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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 100 metres Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 21, 1980

Gold: GDR Barbara Krause
Silver: GDR Caren Metschuck
Bronze: GDR Ines Diers


East German [Barbara Krause] had won this event at the 1978 World Championships in a world record of 55.41 that still stood in July 1980. In the first round in Moscow she became the first woman to swim 100 metres in under 55 seconds, breaking her world record with 54.98. But Krause bettered that in the final, recording 54.79 for another world mark. Behind her came her teammates [Caren Metschuck] (silver) and [Ines Diers] (bronze) as the East German women swept the medals, as Metschuck and Diers became the second and fourth fastest performers of all-time. This was one of six swimming events in Moscow swept by the GDR women. The event had seen a medal sweep four times previously, by the United States in 1920, 1924, and 1968, and by Australia in 1956.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Barbara Krause 21 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Caren Metschuck 16 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Ines Diers 16 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Olga Klevakina 18 Soviet Union URS
5 Conny van Bentum 14 Netherlands NED
6 Nataliya Strunnikova 16 Soviet Union URS
7 Guylaine Berger 24 France FRA
8 Agneta Eriksson 15 Sweden SWE
2 h3 r1/2 June Croft 17 Great Britain GBR
3 h1 r1/2 Jacquelene Willmott 15 Great Britain GBR
3 h2 r1/2 Isabel Reuss 18 Mexico MEX
3 h3 r1/2 Carina Ljungdahl 20 Sweden SWE
4 h1 r1/2 Carine Verbauwen 18 Belgium BEL
4 h2 r1/2 Larisa Tsaryova 21 Soviet Union URS
4 h3 r1/2 Michelle Pearson 18 Australia AUS
4 h4 r1/2 Monica Vallarin 15 Italy ITA
5 h1 r1/2 Celeste García 15 Peru PER
5 h2 r1/2 Rosemary Brown 19 Australia AUS
5 h3 r1/2 Heidi Koch 18 Austria AUT
5 h4 r1/2 Natalia Más 16 Spain ESP
6 h1 r1/2 Michele Pessoa 17 Angola ANG
6 h2 r1/2 María París 19 Costa Rica CRC
6 h3 r1/2 Helen Plaschinski 17 Mexico MEX
6 h4 r1/2 Bako Ratsifa 16 Madagascar MAD
7 h2 r1/2 Lynne Tasker 16 Zimbabwe ZIM
7 h3 r1/2 Olga Loizou 18 Cyprus CYP
7 h4 r1/2 Chung Thị Thanh Lan 18 Vietnam VIE
8 h2 r1/2 Nadia Fezzani Libya LBA
8 h3 r1/2 Garnet Charwat 13 Nicaragua NCA
AC h4 r1/2 Monique Drost 15 Netherlands NED DQ