Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Canoeing and Rowing Basin, Krylatskoye Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980
East Germany was the defending Olympic champion in the men’s coxed eights, as well as the winner of the last four World Championships. With New Zealand not entering a crew and the absence of West Germany due to the American-led boycott, the stage seemed set for an easy East German victory. In the opening round, however, the Soviet Union had the fastest time, perhaps facilitated by the presence of Great Britain in their heat, the runners-up from the 1976 Summer Olympics. While Great Britain had not been on the podium at a major international event since then, the Soviet Union had been runner-up at the 1977 World Championships and a bronze medalist in 1979. In the final, the East Germans were less dominant than they had been at other events, but still took gold comfortably from the Britons, who settled for silver. The Soviets rounded out the podium with a third-place finish, ahead of the Czechoslovakians.