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Men's 200 metres

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 28, 1980

Gold: ITA Pietro Mennea
Silver: GBR Allan Wells
Bronze: JAM Don Quarrie

Summary

Although the American boycott in 1980 would seem to affect the sprints dramatically, several top sprinters were still in Moskva, led by defending champion Don Quarrie. And in 1979, Italy's Pietro Mennea had broken Tommie Smith's vaunted world record, running 19.72 at altitude in Ciudad de México. He had also won the European title in 1974 and 1978. The 1978 Commonwealth Games champion, Scotsman Allan Wells, was also highly considered and had won the 100 in Moskva. In the final, Wells started fastest, leading by two metres onto the straight. But Mennea closed quickly and edged out Wells, who dove at the line to no avail. Quarrie never really challenged for the gold but held on for a bronze medal, narrowly outleaning Cuba's Silvio Leonard.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pietro Mennea 28 Italy ITA Gold
2 Allan Wells 28 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Don Quarrie 29 Jamaica JAM Bronze
4 Silvio Leonard 24 Cuba CUB
5 Bernhard Hoff 21 East Germany GDR
6 Lech Dunecki 23 Poland POL
7 Marian Woronin 23 Poland POL
8 Osvaldo Lara 25 Cuba CUB
5 h1 r3/4 James Gilkes 27 Guyana GUY
5 h2 r3/4 Olaf Prenzler 21 East Germany GDR
6 h1 r3/4 Peter Okodogbe 22 Nigeria NGR
6 h2 r3/4 Joseph Arame 31 France FRA
7 h1 r3/4 Andrew Bruce 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h2 r3/4 Nikolay Sidorov 23 Soviet Union URS
8 h1 r3/4 Ferenc Kiss 25 Hungary HUN
8 h2 r3/4 Cameron Sharp 22 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/4 Bernard Petitbois 26 France FRA
5 h2 r2/4 Zenon Licznerski 25 Poland POL
5 h3 r2/4 Chris Brathwaite 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
5 h4 r2/4 Vladimir Ivanov 25 Bulgaria BUL
6 h1 r2/4 Mike McFarlane 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/4 István Nagy 21 Hungary HUN
6 h3 r2/4 Colin Bradford 25 Jamaica JAM
6 h4 r2/4 Paulo Roberto Correia 20 Brazil BRA
7 h1 r2/4 Aleksandar Popović 23 Yugoslavia YUG
7 h2 r2/4 František Břečka 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 h3 r2/4 Altevir de Araújo Filho 24 Brazil BRA
7 h4 r2/4 Boubacar Diallo 25 Senegal SEN
8 h1 r2/4 Petar Petrov 25 Bulgaria BUL
8 h2 r2/4 Gerardo Suero 22 Dominican Republic DOM
8 h3 r2/4 Pavel Pavlov 28 Bulgaria BUL
8 h4 r2/4 Tomás González 21 Cuba CUB
4 h1 r1/4 Nikolaos Angelopoulos 22 Greece GRE
4 h5 r1/4 David Lukuba 23 Tanzania TAN
4 h6 r1/4 Hammed Adio 21 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r1/4 Grégoire Illorson 25 Cameroon CMR
5 h2 r1/4 Nabil Nahri 22 Syria SYR
5 h3 r1/4 Cheikh Touradou Diouf 24 Senegal SEN
5 h5 r1/4 Pascal Aho Benin BEN
5 h6 r1/4 Perumal Subramanian 24 India IND
5 h7 r1/4 Joseph Letseka 27 Lesotho LES
5 h8 r1/4 Alston Muziyo 25 Zambia ZAM
5 h9 r1/4 Mwalimu Ally 27 Tanzania TAN
6 h1 r1/4 Rubén Inácio 21 Angola ANG
6 h2 r1/4 Ahmed Mohamed Sallouma Libya LBA
6 h3 r1/4 Henk Brouwer 26 Netherlands NED
6 h5 r1/4 Roland Dagher Lebanon LIB
6 h6 r1/4 Rudolph George 23 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h7 r1/4 Lucien Josiah 22 Botswana BOT
6 h8 r1/4 Besha Tuffa 26 Ethiopia ETH
6 h9 r1/4 Sheku Boima 27 Sierra Leone SLE
7 h1 r1/4 Casimir Pereira 26 Seychelles SEY
7 h3 r1/4 Paul Haba 21 Guinea GUI
7 h5 r1/4 Walter During Sierra Leone SLE
7 h9 r1/4 Sitthixay Sacpraseuth 21 Laos LAO
AC h4 r1/4 Aleksandr Stasevich 26 Soviet Union URS
AC h7 r1/4 Constantino Reis Mozambique MOZ