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Women's 100 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980

Gold: GDR Caren Metschuck
Silver: GDR Andrea Pollack
Bronze: GDR Christiane Knacke

Summary

[Mary T] was not in Moscow, which made this event less than the best, despite the presence of the GDR women. Mary T. Meagher had set the world record of 59.26 in Austin, Texas in April 1980. In 1981 at the US Nationals she set a world record 57.93 that lasted for 18 years. In her absence the East German swept the medals, led by Caren Metschuck, who won in 1:00.42. She would win four medals in Moscow, adding golds in both relays, and a silver in the 100 freestyle.

Bronze medalist Christiane Knacke never swam much after 1980, her body ravaged by the effects of the drugs she had been given by the East German sporting system. In 1998 she joined other swimmers in suing former East German coaches and doctors, accusing them of ruining their health. One doctor, Rolf Gläser publically apologized to her and Knacke became the first Olympic athlete to offer to return her Olympic medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Caren Metschuck 16 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Andrea Pollack 19 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Christiane Knacke 18 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Ann Osgerby 17 Great Britain GBR
5 Lisa Curry-Kenny 18 Australia AUS
6 Agneta Mårtensson 18 Sweden SWE
7 María París 19 Costa Rica CRC
8 Janet Osgerby 17 Great Britain GBR
2 h2 r1/2 Susan Cooper 17 Great Britain GBR
2 h3 r1/2 Éva Miklósfalvy 20 Hungary HUN
3 h2 r1/2 Wilma van Velsen 16 Netherlands NED
3 h3 r1/2 Cinzia Savi Scarponi 16 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/2 Larysa Polyvoda 16 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r1/2 Karen Van de Graaf 17 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Dorota Brzozowska 15 Poland POL
4 h4 r1/2 Alla Grishchenkova 18 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r1/2 Carole Brook 15 Switzerland SUI
5 h2 r1/2 Mariana Paraschiv 17 Romania ROU
5 h3 r1/2 Armi Airaksinen 18 Sweden SWE
5 h4 r1/2 Sonja Hausladen 17 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/2 Bako Ratsifa 16 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r1/2 Celeste García 15 Peru PER
6 h3 r1/2 Nadia Fezzani Libya LBA
6 h4 r1/2 Marion Michel 16 Belgium BEL