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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 25, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: GDR Thomas Munkelt
Silver: CUB Alejandro Casañas
Bronze: URS Aleksandr Puchkov

Summary

The best hurdler in the world in 1980 was easily Renaldo Nehemiah of the United States, who had broken the world record twice in 1979, running 13.16 in April and a remarkable 13.00 in May. But because of the US boycott he could not compete, nor could the next best hurdler, Greg Foster of the US. Between them they had run 14 of the fastest 15 times in 1980 leading up the Olympics. The 1976 silver medalist, Alejandro Casañas of Cuba was back, and was favored with 1978 European Champion Thomas Munkelt (GDR). But to show how they fared against Nehemiah, at the 1979 Pan American Games, Nehemiah had won the gold medal by a margin of over two metres over Casañas. In the Moskva final, Casañas got off to a quick start but hit the first two hurdles and was passed by Munkelt. Though he closed from there, he lost out to Munkelt in a lean at the tape.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thomas Munkelt 27 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Alejandro Casañas 26 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Aleksandr Puchkov 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Andrey Prokofyev 21 Soviet Union URS
5 Jan Pusty 28 Poland POL
6 Arto Bryggare 22 Finland FIN
7 Javier Moracho 22 Spain ESP
8 Yury Chervanyov 22 Soviet Union URS
5 h1 r2/3 Thomas Dittrich 25 East Germany GDR
5 h2 r2/3 Mark Holtom 22 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Wilbert Greaves 23 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Plamen Krastev 21 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1 r2/3 Borislav Pisić 31 Yugoslavia YUG
7 h2 r2/3 Carlos Sala 20 Spain ESP
8 h1 r2/3 Andreas Schlißke 23 East Germany GDR
8 h2 r2/3 Petar Vukičević 23 Yugoslavia YUG
6 h1 r1/3 Bernard Mabikana Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
6 h2 r1/3 Abdoulaye Sarr 32 Senegal SEN
7 h1 r1/3 Maher Hreitani 26 Syria SYR
7 h2 r1/3 Abdul Jabbar Rahima 26 Iraq IRQ
7 h3 r1/3 Abdul Ismail 31 Mozambique MOZ
8 h3 r1/3 Antonio Gopal 33 Seychelles SEY
AC h1 r1/3 Július Ivan 26 Czechoslovakia TCH