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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 22, 1980

Gold: GDR Ines Diers
Silver: GDR Petra Schneider
Bronze: GDR Carmela Schmidt
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Australian Tracey Wickham had won the 1978 World Championships, setting a world record of 4:06.28, breaking the mark of 4:07.66 set by American Kim Linehan in qualifying for the US world’s team. Neither was in Moscow, Linehan ousted by the Jimmy Carter-led boycott, while Wickham retired at the 1979 because of financial problems (she came back in 1981). This was never a problem for East Germany’s state-supported swimmers and without Wickham and Linehan, they swept the medals in this event, as they had done in the 100 and 200 freestyles. The final was paced by Petra Schneider through 300 metres but Ines Diers came on in the final 100 for the gold medal in a time of 4:08.76, Carmela Schmidt winning bronze, which she would later repeat in the 200 free. Nine days later at the US Nationals, Linehan won in 4:07.77, followed by Sippy Woodhead in 4:08.17.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ines Diers 16 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Petra Schneider 17 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Carmela Schmidt 18 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Michelle Ford 18 Australia AUS
5 Irina Aksyonova 17 Soviet Union URS
6 Annelies Maas 20 Netherlands NED
7 Reggie de Jong 16 Netherlands NED
8 Olga Klevakina 18 Soviet Union URS
3 h1 r1/2 Pascale Verbauwen 17 Belgium BEL
3 h3 r1/2 Oksana Komissarova 15 Soviet Union URS
4 h1 r1/2 Sharron Davies 17 Great Britain GBR
4 h3 r1/2 Roberta Felotti 15 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/2 Sofia Dara 17 Greece GRE
5 h2 r1/2 Nikole Schrepfer 15 Switzerland SUI
5 h3 r1/2 Jacquelene Willmott 15 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r1/2 Rosemary Brown 19 Australia AUS
6 h2 r1/2 Natalia Más 16 Spain ESP
6 h3 r1/2 María Pia Ayora 18 Peru PER
7 h2 r1/2 Soad Fezzani Libya LBA