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Cycling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Sprint

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Olympic Velodrome, Krylatskoye Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
Format: 1,000 metres.

Gold: GDR Lutz Heßlich
Silver: FRA Yavé Cahard
Bronze: URS Sergey Kopylov

Summary

Because of the boycott, the field was small, with only 15 starters (there had been 51 in 1972 in München). The favorite was the 1979 World Champion, Lutz Heßlich (GDR). He won the event without losing a race until the final. In the final, France’s Yavé Cahard defeated Heßlich in the second race, but Heßlich re-grouped to win the deciding bout and the gold medal. The 1976 gold medalist, Czechoslovakia’s Anton Tkáč, lost to Cahard in the semi-finals, and then lost the bronze medal race to Sergey Kopylov. Kopylov would win the World Championships in 1981 and 1982. Heßlich could not compete in 1984 because of the Eastern Bloc boycott, but he returned in 1988 to win another gold medal in this event. The boycott likely prevented him from winning three straight gold medals, as he was World Champion in 1983, 1985, and 1987, and placed second in 1981, 1982, and 1986.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Lutz Heßlich 21 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Yavé Cahard 22 France FRA Silver
3 Sergey Kopylov 19 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Anton Tkáč 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Henrik Salée 24 Denmark DEN
6 Heinz Isler 20 Switzerland SUI
7 Kenrick Tucker 21 Australia AUS
8 Ottavio Dazzan 22 Italy ITA
2 h1 r6/9 Lau Veldt 27 Netherlands NED
3 h2 r6/9 James Joseph 23 Guyana GUY
2 h1 r4/9 László Morcz 24 Hungary HUN
2 h2 r4/9 Benedykt Kocot 26 Poland POL
AC h3 r4/9 Terry Tinsley 23 Great Britain GBR DNF
2 h1 r2/9 John Musa 30 Zimbabwe ZIM
2 h2 r2/9 Fawzi Abdussalam Libya LBA