Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: July 21, 1980
The world record had been set by American [Rowdy Gaines] in April 1980 at a meet in Austin, Texas. He had been silver medalist at this event at the 1978 World Championships, won by his teammate, [Bill Forrester], but both watched from afar. The bronze medalist at the 1978 World was Soviet [Sergey Koplyakov], who won the gold medal in Moscow in an Olympic record 1:49.81. This was one of only four menâs Olympic records that was bettered in Moscow.