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Men's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 20, 1980

Gold: URS Serhiy Fesenko
Silver: GBR Philip Hubble
Bronze: GDR Roger Pyttel

Summary

In the absence of the Americans this was a junior varsity race. The USA had swept all three medals at the 1976 Olympics, led by Mike Bruner who was also 1978 World Champion and would have been the favorite in Moscow, save for the US-sponsored boycott. The 200 fly was the first final in Moscow and was won by Soviet [Sergey Fesenko] in 1:59.76, who had never won this event at a major international, but would win the 1981 Universiade. He was actually somewhat better in the 400 individual medley, winning gold in that event at the 1977 and 1981 European Championships, and taking silver at the 1978 World Championships. Ten days later the US Nationals were held, won by [Craig Beardsley] in 1:58.46 after recording 1:58.21 in a heat. Second and third were Bruner in 1:59.13 and Bill Forrester, 1976 Olympic bronze medalist in the event, in 1:59.40. The silver medalist from Montréal, Steve Gregg, placed eighth at the US Nationals in 2:00.98, which would have won a silver medal in Moscow.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Serhiy Fesenko 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Philip Hubble 20 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Roger Pyttel 23 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Peter Morris 18 Great Britain GBR
5 Mikhail Gorelik 22 Soviet Union URS
6 Cees Vervoorn 20 Netherlands NED
7 Pär Arvidsson 20 Sweden SWE
8 Steve Poulter 19 Great Britain GBR
2 h1 r1/2 Paolo Revelli 21 Italy ITA
3 h1 r1/2 Marcus Mattioli 19 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/2 Bogusław Zychowicz 19 Poland POL
3 h3 r1/2 Aleksandr Buchenkov 16 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/2 Enrique Ledesma 21 Ecuador ECU
4 h2 r1/2 Ove Nylén 21 Sweden SWE
4 h3 r1/2 Rafael Vidal 16 Venezuela VEN
4 h4 r1/2 Gábor Mészáros 18 Hungary HUN
5 h1 r1/2 Thương Ngọc Tơn 20 Vietnam VIE
5 h2 r1/2 Andrés Aguilar 19 Costa Rica CRC
5 h3 r1/2 Evangelos Koskinas 21 Greece GRE
5 h4 r1/2 Paul Moorfoot 20 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Raimundo Franisse Mozambique MOZ
6 h3 r1/2 Cláudio Kestener 18 Brazil BRA
6 h4 r1/2 David Cummins 18 Ireland IRL
7 h3 r1/2 Djamel Yahiouche 21 Algeria ALG
7 h4 r1/2 Saleh Marzouk 18 Kuwait KUW