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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


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