweep made them only the third nation to sweep a women’s Olympic swimming event, after the United States (11 times) and Australia (1956 100 freestyle), although the Soviet Union would join them in the 1976 200 breaststroke two days later.\n\nFive days after this final, Tauber won gold in the 400 individual medley. Pollack never again won a major international in the 200 fly, although she did win the 1977 European 100 butterfly, and several international golds in the medley relay. In 1998 she joined several other former East German swimmers by going public and accusing their coaches and physicians of systematically doping them.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andrea Pollack 15 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Ulrike Tauber 18 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Rosemarie Kother-Gabriel 20 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Karen Moe-Thornton 23 United States USA
5 Wendy Quirk 17 Canada CAN
6 Cheryl Gibson 16 Canada CAN
7 Tamara Shelofastova 17 Soviet Union URS
8 Nataliya Popova 18 Soviet Union URS
2 h1 r1/2 Becky Smith 17 Canada CAN
2 h2 r1/2 Donnalee Wennerstrom 16 United States USA
2 h5 r1/2 Camille Wright 21 United States USA
3 h1 r1/2 Judith Hudson 18 Australia AUS
3 h2 r1/2 Linda Hanel 14 Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 Lynne Rowe 18 New Zealand NZL
3 h5 r1/2 Michelle Ford 14 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Gunilla Andersson 20 Sweden SWE
4 h2 r1/2 Beate Jasch 17 West Germany FRG
4 h3 r1/2 Yasue Hatsuda 16 Japan JPN
4 h4 r1/2 Donatella Talpo-Schiavon 19 Italy ITA
4 h5 r1/2 Kuniko Banno 19 Japan JPN
5 h1 r1/2 María Mock 18 Puerto Rico PUR
5 h2 r1/2 Joanne Atkinson 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/2 Anne Adams 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 María París 15 Costa Rica CRC
5 h5 r1/2 José Damen 16 Netherlands NED
6 h1 r1/2 Rosemary Ribeiro 18 Brazil BRA
6 h2 r1/2 Miriam Hopkins 15 Ireland IRL
6 h3 r1/2 Chantal Grimard 16 Belgium BEL
6 h4 r1/2 María Hung 16 Venezuela VEN
6 h5 r1/2 Rossana Juncos 18 Argentina ARG
7 h2 r1/2 Þórunn Alfreðsdóttir 15 Iceland ISL
7 h4 r1/2 Jane Alexander 17 Great Britain GBR