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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 20, 1980

Gold: GDR East Germany
Silver: GBR Great Britain
Bronze: URS Soviet Union

Summary

Let’s see. East German women would win the 100 freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke in Moscow. And all of those swimmers were available for them on the medley relay. So the only challenge for them was to see how fast they could go to win the gold medal, and they succeeded in breaking the world record with a mark of 4:06.67, led off by Rica Reinisch, who equalled the world record for the 100 backstroke on the opening leg. This was sufficient to lead the silver-medal winning British team by about 5½ seconds, although they set a Commonwealth record. The bronze went to the Soviet Union who set a national record.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Sweden SWE
5 Italy ITA
6 Australia AUS
7 Romania ROU
8 Bulgaria BUL
5 h2 r1/2 Mexico MEX
6 h2 r1/2 Belgium BEL