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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: GDR Jörg Woithe
Silver: SWE Per Holmertz
Bronze: SWE Per Johansson


The United States’ sprinters would have been favored in this event, led by [Rowdy Gaines], who shortly after Moscow, who 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 [Jörg 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, [Pelle Homertz] and [Peter Johansson] who won the silver and bronze medals.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jörg Woithe 17 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Per Holmertz 20 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Per Johansson 17 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Sergey Koplyakov 21 Soviet Union URS
5 Raffaele Franceschi 20 Italy ITA
6 Serhiy Krasiuk 18 Soviet Union URS
7 René Écuyer 23 France FRA
8 Graeme Brewer 21 Australia AUS
4 h1 r2/3 Per Wikström 19 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r2/3 Mark Tonelli 23 Australia AUS
6 h1 r2/3 Sergey Smiryagin 16 Soviet Union URS
6 h2 r2/3 David López-Zubero 21 Spain ESP
7 h1 r2/3 Martin Smith 22 Great Britain GBR
7 h2 r2/3 Neil Brooks 17 Australia AUS
8 h1 r2/3 Jorge Luiz Leite 18 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r2/3 Cees Vervoorn 20 Netherlands NED
3 h1 r1/3 Stéfan Voléry 18 Switzerland SUI
3 h2 r1/3 Mark Taylor 19 Great Britain GBR
4 h1 r1/3 Fabrizio Rampazzo 17 Italy ITA
4 h2 r1/3 Paolo Revelli 21 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/3 Rui Abreu 19 Portugal POR
5 h2 r1/3 Guy Goosen 21 Zimbabwe ZIM
5 h3 r1/3 Ramón Lavín 18 Spain ESP
5 h4 r1/3 Alberto Mestre 15 Venezuela VEN
5 h5 r1/3 Herwig Bayer 17 Austria AUT
6 h1 r1/3 Gábor Mészáros 18 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r1/3 Yulyan Vasilev 18 Bulgaria BUL
6 h3 r1/3 Tsvetan Golomeev 18 Bulgaria BUL
6 h4 r1/3 Cyro Delgado 19 Brazil BRA
6 h5 r1/3 Frank Kühne 18 East Germany GDR
7 h1 r1/3 Abdulwahab Werfeli Libya LBA
7 h2 r1/3 Lakis Fylaktou 16 Cyprus CYP
7 h3 r1/3 Mohamed Halimi 22 Algeria ALG
7 h4 r1/3 Adham Hemdan 20 Kuwait KUW
7 h5 r1/3 Tô Văn Vệ 23 Vietnam VIE
8 h1 r1/3 Bilall Yamout Lebanon LIB
8 h2 r1/3 Jorge Lima 13 Angola ANG
8 h3 r1/3 Zoë Andrianifaha 14 Madagascar MAD
8 h5 r1/3 Edgar Martins Mozambique MOZ