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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Marathon

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: August 1, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.

Gold: GDR Waldemar Cierpinski
Silver: NED Gerard Nijboer
Bronze: URS Satymkul Dzhumanazarov

Summary

By the 1980 the two best marathon runners in the world were America's Bill Rodgers and Japan's Toshihiko Seko. Rodgers won the New York Marathon in 1976-79, Fukuoka in 1977, and Boston in 1978-80. Seko won Fukuoka in 1979-80. But the American-sponsored boycott prevented Rodgers and Seko their chance at Olympic gold in 1980. The GDR's Waldemar Cierpinski, the defending champion, was back. Since his 1976 gold medal, he had run nine marathons, winning four of them. But at the major races, Fukuoka and the 1978 European Championships, he had failed to win, his best placing being third at Fukuoka in 1976.

The Moskva marathon course was run along the Moskva River, and was very flat. The race started at 5:15 PM in very warm conditions. Cierpinski took the lead in the race after 30 km., and stayed ahead to win his second gold medal. The Netherlands' Gerard Nijboer placed second and three Soviets placed third, fourth, and fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Waldemar Cierpinski 29 East Germany GDR Gold 2-11:03
2 Gerard Nijboer 24 Netherlands NED Silver 2-11:20
3 Satymkul Dzhumanazarov 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 2-11:35
4 Vladimir Kotov 22 Soviet Union URS 2-12:05
5 Leonid Moseyev 27 Soviet Union URS 2-12:14
6 Rodolfo Gómez 29 Mexico MEX 2-12:39
7 Dereje Nedi 26 Ethiopia ETH 2-12:44
8 Massimo Magnani 28 Italy ITA 2-13:12
9 Karel Lismont 31 Belgium BEL 2-13:27
10 Rob de Castella 23 Australia AUS 2-14:31
11 Hans-Joachim Truppel 29 East Germany GDR 2-14:55
12 Ferenc Szekeres 33 Hungary HUN 2-15:18
13 Marc Smet 29 Belgium BEL 2-16:00
14 Emmanuel Ndiemandoi Tanzania TAN 2-16:47
15 Gidamis Shahanga 22 Tanzania TAN 2-16:47
16 Anacleto Pinto 32 Portugal POR 2-17:04
17 Domingo Tibaduiza 29 Colombia COL 2-17:06
18 Henri Schoofs 29 Belgium BEL 2-17:28
19 Kjell-Erik Ståhl 34 Sweden SWE 2-17:44
20 Mikhail Koussis 26 Greece GRE 2-18:02
21 Jürgen Eberding 24 East Germany GDR 2-18:04
22 Eleuterio Antón 30 Spain ESP 2-18:16
23 Leodigard Martin 19 Tanzania TAN 2-18:21
24 Moges Alemayehu 31 Ethiopia ETH 2-18:40
25 Jules Randrianarivelo 23 Madagascar MAD 2-19:23
26 Zbigniew Pierzynka 28 Poland POL 2-20:03
27 Koh Chun-Son 28 North Korea PRK 2-20:08
28 Chris Wardlaw 30 Australia AUS 2-20:42
29 Li Jong-Hyung 24 North Korea PRK 2-21:10
30 Tommy Persson 25 Sweden SWE 2-21:11
31 Hari Chand 27 India IND 2-22:08
32 Håkan Spik 28 Finland FIN 2-22:24
33 Chang Sop-Choe 25 North Korea PRK 2-22:42
34 Luis Barbosa 27 Colombia COL 2-22:58
35 Marco Marchei 25 Italy ITA 2-23:21
36 Vincent Rakabaele 31 Lesotho LES 2-23:29
37 Baikuntha Manandhar 27 Nepal NEP 2-23:51
38 Dick Hooper 23 Ireland IRL 2-23:53
39 Josef Steiner 29 Austria AUT 2-24:24
40 Joseph Peter 30 Switzerland SUI 2-24:53
41 Cor Vriend 30 Netherlands NED 2-26:41
42 Pat Hooper 28 Ireland IRL 2-30:28
43 Buumba Halwand 32 Zambia ZAM 2-36:51
44 Issa Chetoui Libya LBA 2-38:01
45 Mukunda Hari Shrestha 24 Nepal NEP 2-38:52
46 Baba Ibrahim Suma-Keita 33 Sierra Leone SLE 2-41:20
47 Soe Khin 29 Myanmar MYA 2-41:41
48 Damiano Musonda 34 Zambia ZAM 2-42:11
49 Enemri Najem Al-Marghani Libya LBA 2-42:27
50 Nguyễn Quyễn 27 Vietnam VIE 2-44:37
51 Tapfumaneyi Jonga 20 Zimbabwe ZIM 2-47:17
52 Emmanuel M'Pioh 28 Congo (Brazzaville) CGO 2-48:17
53 Abel Nkhoma Zimbabwe ZIM 2-53:35
AC Kebede Balcha 28 Ethiopia ETH DNF
AC Gerard Barrett 23 Australia AUS DNF
AC Dave Black 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Jean-Michel Charbonnel 28 France FRA DNF
AC Patrick Chiwala 27 Zambia ZAM DNF
AC Nabil Chouéry Lebanon LIB DNF
AC Bernie Ford 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Radamés González 24 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Kenneth Hlasa 25 Lesotho LES DNF
AC Göran Högberg 31 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Josef Jánský 39 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Jouni Kortelainen 23 Finland FIN DNF
AC Jørn Lauenborg 35 Denmark DEN DNF
AC Abdel Madjid Mada 27 Algeria ALG DNF
AC Ryszard Marczak 34 Poland POL DNF
AC Albert Marie 23 Seychelles SEY DNF
AC Andrzej Sajkowski 28 Poland POL DNF
AC Shivnath Singh 34 India IND DNF
AC Ian Thompson 30 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Lasse Virén 30 Finland FIN DNF
AC Vlastimil Zwiefelhofer 27 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF