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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980

Gold: URS Vladimir Salnikov
Silver: URS Andrey Krylov
Bronze: URS Ivar Stukolkin

Summary

This was one event where the American men would not have been favored. Soviet star Vladimir Salnikov had won the 400 and 1,500 metre freestyles at the 1978 World Championships in Berlin, and had bettered the world record in this event twice in 1979, and improved it again early in 1980. However, he had lost it only a few days before the 1980 Games to Canada’s Peter Szmidt, who was not in Moscow. Salnikov easily won the gold medal, but he was somewhat disappointed with his time of 3:51.31, which was not even a personal best for him. In his wake was teammate [Andrey Krylov], who had also been silver medalist in the 200 freestyle, followed by Ivar Stukolkin, as the Soviets swept the medals. This made them the fifth nation, after Australia, Germany, Japan and the United States, to have a medal sweep in an Olympic men’s event. Because of the changes in Olympic rules, which beginning in 1984 limited nations to only two swimmers per individual event, this is also the last men’s swimming to have seen one nation sweep the medals. One week after this final, American Mike Bruner won the US Nationals in 3:52.19.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Vladimir Salnikov 20 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Andrey Krylov 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Ivar Stukolkin 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Djan Madruga 21 Brazil BRA
5 Daniel Machek 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Sándor Nagy 19 Hungary HUN
7 Max Metzker 20 Australia AUS
8 Ron McKeon 19 Australia AUS
2 h1 r1/2 Graeme Brewer 21 Australia AUS
2 h4 r1/2 Detlev Grabs 19 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Borut Petrič 19 Yugoslavia YUG
3 h2 r1/2 Frank Pfütze 21 East Germany GDR
3 h3 r1/2 Zoltán Wladár 20 Hungary HUN
3 h4 r1/2 Thomas Lejdström 18 Sweden SWE
3 h5 r1/2 Rainer Strohbach 22 East Germany GDR
4 h1 r1/2 Diego Quiroga 19 Ecuador ECU
4 h2 r1/2 Darjan Petrič 15 Yugoslavia YUG
4 h3 r1/2 Andrew Astbury 19 Great Britain GBR
4 h4 r1/2 Marcelo Jucá 16 Brazil BRA
4 h5 r1/2 Simon Gray 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Kevin Williamson 21 Ireland IRL
5 h2 r1/2 Jean-Marie François 17 Venezuela VEN
5 h3 r1/2 Petr Adamec 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 h5 r1/2 Rafael Escalas 19 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/2 Mohamed Abdul Wahab 21 Kuwait KUW
6 h3 r1/2 Petar Kochanov 17 Bulgaria BUL
6 h5 r1/2 Radek Havel 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h3 r1/2 José María Larrañaga 17 Peru PER