Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980
The United States' sprinters would have been favored in this event, led by [Rowdy Gaines], who shortly after Moscow had best times of 49.61, which he had done twice. The world record holder, Jonty Skinner of South Africa, also was absent, because the IOC banned his nation due to their policy of apartheid in sporting events. In the semi-finals, East German teenager [JÃ¶rg Woithe] set a European record of 50.21 in the semi-finals, which made him only the fifth fastest performer ever. He was not quite as good in the final, going 50.40, but that was sufficient for the gold medal. He was surprisingly followed by two Swedes, [Per Holmertz] and [Peter Johansson] who won the silver and bronze medals.