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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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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 23, 1980

Gold: URS Lina Kačiušytė
Silver: URS Svetlana Varganova
Bronze: URS Yuliya Bogdanova


The Soviet Union never produced a plethora of great swimmers, but for some reason they did in the women’s 200 breaststroke. In Moscow they swept the medals, as they had done in Montréal, led by Lithuanian [Lina Kačiušytė], the 1978 World Champion and world record holder, who won gold. The silver medalist, [Svetlana Varganova], and bronze medalist, [Yuliya Bogdanova], were also former world record holders. Varganova led for most of the race, having 1½ seconds on Kačiušytė at 50 and 100 metres, and 2½ seconds at 150 metres, but Kačiušytė’s final 50 split was 2.58 seconds faster and brought her home 7/100ths in front.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lina Kačiušytė 17 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Svetlana Varganova 15 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Yuliya Bogdanova 16 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Susanne Nielsson 20 Denmark DEN
5 Irena Fleissnerová 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
6 Ute Geweniger 16 East Germany GDR
7 Bettina Löbel 27 East Germany GDR
8 Silvia Rinka 17 East Germany GDR
3 h1 r1/2 Maggie Kelly-Hohmann 23 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Debbie Rudd 20 Great Britain GBR
3 h3 r1/2 Eva-Marie Håkansson 19 Sweden SWE
3 h4 r1/2 Ann-Sofi Roos 20 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Brigitte Bosmans 15 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r1/2 Elke Holtz 16 Mexico MEX
4 h3 r1/2 Odile Bihan 17 France FRA
4 h4 r1/2 Tanya Bogomilova-Dangalakova 16 Bulgaria BUL
5 h1 r1/2 Annick de Susini 20 France FRA
5 h2 r1/2 Gabriella Kindl 16 Hungary HUN
5 h3 r1/2 Catherine Bohan 16 Ireland IRL
5 h4 r1/2 Lisa Curry-Kenny 18 Australia AUS
6 h1 r1/2 Nicole Rajoharison 14 Madagascar MAD
6 h2 r1/2 Hoàng Thị Hoà 29 Vietnam VIE
6 h3 r1/2 Lynne Tasker 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
6 h4 r1/2 Brigitte Prass 17 Romania ROU
7 h4 r1/2 Sabrina Seminatore 16 Italy ITA