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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 31, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: POL Poland
Bronze: FRA France

Summary

With the USA boycotting the Moskva Olympics, the 4×100 was more open than it had ever been. The Poles and Soviet Union were considered the favorites with Cuba also given a shot. But in the heats, a very bad pass eliminated the Cuban team, who did not advance to the final. The final was close for the first leg but Eugen Ray of the GDR pulled away on the backstretch, only to see a poor exchange ruin his team's chances. The Soviet Union pulled away on the third leg. Poland's Marian Woronin gained slightly on the anchor leg but the USSR held on for the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal
1 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Poland POL Silver
3 France FRA Bronze
4 Great Britain GBR
5 East Germany GDR
6 Bulgaria BUL
7 Nigeria NGR
8 Brazil BRA
4 h1 r1/2 Jamaica JAM
5 h1 r1/2 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
6 h1 r1/2 Senegal SEN
6 h2 r1/2 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r1/2 Seychelles SEY
7 h2 r1/2 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO
8 h2 r1/2 Sierra Leone SLE
AC h1 r1/2 Cuba CUB