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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Backstroke

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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: GDR Rica Reinisch
Silver: GDR Cornelia Polit
Bronze: GDR Birgit Treiber


American [Linda Jezek] would have been the favorite if the USA was in Moscow. She had won the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the 1978 World Championships, with her winning mark in this event a still-standing world record of 2:11.93 as the Games started. Four days before [Rica Reinisch] had won gold in the 100 backstroke, and was highly considered, but her personal best as recently as June 1980 was only 2:15.59, far from the top international level. But she led throughout in Moscow, leading the East German women to a medal sweep, and finishing in 2:11.77 to better Jezek’s world record. Bronze medalist [Birgit Treiber] had won silver in this event at the 1976 Olympics, and had been silver medalist behind Jezek in both backstrokes at the 1978 Worlds.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rica Reinisch 15 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Cornelia Polit 17 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Birgit Treiber 20 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Carmen Bunaciu 18 Romania ROU
5 Yolande Van Der Straeten 14 Belgium BEL
6 Carine Verbauwen 18 Belgium BEL
7 Lisa Forrest 16 Australia AUS
8 Larisa Gorchakova 16 Soviet Union URS
3 h2 r1/2 Georgina Parkes 15 Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 Jolanda de Rover 16 Netherlands NED
4 h2 r1/2 Helen Jameson 16 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Teresa Rivera 14 Mexico MEX
5 h1 r1/2 Jane Admans 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Monique Bosga 19 Netherlands NED
5 h3 r1/2 Olena Kruhlova 18 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r1/2 Manuela Carosi 15 Italy ITA
6 h3 r1/2 Agnieszka Czopek 16 Poland POL
7 h1 r1/2 Michèle Ricaud 19 France FRA
7 h3 r1/2 Ágnes Fodor 16 Hungary HUN
8 h1 r1/2 Nguyễn Thị Hồng Bích 16 Vietnam VIE
8 h3 r1/2 Magdalena Białas 17 Poland POL