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
The men’s quadruple sculls event had made its début at the World Championships in 1974 and the Olympics in 1976, and the East Germans had never lost, thus making them the overwhelming favorites for the 1980 Summer Olympics. The nation sent Frank Dundr, Carsten Bunk, Uwe Heppner, and Martin Winter to Moscow. The other podium spots were more open, particularly as one of the nations who had won the last two World silver and bronze medals, West Germany, did not attend the Games due to the American-led boycott. France, the 1978 runners-up, sent its 1979 bronze medal-winning crew: Christian Marquis, Jean Raymond Peltier, Charles Imbert, and Roland Weill.
East Germany dominated the opening round by finishing over seven and a half seconds ahead of Bulgaria, its nearest competitor, and over 12 seconds faster than the other heat winner, Yugoslavia. The final, however, was a much more interesting affair, with those on the podium finishing within just over two and a half seconds for each other. The Soviet Union undertook a valiant drive as they approached the finish line, but could not pass the East Germans and thus settled for silver. The Bulgarians followed shortly thereafter, nabbing bronze.