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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
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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.

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