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100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date20 – 21 July 1980
LocationPlavatelny basseyn, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants30 from 21 countries

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.

1Barbara KrauseGDR54.98 (1 h3)54.79 (1)Gold
2Caren MetschuckGDR55.44 (1 h4)55.16 (2)Silver
3Ines DiersGDR56.83 (1 h2)55.65 (3)Bronze
4Olga KlevakinaURS57.62 (2 h1)57.40 (4)
5Conny van BentumNED57.51 (2 h4)57.63 (5)
6Nataliya StrunnikovaURS57.43 (1 h1)57.83 (6)
7Guylaine BergerFRA57.80 (2 h2)57.88 (7)
8Agneta ErikssonSWE57.67 (3 h4)57.90 (8)
9June CroftGBR57.88 (2 h3)
10Carina LjungdahlSWE58.05 (3 h3)
11Isabel ReussMEX58.36 (3 h2)
12Jackie WillmottGBR58.78 (3 h1)
13Michele PearsonAUS58.90 (4 h3)
14Carine VerbauwenBEL59.08 (4 h1)
15Larisa TsaryovaURS59.12 (4 h2)
16Rosemary BrownAUS59.35 (5 h2)
17Monica VallarinITA59.43 (4 h4)
18Natalia MasESP59.53 (5 h4)
19Heidi KochAUT59.73 (5 h3)
20Helen PlaschinskiMEX59.75 (6 h3)
21María ParísCRC1:01.08 (6 h2)
22Celeste GarcíaPER1:02.44 (5 h1)
23Lynne TaskerZIM1:03.36 (7 h2)
24Olga LoizouCYP1:06.50 (7 h3)
25Bako RatsifaMAD1:07.21 (6 h4)
26Garnet CharwatNCA1:08.98 (8 h3)
27Michele PessoaANG1:09.10 (6 h1)
28Nadia FezzaniLBA1:09.28 (8 h2)
29Chung Thị Thanh LanVIE1:12.27 (7 h4)
DQMonique DrostNED– (DQ h4)
DNSKaren Van de GraafAUS– (DNS h1)

Round One (20 July 1980 — 18:30)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

15Nataliya StrunnikovaURS57.43Q
24Olga KlevakinaURS57.62Q
33Jackie WillmottGBR58.78
46Carine VerbauwenBEL59.08
57Celeste GarcíaPER1:02.44
61Michele PessoaANG1:09.10
DNS2Karen Van de GraafAUS

Heat Two

14Ines DiersGDR56.83Q
23Guylaine BergerFRA57.80Q
32Isabel ReussMEX58.36
45Larisa TsaryovaURS59.12
56Rosemary BrownAUS59.35
67María ParísCRC1:01.08
78Lynne TaskerZIM1:03.36
81Nadia FezzaniLBA1:09.28

Heat Three

14Barbara KrauseGDR54.98QWR
25June CroftGBR57.88
33Carina LjungdahlSWE58.05
42Michele PearsonAUS58.90
57Heidi KochAUT59.73
66Helen PlaschinskiMEX59.75
78Olga LoizouCYP1:06.50
81Garnet CharwatNCA1:08.98

Heat Four

14Caren MetschuckGDR55.44Q
23Conny van BentumNED57.51Q
35Agneta ErikssonSWE57.67Q
47Monica VallarinITA59.43
52Natalia MasESP59.53
61Bako RatsifaMAD1:07.21
78Chung Thị Thanh LanVIE1:12.27
DQ6Monique DrostNED

Final (21 July 1980 — 19:00)

14Barbara KrauseGDR54.79WR
25Caren MetschuckGDR55.16
33Ines DiersGDR55.65
47Olga KlevakinaURS57.40
52Conny van BentumNED57.63
66Nataliya StrunnikovaURS57.83
78Guylaine BergerFRA57.88
81Agneta ErikssonSWE57.90