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Swimming at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 1980

Gold: URS Lina KačiuÅ¡ytė
Silver: URS Svetlana Varganova
Bronze: URS Yuliya Bogdanova


The Soviet Union never produced a plethora of great swimmers, but for some reason they did in the women’s 200 breaststroke. In Moscow they swept the medals, as they had done in Montréal, led by Lithuanian [Lina Kačiušytė], 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 1½ seconds on Kačiušytė at 50 and 100 metres, and 2½ seconds at 150 metres, but Kačiušytė’s final 50 split was 2.58 seconds faster and brought her home 7/100ths in front.

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