Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980
The only question was how big the margin would be in this race for the East German women. They had lost this race in 1976 to the United States in a big upset, and the USA also prevailed at the World Championships, in world record time. But even with the Americans in Moscow, the GDR would have been favored, given the strength of their team. In the end they won by over six seconds, bettering the world record as well. Sweden and the Netherlands placed second and third, respectively, both setting national records. The Soviet Union was disqualified in the heats for an improper changeover.