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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

Summary

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.

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