Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 1980
The Soviet Union never produced a plethora of great swimmers, but for some reason they did in the womenâs 200 breaststroke. In Moscow they swept the medals, as they had done in MontrÃ©al, led by Lithuanian [Lina KaÄiuÅ¡ytÄ], the 1978 World Champion and world record holder, who won gold. The silver medalist, [Svetlana Varganova], and bronze medalist, [Yuliya Bogdanova], were also former world record holders. Varganova led for most of the race, having 1Â½ seconds on KaÄiuÅ¡ytÄ at 50 and 100 metres, and 2Â½ seconds at 150 metres, but KaÄiuÅ¡ytÄâs final 50 split was 2.58 seconds faster and brought her home 7/100ths in front.