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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Events: 38

Participants: 960 (694 men and 266 women) from 70 countries
Youngest Participant: TAN Marcellina Emmanuel (15 years, 266 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Yevgeny Ivchenko (42 years, 34 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 18 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (41 medals)

Overview

With the Americans leading a boycott supported by about 60 nations, many of the track & field athletics competitions in Moskva were devalued. Notably the sprints and hurdles, among both the men and women, were missing many of the world’s top athletes. But there were some outstanding performances in Moskva, and Track & Field News noted that it “was still an outstanding meet.” There were numerous complaints, however, about the officiating, noting a number of fouls being called against leading non-Soviets in the triple jump, the measurement of a flat throw in the javelin by eventual champion Dainis Kūla , and the mismarking of several important throws in the discus. The leading athlete was likely Ethiopian Miruts Yifter , who won the 5K/10K double, after having been denied his chance in Montréal. The men’s 800 and 1,500 metres were noteworthy for the competition between British middle-distance runners Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe , and they split the gold medals. Overall there were three world records set by the men (high jump, pole vault, and hammer throw), and five by the women (800, 4x100, and three in the pentathlon).

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres GBR Allan Wells CUB Silvio Leonard BUL Petar Petrov
Men's 200 metres ITA Pietro Mennea GBR Allan Wells JAM Don Quarrie
Men's 400 metres URS Viktor Markin AUS Rick Mitchell GDR Frank Schaffer
Men's 800 metres GBR Steve Ovett GBR Seb Coe URS Nikolay Kirov
Men's 1,500 metres GBR Seb Coe GDR Jürgen Straub GBR Steve Ovett
Men's 5,000 metres ETH Miruts Yifter TAN Suleiman Nyambui FIN Kaarlo Maaninka
Men's 10,000 metres ETH Miruts Yifter FIN Kaarlo Maaninka ETH Mohamed Kedir
Men's Marathon GDR Waldemar Cierpinski NED Gerard Nijboer URS Satymkul Dzhumanazarov
Men's 110 metres Hurdles GDR Thomas Munkelt CUB Alejandro Casañas URS Aleksandr Puchkov
Men's 400 metres Hurdles GDR Volker Beck URS Vasyl Arkhypenko GBR Gary Oakes
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase POL Bronisław Malinowski TAN Filbert Bayi ETH Eshetu Tura
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay URS Soviet Union POL Poland FRA France
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay URS Soviet Union GDR East Germany ITA Italy
Men's 20 kilometres Walk ITA Maurizio Damilano URS Pyotr Pochinchuk GDR Roland Wieser
Men's 50 kilometres Walk GDR Hartwig Gauder ESP Jorge Llopart URS Yevgeny Ivchenko
Men's High Jump GDR Gerd Wessig POL Jacek Wszoła GDR Jörg Freimuth
Men's Pole Vault POL Władysław Kozakiewicz POL Tadeusz Ślusarski
URS Konstantin Volkov
Men's Long Jump GDR Lutz Dombrowski GDR Frank Paschek URS Valeriy Pidluzhniy
Men's Triple Jump URS Jaak Uudmäe URS Viktor Saneyev BRA João Carlos de Oliveira
Men's Shot Put URS Volodymyr Kyselov URS Aleksandr Baryshnikov GDR Udo Beyer
Men's Discus Throw URS Viktor Rashchupkin TCH Imrich Bugár CUB Luis Delís
Men's Hammer Throw URS Yuriy Siedykh URS Sergey Litvinov URS Jüri Tamm
Men's Javelin Throw URS Dainis Kūla URS Aleksandr Makarov GDR Wolfgang Hanisch
Men's Decathlon GBR Daley Thompson URS Yury Kutsenko URS Sergey Zhelanov
Women's 100 metres URS Lyudmila Kondratyeva GDR Marlies Oelsner-Göhr GDR Ingrid Auerswald-Lange
Women's 200 metres GDR Bärbel Eckert-Wöckel URS Nataliya Bochina JAM Merlene Ottey-Page
Women's 400 metres GDR Marita Koch TCH Jarmila Kratochvílová GDR Christina Brehmer-Lathan
Women's 800 metres URS Nadiya Olizarenko URS Olga Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva URS Tatyana Providokhina
Women's 1,500 metres URS Tatyana Kazankina GDR Christiane Stoll-Wartenberg URS Nadiya Olizarenko
Women's 100 metres Hurdles URS Vera Komisova GDR Johanna Schaller-Klier POL Lucyna Langer
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay GDR East Germany URS Soviet Union GBR Great Britain
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay URS Soviet Union GDR East Germany GBR Great Britain
Women's High Jump ITA Sara Simeoni POL Urszula Kielan GDR Jutta Kirst
Women's Long Jump URS Tatyana Kolpakova GDR Brigitte Wujak URS Tetiana Skachko
Women's Shot Put GDR Ilona Schoknecht-Slupianek URS Esfir Dolzhenko-Krachevskaya GDR Margitta Droese-Pufe
Women's Discus Throw GDR Evelin Schlaak-Jahl BUL Mariya Vergova-Petkova URS Tatyana Lesovaya
Women's Javelin Throw CUB María Colón URS Saida Gunba GDR Ute Hommola
Women's Pentathlon URS Nadiya Tkachenko URS Olga Rukavishnikova URS Olga Kuragina