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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
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[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.

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