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Women's 100 metres Breaststroke

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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: GDR Ute Geweniger
Silver: URS Elvira Vasilkova
Bronze: DEN Susanne Nielsson

Summary

East German Ute Geweniger had broken the world record at a meet in Magdeburg in May 1980. In the heats in Moscow she bettered that record with 1:10.11. She could not reproduce that in the final, coming hom in 1:10.22, but that was third fastest time ever, and won her the gold medal. She started slowly, and was only fifth at the turn, but cruised home for the victory. Geweniger would win this event at the 1981 and 1983 European Championships and the 1982 World Championships. At the 1981 and 1983 Europeans, she won nine gold medals in all events, with four individual golds in Split in 1981. Denmark’s Susanne Nielsson won bronze in Moscow, as she had done at the 1978 Worlds. With the Americans in Moscow, Geweniger would likely still have won, but Tracy Caulkins would have been a formidable opponent for her.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ute Geweniger 16 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Elvira Vasilkova 18 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Susanne Nielsson 20 Denmark DEN Bronze
4 Maggie Kelly-Hohmann 23 Great Britain GBR
5 Eva-Marie Håkansson 19 Sweden SWE
6 Suki Brownsdon 14 Great Britain GBR
7 Lina Kačiušytė 17 Soviet Union URS
8 Monica Bonon 15 Italy ITA
2 h1 r1/2 Catherine Poirot 17 France FRA
2 h3 r1/2 Silvia Rinka 17 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Sabrina Seminatore 16 Italy ITA
3 h3 r1/2 Gabriella Kindl 16 Hungary HUN
4 h1 r1/2 Brigitte Bosmans 15 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r1/2 Irena Fleissnerová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
4 h3 r1/2 Yuliya Bogdanova 16 Soviet Union URS
4 h4 r1/2 Tanya Bogomilova-Dangalakova 16 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r1/2 Garnet Charwat 13 Nicaragua NCA
5 h2 r1/2 Lynne Tasker 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h3 r1/2 Brigitte Prass 17 Romania ROU
5 h4 r1/2 Bettina Löbel 27 East Germany GDR
6 h2 r1/2 Nicole Rajoharison 14 Madagascar MAD
6 h3 r1/2 Catherine Bohan 16 Ireland IRL
6 h4 r1/2 Elke Holtz 16 Mexico MEX
7 h3 r1/2 Phạm Thị Phú 16 Vietnam VIE
7 h4 r1/2 María Pia Ayora 18 Peru PER