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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

Summary

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