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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's Pentathlon

Athletics at the 1980 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980
Format: Scoring by 1962/1977 point tables.

Gold: URS Nadiya Tkachenko
Silver: URS Olga Rukavishnikova
Bronze: URS Olga Kuragina

Summary

Nadezhda Tkachenko had finished fifth in the pentathlon in 1976 at Montréal. In 1978 she seemed to have won the European Championships in the pentathlon but was disqualified for a positive doping test for anabolic steroids. In Moskva she took the lead after the shot put, with a nice effort of 16.84 (55-3), and was never headed. The Soviet women swept the medals in the event, with all three athletes bettering the previous world record. Actually, all three set world records, with bronze medalist Olga Kuragina crossing the line in the 800 first with 2:03.6, followed by silver medalist Olga Rukavishnikova in 2:04.8, and Tkachenko coming in 4/10ths of a second later for the gold medal. Tkachenko's world record of 5,083 was the first mark ever over 5,000 points.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1977AT) P(1985AT)
1 Nadiya Tkachenko 31 Soviet Union URS Gold 5.083 5.213 WR
2 Olga Rukavishnikova 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 4.937 5.051
3 Olga Kuragina 21 Soviet Union URS Bronze 4.875 4.964
4 Ramona Neubert 21 East Germany GDR 4.698 4.750
5 Margit Papp 32 Hungary HUN 4.562 4.584
6 Burglinde Pollak 29 East Germany GDR 4.553 4.547
7 Valentina Dimitrova 24 Bulgaria BUL 4.458 4.439
8 Emiliya Kunova 20 Bulgaria BUL 4.431 4.409
9 Florence Picaut 27 France FRA 4.424 4.402
10 Sylvia Barlag 26 Netherlands NED 4.333 4.315
11 Marcela Koblasová 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 4.328 4.301
12 Małgorzata Guzowska 21 Poland POL 4.326 4.320
13 Judy Livermore-Simpson 19 Great Britain GBR 4.304 4.261
14 Conceição Geremias 23 Brazil BRA 4.263 4.216
15 Sue Longden 30 Great Britain GBR 4.234 4.199
16 Yvette Wray 21 Great Britain GBR 4.159 4.076
17 Cécile Ngambi 19 Cameroon CMR 3.832 3.733
AC Nancy Vallecilla 22 Ecuador ECU DNF
AC Christine Bodner-Laser 29 East Germany GDR DNF