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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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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: GDR Evelin Schlaak-Jahl
Silver: BUL Mariya Vergova-Petkova
Bronze: URS Tatyana Lesovaya


The American-led boycott had absolutely no impact on the outcome of this event. After winning the 1976 gold medal in an upset, [Evelin Jahl] had become the top discus thrower in the world, winning the 1978 European Championships and setting two world records, one in 1978 and one earlier in 1980. But only a few weeks before Moskva, Bulgaria's [Mariya Petkova] had broken Jahl's record with 71.80 (235-6¾). Jahl took the lead in the second round with 69.76 (228-10½) and that would be good enough to win, although she improved to 69.96 (229-6½) in the next round. Petkova led after the first round with 67.68 (222-0¾), but was pushed back to second by Jahl's second round throw, who held onto that position and improved in the final round with 67.90 (222-9¼) to seal the gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Evelin Schlaak-Jahl 24 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Mariya Vergova-Petkova 29 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Tatyana Lesovaya 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Gisela Beyer 20 East Germany GDR
5 Margitta Droese-Pufe 27 East Germany GDR
6 Florenţa Ţacu-Crăciunescu 25 Romania ROU
7 Galina Murašova 24 Soviet Union URS
8 Svetla Bozhkova 29 Bulgaria BUL
9 Meg Ritchie 28 Great Britain GBR
10 Carmen Romero 29 Cuba CUB
11 Zdeňka Bartoňová-Šilhavá 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
12 Ágnes Herczegh 29 Hungary HUN
13 QR María Betancourt 32 Cuba CUB
14 QR Katalin Csőke 23 Hungary HUN
15 QR Gael Mulhall-Martin 23 Australia AUS
16 QR Faina Melnik 35 Soviet Union URS
AC QR Ludovina de Oliveira 25 Mozambique MOZ