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Equestrianism at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Mixed Dressage, Individual

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Trade Union's Equestrian Complex, Bitsevsky Park, Moskva
Date Started: July 31, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Format: Two rounds, final round score to determine placement.

Gold: AUT Sissy Max-Theurer
Silver: URS Yury Kovshov
Bronze: URS Viktor Ugryumov

Summary

There were only 14 competitors. The same format was used as in 1972 and 1976, which was rather odd, as the qualifying round advanced 12 riders to the finals, eliminating only two competitors. The only world-class dressage rider in Moskva was Austrian [Elisabeth Theurer]. She led the qualifying and the final round to easily win the gold medal, as Soviet riders went 2-3-4 against overmatched riders from Bulgaria, Poland, and Romania. The defending gold medalist was Swiss rider Christine Stückelberger, who did not compete at the 1980 Olympics, but won the concurrent Goodwood Dressage Festival in West Sussex, England. Theurer’s decision to participate in Moskva created considerable controversy in Austria, and resulted in the resignation of the President of the Austrian Equestrian Federation.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Horse Medal PTS
1 Sissy Max-Theurer 23 Austria AUT Mon Cherie Gold 1,370
2 Yury Kovshov 28 Soviet Union URS Igrok Silver 1,300
3 Viktor Ugryumov 40 Soviet Union URS Shkval Bronze 1,234
4 Vira Misevych 35 Soviet Union URS Plot 1,231
5 Kyra Kyrklund 28 Finland FIN Piccolo 1,121
6 Anghel Donescu 34 Romania ROU Dor 960
7 Georgi Gadzhev 39 Bulgaria BUL Vnimatelen 881
8 Svetoslav Ivanov 28 Bulgaria BUL Aleko 850
9 Petar Mandadzhiev 50 Bulgaria BUL Schibor 846
10 Józef Zagor 39 Poland POL Helios 804
11 Petre Roşca 57 Romania ROU Derbist 741
12 Dumitru Velicu 49 Romania ROU Decebal 720