Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Swim Stadium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: July 30, 1984
At the beginning of 1984 the world record was held by American [Sippy Woodhead], who had set three world marks back in 1978-79. She had been World Swimmer of the Year in 1979 and was crushed by not being able to compete in Moscow. Now an ancient 20-year-old, for a world-class swimmer in that era, Woodhead was nowhere near the swimmer she had been in the late 70s, but she made the US team. Just prior to the Los Angeles, her world record was broken by [Kristin Otto] at the East German trials, who could not be there because of the Soviet-led boycott. Woodhead had won the US Trials, leading home [Mary Wayte], but in Los Angeles Wayte was the one winning, coming to the wall in 1:59.23, with Woodhead taking silver. Woodheadâs time of 1:59.50 was her best in three years. A few weeks later Otto won this event at the Friendship Games, but her time was a surprisingly slow 1:59.48.