Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
The world record was still [David Wilkie]'s Olympic winning time from 1976, 2:15.11. The Americans were not present but Soviet [Robertas Å½ulpa] would have been favored even if they were in Moscow. Å½ulpa had swim 2:15.36 earlier in 1980, which was a European record and the fastest time in the world prior to the 1980 Olympics. In the Moscow final, Å½ulpa came through as expected and won the gold in 2:15.85, the second fastest time of the year. He was trailed by Hungary's [AlbÃ¡n Vermes] who was completely new to the world breaststroke scene. In third was [Arsens Miskarovs] who four days before had won silver in the 100 breaststroke. Å½ulpa would win silver in the 200 breast at the 1982 World Championships and won gold at the 1981 Europeans, adding a gold medal in the 100 breast at the 1983 Europeans.