Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: August 3, 1980
Date Finished: August 3, 1980
Format: Two rounds. Total score for both rounds determined placement.
Only 16 riders and horses started and none of them were among the world’s elite jumpers. In round one four riders led with only 4.00 faults, but Poland’s Jan Kowalczyk also had only 4.00 faults in round two to win the gold medal. Soviet Nikolay Korolkov had 4 and 5.5 faults in the two rounds to win silver, while the bronze medal came down to a jump-off between Mexican [Joaquín Pérez] and Guatemalan Oswaldo Méndez. Both had 4.00 faults in the jump-off but Pérez won the bronze medal with a narrow win based on time, 43.23 to 43.59 seconds.
The Rotterdam Show Jumping Festival was held for teams and riders not competing in Moskva, and had 38 starters from 18 nations. The title there was won by Austrian Hugo Simon, with Britain’s [John Whitaker] second, and American Melanie Smith third.
|2||Nikolay Korolkov||33||Soviet Union||URS||Espadron||Silver||9.50|
|5||Viktor Pohanovskiy||30||Soviet Union||URS||Topky||15.50|
|9||Vyacheslav Chukanov||28||Soviet Union||URS||Gepatit||24.75|
|11||Alberto Váldes, Jr.||29||Mexico||MEX||Lady Mirka||28.00|
|12||Christopher Wegelius||35||Finland||FIN||Monday Morning||30.25|