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Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980

Gold: URS Robertas Žulpa
Silver: HUN Albán Vermes
Bronze: URS Arsens Miskarovs

Summary

The world record was still David Wilkie’s Olympic winning time from 1976, 2:15.11. The Americans were not present but Soviet Robertas Žulpa would have been favored even if they were in Moscow. Žulpa had swim 2:15.36 earlier in 1980, which was a European record and the fastest time in the world prior to the 1980 Olympics. In the Moscow final, Žulpa came through as expected and won the gold in 2:15.85, the second fastest time of the year. He was trailed by Hungary’s Albán Vermes who was completely new to the world breaststroke scene. In third was Arsens Miskarovs who four days before had won silver in the 100 breaststroke. Žulpa would win silver in the 200 breast at the 1982 World Championships and won gold at the 1981 Europeans, adding a gold medal in the 100 breast at the 1983 Europeans.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robertas Žulpa 20 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Albán Vermes 23 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Arsens Miskarovs 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Gennady Utenkov 20 Soviet Union URS
5 Lindsay Spencer 18 Australia AUS
6 Duncan Goodhew 23 Great Britain GBR
7 Peter Berggren 18 Sweden SWE
8 Jörg Walter 23 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Glen Christiansen 23 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Peter Evans 18 Australia AUS
4 h2 r1/2 Pablo Restrepo 20 Colombia COL
4 h3 r1/2 János Dzvonyár 19 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Gustavo Torrijos 17 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/2 Andrés Aguilar 19 Costa Rica CRC
5 h3 r1/2 Helmut Levy 21 Colombia COL
6 h1 r1/2 Albert Boonstra 23 Netherlands NED
6 h2 r1/2 Trần Dương Tài 25 Vietnam VIE
6 h3 r1/2 Martti Järventaus 19 Finland FIN
7 h3 r1/2 Djamel Yahiouche 21 Algeria ALG
AC h2 r1/2 Miguel Santisteban 20 Mexico MEX DQ