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Old 13-04-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Anybody know where I can find details of the programme of events for the swimming competition at Moscow? I need the dates of each individual event.

Edit: Actually cancel that. I just found what I was looking for!
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Old 15-04-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Anybody know where I can find details of the programme of events for the swimming competition at Moscow? I need the dates of each individual event.

Edit: Actually cancel that. I just found what I was looking for!
Can you post the link, so I can see them, please.
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Old 15-04-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
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Can you post the link, so I can see them, please.
Sure. I got what I wanted here

http://www.todor66.com/swimming/Olympic/1980/

It shows the events in event order, rather than chronological order, but it has the dates for each event too and the results of all the heats and finals
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How did the boycotts affect the Moscow games, because of course the Cold War was still smouldering away?

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Old 16-04-2012, 08:06 PM   #5
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How did the boycotts affect the Moscow games, because of course the Cold War was still smouldering away?

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There were only about 80 countries there. Something like 65 countries in total boycotted the Moscow games because of the US invasion of Afghanistan, although not many of them were great swimming powers. USA, Canada and West Germany were the most obvious omissions from the swimming events, but one or two other countries had a couple of swimmers that might have been expected to do well.

Britain, France and Australia, among others, supported the boycott, but left it to individual swimmers as to whether they wanted to compete. The USA banned all athletes from taking part, whether they wanted to or not.

At the opening and closing ceremonies, athletes from Britain, Australia, Ireland and many other countries marched under the Olympic flag, rather than their home nationís flag, and at a lot of medal ceremonies, the Olympic flag was raised instead of a given countryís national flag.

Interestingly, in spite of the reduced attendance, more world records were set in Moscow than in Montreal four years previously

At the LA Games in 1984, the Soviet Union, plus 13 allies, boycotted the games in a tit for tat reprisal.
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There were only about 80 countries there. Something like 65 countries in total boycotted the Moscow games because of the US invasion of Afghanistan, although not many of them were great swimming powers. USA, Canada and West Germany were the most obvious omissions from the swimming events, but one or two other countries had a couple of swimmers that might have been expected to do well.

Britain, France and Australia, among others, supported the boycott, but left it to individual swimmers as to whether they wanted to compete. The USA banned all athletes from taking part, whether they wanted to or not.

At the opening and closing ceremonies, athletes from Britain, Australia, Ireland and many other countries marched under the Olympic flag, rather than their home nationís flag, and at a lot of medal ceremonies, the Olympic flag was raised instead of a given countryís national flag.

Interestingly, in spite of the reduced attendance, more world records were set in Moscow than in Montreal four years previously

At the LA Games in 1984, the Soviet Union, plus 13 allies, boycotted the games in a tit for tat reprisal.
That would be the USSR invasion of Afganistan. Not the US.

I know you meant that but just for clarity
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That would be the USSR invasion of Afganistan. Not the US.

I know you meant that but just for clarity
Quite. I sit corrected.
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Amazing to look at those results:

1. The small number of swimmers competing, most events only had four or five heats.
2. The utter domination of the Eastern bloc.
3. Especially GDR in the women's events, their women's freestyle team splits are so far ahead of all the other swimmers. It's almost as if they were on something...
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I still feel bad for Mary T. Meagher, Sippy Woodhead, Tracy Caulkins and the like. IMO, one of Jimmy Carter's worst decisions as a president.
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