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Swimming at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1984
Date Finished: July 31, 1984

Gold: USA Theresa Andrews
Silver: USA Betsy Mitchell
Bronze: NED Jolanda de Rover


The East Germans had been dominant in this event since the 1973 World Championships, with the world record still the mark set by [Rica Reinisch] to win the 1980 Olympics, 1:00.86. Since Moscow, the best American swimmer had been Sue Walsh of the University of North Carolina, the 1983 Pan American champion, but her best years were behind her and she missed the American team at the Trials. The two Americans in the race were [Betsy Mitchell], who won the Trials, and [Theresa Andrews], who had not been expected to make the team. The Olympic final was led out by Dutchwoman [Jolanda de Rover], who was caught at the turn by Romanian [Carmen Bunaciu]. At 75 metres, Bunaciu had fallen back as the two Americans gained on de Rover. The three touched almost together with Andrews winning gold in 1:02.55, followed by Mitchell in 1:02.63, and de Rover for the bronze in 1:02.91. At the Friendship Games, 24 days later, East German [Ines Kleber] finally broke Reinisch’s world record, finishing in 1:00.59, a mark that would stand until 1991.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Theresa Andrews 21 United States USA Gold
2 Betsy Mitchell 18 United States USA Silver
3 Jolanda de Rover 20 Netherlands NED Bronze
4 Carmen Bunaciu 22 Romania ROU
5 Aneta Pătrăşcoiu 16 Romania ROU
6 Svenja Schlicht 17 West Germany FRG
7 Beverley Rose 20 Great Britain GBR
8 Carmel Clark 19 New Zealand NZL
9 Audrey Moore 19 Australia AUS
10T Georgina Parkes 19 Australia AUS
10T Manuela Carosi 19 Italy ITA
12 Brigitte van der Lans 16 Netherlands NED
13 Catherine White 19 Great Britain GBR
14 Reema Abdo 21 Canada CAN
15 Sabine Pauwels 17 Belgium BEL
16 Eva Gysling 17 Switzerland SUI
17 Sandra Dahlmann 16 West Germany FRG
18 Naomi Sekido 15 Japan JPN
19 Michelle MacPherson 18 Canada CAN
20 Anna-Karin Eriksson 17 Sweden SWE
21 Teresa Rivera 18 Mexico MEX
22 Yolande Van Der Straeten 18 Belgium BEL
23 Nozomi Sunouchi 19 Japan JPN
24 Choi Yun-Hui 16 South Korea KOR
25 Guo Huaying 19 China CHN
26 Lotta Flink 19 Hong Kong HKG
27 Kathy Wong 16 Hong Kong HKG
28 Christine Jacob 17 Philippines PHI
29 Sharon Pickering 16 Fiji FIJ
30 Petra Bekaert 16 Netherlands Antilles AHO
31 Helen Chow 18 Malaysia MAS