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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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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 26, 1980
Format: Scoring by 1962/1977 point tables.

Gold: GBR Daley Thompson
Silver: URS Yury Kutsenko
Bronze: URS Sergey Zhelanov

Summary

Daley Thompson competed at the 1976 Olympics when only an 18-year-old, and he finished coincidentally in 18th place. But by the 1980 Olympics he had established himself as the world's top decathlete. He won the 1978 Commonwealth Games and European Junior Championship and was runner-up at the 1978 European Championships. Thompson's favorite status was greatly helped when three of his main competitors could not compete at Moskva. Soviet Aleksandr Grebenyuk, who had won the 1978 Europeans, was injured. The defending silver medalist and world-record holder Guido Kratschmer and American champion Bob Coffman, ranked #1 in the world in 1979, were held out because of the American-led boycott of the Olympics. Although on world-record pace on the first day, cold, rainy weather on the second hampered Thompson's record chances. With the record out of reach he coasted in the 1,500 but still won easily, with two Soviets, Yury Kutsenko and Sergey Zhelanov, taking the silver and bronze medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1977AT) P(1985AT)
1 Daley Thompson 21 Great Britain GBR Gold 8.495 8.522
2 Yury Kutsenko 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 8.331 8.369
3 Sergey Zhelanov 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze 8.135 8.135
4 Georg Werthner 24 Austria AUT 8.050 8.084
5 Sepp Zeilbauer 27 Austria AUT 8.007 7.989
6 Dariusz Ludwig 25 Poland POL 7.978 7.972
7 Atanas Andonov 25 Bulgaria BUL 7.927 7.887
8 Steffen Grummt 20 East Germany GDR 7.892 7.840
9 Esa Jokinen 22 Finland FIN 7.826 7.793
10 Janusz Szczerkowski 26 Poland POL 7.822 7.794
11 Johannes Lahti 28 Finland FIN 7.765 7.725
12 Stephan Niklaus 22 Switzerland SUI 7.762 7.721
13 Peter Hadfield 25 Australia AUS 7.709 7.658
14 Razvigor Yankov 26 Bulgaria BUL 7.624 7.572
15 Brad McStravick 24 Great Britain GBR 7.616 7.537
16 Columba Blango 24 Sierra Leone SLE 5.080 5.214
AC Miro Ronac 18 Peru PER DNF
AC Valeriu Caceanov 26 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Sandro Brogini 21 Italy ITA DNF
AC Rainer Pottel 26 East Germany GDR DNF
AC Siegfried Stark 25 East Germany GDR DNF