Swimming at the 1978 World Aquatics Championships

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These are the results (medal winners) of the swimming competition at the 1978 World Aquatics Championships held in the West German city of West Berlin between August 20 and August 28.

Medal table[edit]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  United States 20 12 4 36
2  Soviet Union 4 4 5 13
3  Australia 2 0 0 2
4  East Germany 1 7 4 12
5  West Germany 1 2 4 7
6  Canada 1 1 4 6
7  New Zealand 0 1 0 1
7  Norway 0 1 0 1
7  Yugoslavia 0 1 0 1
10  Great Britain 0 0 2 2
10  Hungary 0 0 2 2
10  Sweden 0 0 2 2
13  Brazil 0 0 1 1
13  Denmark 0 0 1 1
Total 29 29 29 87

Medal summary[edit]

Men[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
 David McCagg (USA) 50.24
CR
 Jim Montgomery (USA) 50.73  Klaus Steinbach (FRG) 50.79
200 m freestyle
 Bill Forrester (USA) 1:51.02
CR
 Rowdy Gaines (USA) 1:51.10  Sergey Kopliakov (URS) 1:51.33
400 m freestyle
 Vladimir Salnikov (URS) 3:51.94
CR
 Jeff Float (USA) 3:53.42  Bill Forrester (USA) 3:53.97
1500 m freestyle
 Vladimir Salnikov (URS) 15:03.99
CR
 Borut Petrič (YUG) 15:20.77  Bobby Hackett (USA) 15:23.38
100 m backstroke
 Bob Jackson (USA) 56.36
CR
 Peter Rocca (USA) 56.69  Romulo Arantes (BRA) 58.01
200 m backstroke
 Jesse Vassallo (USA) 2:02.16  Gary Hurring (NZL) 2:03.71  Zoltán Verrasztó (HUN) 2:03.90
100 m breaststroke
 Walter Kusch (FRG) 1:03.56
CR
 Graham Smith (CAN) 1:03.60  Gerald Mörken (FRG) 1:03.62
200 m breaststroke
 Nick Nevid (USA) 2:18.37  Arsen Miskarov (URS) 2:18.42  Walter Kusch (FRG) 2:20.16
100 m butterfly
 Joe Bottom (USA) 54.30  Greg Jagenburg (USA) 55.26  Pär Arvidsson (SWE) 55.38
200 m butterfly
 Mike Bruner (USA) 1:59.38
CR
 Steve Gregg (USA) 1:59.80  Roger Pyttel (GDR) 2:01.22
200 m individual medley
 Graham Smith (CAN) 2:03.65
WR
 Jesse Vassallo (USA) 2:04.99  Aleksandr Sidorenko (URS) 2:05.29
400 m individual medley
 Jesse Vassallo (USA) 4:20.05
WR
 Sergey Fesenko (URS) 4:22.29  András Hargitay (HUN) 4:27.04
4×100 m freestyle relay
 United States (USA)
Jack Babashoff
Rowdy Gaines
Jim Montgomery
David McCagg
3:19.74
WR
 West Germany (FRG)
Andreas Schmidt
Ulrich Temps
Peter Knust
Klaus Steinbach
3:26.65  Sweden (SWE)
Per Holmertz
Dan Larsson
Per-Ola Quist
Per-Alvar Magnusson
3:26.95
4×200 m freestyle relay
 United States (USA)
Bruce Furniss
Bill Forrester
Bobby Hackett
Rowdy Gaines
7:20.82
WR
 Soviet Union (URS)
Sergey Rusin
Andrey Krylov
Vladimir Salnikov
Sergey Kopliakov
7:28.41  West Germany (FRG)
Andreas Schmidt
Peter Knust
Karsken Lippmann
Frank Wennmann
7:33.29
4×100 m medley relay
 United States (USA)
Bob Jackson
Nick Nevid
Joe Bottom
David McCagg
3:44.63
CR
 West Germany (FRG)
Klaus Steinbach
Walter Kusch
Michael Kraus
Andreas Schmidt
3:48.58  Great Britain (GBR)
Gary Abraham
Duncan Goodhew
John Mills
Martin Smith
3:49.06

Legend: WR – World record; CR – Championship record

Women[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 m freestyle
 Barbara Krause (GDR) 55.68
CR
 Lene Jenssen (NOR) 56.82  Larisa Tsareva (URS) 56.85
200 m freestyle
 Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 1:58.53
WR
 Barbara Krause (GDR) 1:59.78  Larisa Tsareva (URS) 2:01.76
400 m freestyle
 Tracey Wickham (AUS) 4:06.28
WR
 Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 4:07.15  Kim Linehan (USA) 4:07.73
800 m freestyle
 Tracey Wickham (AUS) 8:24.94
CR
 Cynthia Woodhead (USA) 8:29.35  Kim Linehan (USA) 8:32.60
100 m backstroke
 Linda Jezek (USA) 1:02.55
CR
 Birgit Treiber (GDR) 1:03.18  Cheryl Gibson (CAN) 1:03.43
200 m backstroke
 Linda Jezek (USA) 2:11.93
WR
 Birgit Treiber (GDR) 2:14.07  Cheryl Gibson (CAN) 2:14.23
100 m breaststroke
 Julia Bogdanova (URS) 1:10.31
WR
 Tracy Caulkins (USA) 1:10.77  Margaret Kelly (GBR) 1:11.99
200 m breaststroke
 Lina Kačiušytė (URS) 2:31.42
WR
 Julia Bogdanova (URS) 2:32.69  Susanne Nielsson (DEN) 2:33.60
100 m butterfly
 Joan Pennington (USA) 1:00.20
CR
 Andrea Pollack (GDR) 1:00.26  Wendy Quirk (CAN) 1:01.82
200 m butterfly
 Tracy Caulkins (USA) 2:09.87
WR
 Nancy Hogshead (USA) 2:11.30  Andrea Pollack (GDR) 2:12.63
200 m individual medley
 Tracy Caulkins (USA) 2:14.07
WR
 Joan Pennington (USA) 2:14.98  Ulrike Tauber (GDR) 2:15.99
400 m individual medley
 Tracy Caulkins (USA) 4:40.83
WR
 Ulrike Tauber (GDR) 4:47.52  Petra Schneider (GDR) 4:48.56
4×100 m freestyle relay
 United States (USA)
Tracy Caulkins
Stephanie Elkins
Jill Sterkel
Cynthia Woodhead
3:43.43
WR
 East Germany (GDR)
Heike Witt
Caren Metschuck
Barbara Krause
Petra Priemer
3:47.37  Canada (CAN)
Gail Amundrud
Nancy Garapick
Sue Sloan
Wendy Quirk
3:49.59
4×100 m medley relay
 United States (USA)
Linda Jezek
Tracy Caulkins
Joan Pennington
Cynthia Woodhead
4:08.21
CR
 East Germany (GDR)
Birgit Treiber
Ramona Reinke
Andrea Pollack
Barbara Krause
4:09.13  Soviet Union (URS)
Elena Kruglova
Julia Bogdanova
Irina Aksenova
Larisa Tsareva
4:14.91

Legend: WR – World record; CR – Championship record

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