The women's 200 metre breaststroke event, included in the swimming competition at the 1976 Summer Olympics, took place on July 21, at the Olympic Pool in Montreal, Canada. In this event, swimmers covered four lengths of the 50-metre (160 ft) Olympic-sized pool employing the breaststroke. It was the twelfth appearance of the event, which first appeared at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. A total of 39 competitors from 22 nations participated in the event.
|Women's 200 metre breaststroke|
at the Games of the XXI Olympiad
|Date||21 July (heats and final)|
|Competitors||39 from 22 nations|
|Winning time||2:33.35 (WR)|
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were:
|World record||Karla Linke (GDR)||2:34.99 s||Vienna, Austria||19 August 1974|||
|Olympic record||Beverley Whitfield (AUS)||2:41.71 s||Munich, West Germany||29 August 1972|||
The following records were established during the competition:
|21 July||Heat 1||Marina Kosheveya||Soviet Union||2:35.14||OR|
|21 July||Final||Marina Kosheveya||Soviet Union||2:33.35||OR||WR|
|Marina Kosheveya||Soviet Union||2:33.35||WR|
|Marina Yurchenya||Soviet Union||2:36.08|
|Lyubov Rusanova||Soviet Union||2:36.22|
|4||Hannelore Anke||East Germany||2:36.49|
|5||Karla Linke||East Germany||2:36.97|
|6||Carola Nitschke||East Germany||2:38.27|
|7||Margaret Kelly||Great Britain||2:38.37|
|8||Debbie Rudd||Great Britain||2:39.01|
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