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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 200 metres Backstroke

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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 26, 1980

Gold: HUN Sándor Wladár
Silver: HUN Zoltán Verrasztó
Bronze: AUS Mark Kerry


This was one of the few events at which no medals were won by USSR or GDR swimmers. Hungary provided the gold and silver medalists, with [Sándor Wladár] winning gold and [Zoltán Verrasztó], bronze medalist at the 1978 Worlds and 1975 World Champion, taking silver. Wladár’s win was a bit of an upset, but in 1981, after winning both backstroke events at the European Championships, he would be named European Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine and was Hungarian Sportsman of the Year. Bronze medalist [Mark Kerry] (AUS) had won gold in the 100 back at the 1979 Universiade, and had made the finals both backstrokes at the 1976 Olympics, placing fifth in this event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sándor Wladár 17 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Zoltán Verrasztó 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Mark Kerry 20 Australia AUS Bronze
4 Vladimir Shemetov 16 Soviet Union URS
5 Fred Eefting 21 Netherlands NED
6 Michael Söderlund 18 Sweden SWE
7 Douglas Campbell 19 Great Britain GBR
8 Paul Moorfoot 20 Australia AUS
2 h2 r1/2 Miloslav Roľko 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
3 h2 r1/2 Viktor Kuznetsov 19 Soviet Union URS
3 h3 r1/2 Jörg Stingl 19 East Germany GDR
3 h4 r1/2 Mark Tonelli 23 Australia AUS
4 h1 r1/2 Volodymyr Dolhov 20 Soviet Union URS
4 h2 r1/2 Frédéric Delcourt 16 France FRA
4 h3 r1/2 Róbert Rudolf 23 Hungary HUN
4 h4 r1/2 Bengt Baron 18 Sweden SWE
5 h1 r1/2 Jim Carter 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r1/2 Franky De Groote 21 Belgium BEL
5 h3 r1/2 Dietmar Göhring 20 East Germany GDR
5 h4 r1/2 Nenad Miloš 25 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r1/2 David Cummins 18 Ireland IRL
6 h2 r1/2 Phạm Văn Thành 21 Vietnam VIE
6 h3 r1/2 Daniel Ayora 16 Peru PER
6 h4 r1/2 Mihai Mandache 19 Romania ROU
7 h4 r1/2 Zbigniew Januszkiewicz 17 Poland POL