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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women'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: August 1, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Format: Final only.

Gold: GDR East Germany
Silver: URS Soviet Union
Bronze: GBR Great Britain

Summary

The USA and West Germany were not present because of the American inspired boycott. But the best team in the world was still probably the East Germans, which had twice broken the world record within the past month. They were led by Marlies Göhr, silver medalist in the 100, and Bärbel Wöckel, who won the 200 metres in Moskva, as she had in Montréal. The next best team in 1980 was the hometown Soviets, to be led by 100 champion Lyudmila Kondratyeva, but she had pulled a hamstring and could not run the relay. Because of the boycott only eight teams were present and only a final was conducted. The GDR team won easily despite poor baton passes, and lowered their own world record with 41.60.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal T(A) L
1 East Germany GDR Gold 41.60 8 WR
2 Soviet Union URS Silver 42.10 1
3 Great Britain GBR Bronze 42.43 7
4 Bulgaria BUL 42.67 4
5 France FRA 42.84 6
6 Jamaica JAM 43.19 3
7 Poland POL 43.59 2
AC Sweden SWE 5 DNF