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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: July 21, 1980

Gold: GDR Ines Geißler
Silver: GDR Sybille Schönrock
Bronze: AUS Michelle Ford

Summary

[Mary T. Meagher] was the world’s greatest butterfly swimmer, bar none. She had set three world records in 1979, lowering the mark from [Tracy Caulkins]’s 2:09.87, set in 1978, to 2:07.01. The two weeks before the Moscow Olympics, Meagher took the mark down further, to 2:06.37, at a meet in Irvine, California. In August 1981 at the US Nationals, that mark fell to her as she finished in 2:05.96, a world record that would last until 1999. Despite the East German women’s hegemony in Moscow, Meagher would have won.

Without her the gold medal went to the GDR’s [Ines Geißler], who would later win the event at the 1981 Europeans and 1982 World Championships. Her Moscow gold came by only 1/100th of a second over teammate [Sybille Schönrock], who was never heard from again.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ines Geißler 17 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Sybille Schönrock 15 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Michelle Ford 18 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Andrea Pollack 19 East Germany GDR
5 Dorota Brzozowska 15 Poland POL
6 Ann Osgerby 17 Great Britain GBR
7 Agneta Mårtensson 18 Sweden SWE
8 Alla Grishchenkova 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h2 r1/2 Cinzia Savi Scarponi 16 Italy ITA
4 h1 r1/2 Éva Miklósfalvy 20 Hungary HUN
4 h2 r1/2 Karen Van de Graaf 17 Australia AUS
4 h3 r1/2 Sonja Hausladen 17 Austria AUT
5 h1 r1/2 Larysa Polyvoda 16 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r1/2 Janet Osgerby 17 Great Britain GBR
5 h3 r1/2 Armi Airaksinen 18 Sweden SWE
6 h1 r1/2 Carole Brook 15 Switzerland SUI
6 h2 r1/2 María París 19 Costa Rica CRC
6 h3 r1/2 Małgorzata Różycka 18 Poland POL
7 h1 r1/2 Celeste García 15 Peru PER
7 h2 r1/2 Marion Michel 16 Belgium BEL
7 h3 r1/2 Wilma van Velsen 16 Netherlands NED