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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980

Gold: GDR Barbara Krause
Silver: GDR Ines Diers
Bronze: GDR Carmela Schmidt

Summary

This was one of the few events at which an American swimmer might have been favored. At the 1978 World Championships, Sippy Woodhead won gold over East German Barbara Krause, Woodhead breaking the world record in 1:58.53. In 1979 Woodhead lowered that mark twice, leaving it at 1:58.23 from a Tokyo meet in September. In her absence Krause was favored, already having won the 100 freestyle in Moscow. But the leader of the race for three laps was her teammate Ines Diers, and it took a 28.47 final 50 for Krause to pull out the gold medal, Diers slowing to finish second 1.31 seconds behind. Bronze went to their teammate Carmela Schmidt, as the GDR women swept the medals, one of six times in Moscow they accomplished that. At the US Nationals on 1 August, Sippy Woodhead won in 1:59.44, over a second slower than Krause’s gold-medal winning time.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Barbara Krause 21 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Ines Diers 16 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Carmela Schmidt 18 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Olga Klevakina 18 Soviet Union URS
5 Reggie de Jong 16 Netherlands NED
6 June Croft 17 Great Britain GBR
7 Nataliya Strunnikova 16 Soviet Union URS
8 Irina Aksyonova 17 Soviet Union URS
2 h2 r1/2 Annelies Maas 20 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r1/2 Karen Van de Graaf 17 Australia AUS
3 h3 r1/2 Rosemary Brown 19 Australia AUS
3 h4 r1/2 Guylaine Berger 24 France FRA
4 h1 r1/2 Natalia Más 16 Spain ESP
4 h2 r1/2 Dobrinka Mincheva 18 Bulgaria BUL
4 h3 r1/2 Sonya Dangalakova 17 Bulgaria BUL
4 h4 r1/2 Pascale Verbauwen 17 Belgium BEL
5 h1 r1/2 Sofia Dara 17 Greece GRE
5 h3 r1/2 Jacquelene Willmott 15 Great Britain GBR
5 h4 r1/2 Tina Gustafsson 17 Sweden SWE
6 h3 r1/2 Irinel Pănulescu 16 Romania ROU
6 h4 r1/2 Celeste García 15 Peru PER
7 h3 r1/2 Soad Fezzani Libya LBA