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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Individual Medley

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: URS Oleksandr Sydorenko
Silver: URS Serhiy Fesenko
Bronze: HUN Zoltán Verrasztó


The world record holder was American [Jesse Vassallo], who had finished in 4:20.05 at the 1978 World Championships to win gold, a mark that bettered his own world record from the 1978 US Nationals. In his absence the favorite was Soviet [Sergey Fesenko], silver medalist from the 1978 Worlds, and 1977 European Champion, who had recorded 4:22.10 earlier in the year. But he was upset by his teammate [Oleksandr Sydorenko], bronze medalist in the 200 IM at the 1978 Worlds and the 1977 Europeans, with Fesenko taking silver behind Sydorenko’s 4:22.89. Sydorenko would later win gold in the 200 IM at the 1981 European meet and the 1982 Worlds. In Moscow he brazenly said that he did not think the 400 IM results would have been different if Vassallo had been present. Vassallo probably did not think much of this remark and three days after the Moscow final, won the US Nationals in 4:21.51

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Oleksandr Sydorenko 20 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Serhiy Fesenko 21 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Zoltán Verrasztó 24 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 András Hargitay 24 Hungary HUN
5 Djan Madruga 21 Brazil BRA
6 Miloslav Roľko 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Leszek Górski 18 Poland POL
8 Daniel Machek 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
2 h4 r1/2 Csaba Sós 23 Hungary HUN
3 h1 r1/2 Ricardo Prado 15 Brazil BRA
3 h2 r1/2 Simon Gray 21 Great Britain GBR
3 h4 r1/2 Thomas Lejdström 18 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Vangelis Koskinas 21 Greece GRE
4 h2 r1/2 Giovanni Franceschi 17 Italy ITA
4 h3 r1/2 Dariusz Wolny 20 Poland POL
4 h4 r1/2 Steve Poulter 19 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/2 Andrés Aguilar 19 Costa Rica CRC
5 h2 r1/2 Paul Moorfoot 20 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/2 Vladimir Shemetov 16 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r1/2 Rafael Escalas 19 Spain ESP
6 h2 r1/2 Gary Andersson 21 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r1/2 Franky De Groote 21 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r1/2 Guillermo Zavala 22 Mexico MEX
AC h4 r1/2 Jörg Walter 23 East Germany GDR DQ