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Gymnastics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's Individual All-Around

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 21, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980

Gold: URS Yelena Davydova
Silver: GDR Maxi Gnauck
ROU Nadia Comăneci

Summary

The format was the same as in 1976. The team all-around was contested first, with the top 36 finishers from that event advancing to the individual all-around final. However, to prevent individual nations from dominating with over-representation, no more than three gymnasts from any one country could advance to the individual final. The total score consisted of 50% of the team all-around score and the performances on all four apparatuses in the individual final. The defending champion was Nadia Comăneci, but there were chinks in her armor by 1980, as she had not won the World Championships in either 1978 or 1979 due to injury. The favorite in early 1980 was likely Soviet Yelena Mukhina who was the 1978 World Champion, missing the 1979 meet due to a broken leg. Sadly, a few weeks before the Moskva Olympics, Mukhina fell while training on floor exercise, broke her neck, and was rendered quadriplegic permanently. She would eventually die in 2006.

The contest for gold was very close between Comăneci, Soviet Yelena Davydova, and East German Maxi Gnauck. It all came down to the last rotation, with Gnauck leading but her vault scored only 9.70 points. Davydova then scored 9.95 on beam, and was followed by Comăneci on the same apparatus. She made a small stepback on landing, and it looked unlikely she would get the 9.95 she needed to win gold. The head judge was Romanian Marian Simionescu who disagreed with the judges’ scores and tried to get them to change them, arguing for 28 minutes before her complaint was disallowed. Simionescu refused to punch the final score into the computer which was done by a Soviet official while Simionescu continued her tirade. The 9.85 score gave Davydova the gold medal with Gnauck and Comăneci sharing silver.

This and the team all-around were Davydova’s only gold medals in Moskva, but she added a silver on beam in her only Olympics. Comăneci would win gold medals in 1980 on floor and beam, and ended her Olympic career with nine medals and five gold medals.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Yelena Davydova 18 Soviet Union URS Gold 79.150
2T Nadia Comăneci 18 Romania ROU Silver 79.075
2T Maxi Gnauck 15 East Germany GDR Silver 79.075
4 Nataliya Shaposhnikova 19 Soviet Union URS 79.025
5 Nelli Kim 22 Soviet Union URS 78.425
6 Emilia Eberle 16 Romania ROU 78.400
7 Rodica Dunca 15 Romania ROU 78.350
8 Steffi Kräker 20 East Germany GDR 78.200
9 Katharina Rensch 15 East Germany GDR 78.125
10 Radka Zemanová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 77.850
11 Jana Labáková 14 Czechoslovakia TCH 77.675
12 Eva Marečková 16 Czechoslovakia TCH 77.375
13 Erika Flander 15 Hungary HUN 77.000
14 Márta Egervári 23 Hungary HUN 76.950
15 Silviya Topalova 16 Bulgaria BUL 76.900
16 Krasimira Toneva 15 Bulgaria BUL 76.625
17 Erika Csányi 15 Hungary HUN 76.600
18 Anita Jokiel 13 Poland POL 74.825
19 Choe Jong-Sil 14 North Korea PRK 74.775
20 Małgorzata Majza 15 Poland POL 74.500
21 Galina Marinova 15 Bulgaria BUL 74.200
22 Irene Martínez 14 Spain ESP 73.850
23 Denise Jones 17 Great Britain GBR 72.375
24 Sin Myong-Ok 14 North Korea PRK 72.300
25 Aurora Morata 19 Spain ESP 71.975
26 Davaasürengiin Oyuuntuyaa 13 Mongolia MGL 71.050
27 Suzanne Dando 19 Great Britain GBR 70.775
28 Susan Cheesebrough 20 Great Britain GBR 70.725
29 Estela de la Torre 15 Mexico MEX 70.675
30 Lena Adomat 16 Sweden SWE 70.050
31 Cláudia Costa 18 Brazil BRA 69.775
32 Marina Sulicich 16 Australia AUS 69.700
33 Kerry Bayliss 18 Australia AUS 69.475
34 Kang Myong-Suk 14 North Korea PRK 69.275
35 Dashzevgiin Ariunaa 14 Mongolia MGL 68.550
36 Łucja Matraszek-Chydzińska 26 Poland POL 46.475
7 QR Mariya Filatova 19 Soviet Union URS
8 QR Stella Zakharova 17 Soviet Union URS
12 QR Yelena Naimushina 15 Soviet Union URS
13 QR Melita Ruhn 15 Romania ROU
15T QR Cristina Elena Grigoraş 14 Romania ROU
19 QR Katarína Šarišská 14 Czechoslovakia TCH
17 QR Birgit Süß 18 East Germany GDR
21 QR Silvia Hindorff 19 East Germany GDR
22 QR Dumitriţa Turner 16 Romania ROU
23T QR Karola Sube 16 East Germany GDR
26 QR Dana Brýdlová 16 Czechoslovakia TCH
29T QR Éva Óvári 18 Hungary HUN
29T QR Lenke Almási 15 Hungary HUN
33 QR Anita Šauerová 17 Czechoslovakia TCH
34 QR Kameliya Eftimova 14 Bulgaria BUL
35 QR Dimitrinka Filipova 14 Bulgaria BUL
36 QR Erzsébet Hanti 15 Hungary HUN
40 QR Antoaneta Rakhneva 17 Bulgaria BUL
41 QR Wiesława Żelaskowska 15 Poland POL
42 QR Agata Jaroszek-Karczmarek 16 Poland POL
44 QR Katarzyna Snopko 14 Poland POL
51 QR Kim Chun-Son 19 North Korea PRK
53 QR Choi Myong-Hui 14 North Korea PRK
58 QR Lo Ok-Sil 14 North Korea PRK
61 QR Avelina Alvarez 18 Portugal POR
62 QR Gloria Viseras 15 Spain ESP