| Event type

400 metres Freestyle, Women

Date22 July 1980
LocationPlavatelny basseyn, Sportivny kompleks Olimpiysky, Moskva
Participants19 from 12 countries

Australian Tracey Wickham had won the 1978 World Championships, setting a world record of 4:06.28, breaking the mark of 4:07.66 set by American Kim Linehan in qualifying for the US world’s team. Neither was in Moscow, Linehan ousted by the Jimmy Carter-led boycott. Wickham qualified for the 1980 Australian Olympic team, but elected not to compete because of financial problems (she came back in 1981). This was never a problem for East Germany’s state-supported swimmers and without Wickham and Linehan, they swept the medals in this event, as they had done in the 100 and 200 freestyles. The final was paced by Petra Schneider through 300 metres but Ines Diers came on in the final 100 for the gold medal in a time of 4:08.76, Carmela Schmidt winning bronze, which she would later repeat in the 200 free. Nine days later at the US Nationals, Linehan won in 4:07.77, followed by Sippy Woodhead in 4:08.17.

1Ines DiersGDR4:13.98 (1 h2)4:08.76 (1)Gold
2Petra SchneiderGDR4:14.49 (2 h3)4:09.16 (2)Silver
3Carmela SchmidtGDR4:13.01 (1 h1)4:10.86 (3)Bronze
4Michelle FordAUS4:13.90 (1 h3)4:11.65 (4)
5Irina AksyonovaURS4:14.39 (2 h2)4:14.40 (5)
6Annelies MaasNED4:13.12 (2 h1)4:15.79 (6)
7Reggie de JongNED4:15.07 (3 h2)4:15.95 (7)
8Olga KlevakinaURS4:18.13 (4 h2)4:19.18 (8)
9Oksana KomissarovaURS4:18.61 (3 h3)
10Pascale VerbauwenBEL4:18.98 (3 h1)
11Sharron DaviesGBR4:19.99 (4 h1)
12Sofia DaraGRE4:20.32 (5 h1)
13Rosemary BrownAUS4:21.36 (6 h1)
14Roberta FelottiITA4:21.94 (4 h3)
15Jackie WillmottGBR4:22.32 (5 h3)
16Nikole SchrepferSUI4:28.40 (5 h2)
17Natalia MasESP4:29.81 (6 h2)
18María Pia AyoraPER4:46.90 (6 h3)
19Soad FezzaniLBA5:16.17 (7 h2)
DNSKlára GulyásHUN– (DNS h3)

Round One (22 July 1980 — 10:00)

Fastest eight advanced to the final.

Heat One

13Carmela SchmidtGDR4:13.01Q
24Annelies MaasNED4:13.12Q
31Pascale VerbauwenBEL4:18.98
45Sharron DaviesGBR4:19.99
56Sofia DaraGRE4:20.32
62Rosemary BrownAUS4:21.36

Heat Two

14Ines DiersGDR4:13.98Q
25Irina AksyonovaURS4:14.39Q
33Reggie de JongNED4:15.07Q
46Olga KlevakinaURS4:18.13Q
57Nikole SchrepferSUI4:28.40
62Natalia MasESP4:29.81
71Soad FezzaniLBA5:16.17

Heat Three

15Michelle FordAUS4:13.90Q
24Petra SchneiderGDR4:14.49Q
33Oksana KomissarovaURS4:18.61
42Roberta FelottiITA4:21.94
56Jackie WillmottGBR4:22.32
61María Pia AyoraPER4:46.90
DNS7Klára GulyásHUN

Final (22 July 1980 — 20:00)

16Ines DiersGDR4:08.76OR
27Petra SchneiderGDR4:09.16
34Carmela SchmidtGDR4:10.86
43Michelle FordAUS4:11.65
52Irina AksyonovaURS4:14.40
65Annelies MaasNED4:15.79
71Reggie de JongNED4:15.95
88Olga KlevakinaURS4:19.18