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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 3, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984
Events: 41

Participants: 1,280 (894 men and 384 women) from 124 countries
Youngest Participant: THA Wassana Panyapuek (15 years, 241 days)
Oldest Participant: GBR Joyce Smith (46 years, 284 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Carl Lewis (4 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (40 medals)

Overview

The 1984 track & field athletics competition was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which had hosted the 1932 Olympic Games, and was the home field for UCLA and Southern Cal football. The competition was affected by the Soviet-led boycott, especially in the throwing events, and most notably among the men, in the hammer throw, in which most of the world’s top 10 did not compete. The athletics was notable for two new events available for women – the 3,000 metres and especially, the marathon. In addition, this was the first Olympics contested after the IAAF had finally relented and decided to contest a World Championships, which had first been held in 1983 in Helsinki. The single big name of the 1984 athletics was Carl Lewis, who set a goal of winning the same four gold medals won by Jesse Owens in Berlin in 1936, and accomplished that goal. Among the women the big star was Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who won the 200 and 400 and ran the 3rd leg on the winning American 4x400 relay team. Daley Thompson also starred, defending his Olympic decathlon title, becoming only the second athlete to do so, after Bob Mathias.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres USA Carl Lewis USA Sam Graddy CAN Ben Johnson
Men's 200 metres USA Carl Lewis USA Kirk Baptiste USA Thomas Jefferson
Men's 400 metres USA Alonzo Babers CIV Gabriel Tiacoh USA Antonio McKay
Men's 800 metres BRA Joaquim Cruz GBR Seb Coe USA Earl Jones
Men's 1,500 metres GBR Seb Coe GBR Steve Cram ESP José Manuel Abascal
Men's 5,000 metres MAR Saïd Aouita SUI Markus Ryffel POR António Leitão
Men's 10,000 metres ITA Alberto Cova GBR Mike McLeod KEN Mike Musyoki
Men's Marathon POR Carlos Lopes IRL John Treacy GBR Charlie Spedding
Men's 110 metres Hurdles USA Roger Kingdom USA Greg Foster FIN Arto Bryggare
Men's 400 metres Hurdles USA Edwin Moses USA Danny Harris FRG Harald Schmid
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase KEN Julius Korir FRA Joseph Mahmoud USA Brian Diemer
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States JAM Jamaica CAN Canada
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States GBR Great Britain NGR Nigeria
Men's 20 kilometres Walk MEX Ernesto Canto MEX Raúl González ITA Maurizio Damilano
Men's 50 kilometres Walk MEX Raúl González SWE Bo Gustafsson ITA Sandro Bellucci
Men's High Jump FRG Dietmar Mögenburg SWE Patrik Sjöberg CHN Zhu Jianhua
Men's Pole Vault FRA Pierre Quinon USA Mike Tully FRA Thierry Vigneron
USA Earl Bell
Men's Long Jump USA Carl Lewis AUS Gary Honey ITA Giovanni Evangelisti
Men's Triple Jump USA Al Joyner USA Mike Conley GBR Keith Connor
Men's Shot Put ITA Alessandro Andrei USA Mike Carter USA Dave Laut
Men's Discus Throw FRG Rolf Danneberg USA Mac Wilkins USA John Powell
Men's Hammer Throw FIN Juha Tiainen FRG Karl-Hans Riehm FRG Klaus Ploghaus
Men's Javelin Throw FIN Arto Härkönen GBR Dave Ottley SWE Kenth Eldebrink
Men's Decathlon GBR Daley Thompson FRG Jürgen Hingsen FRG Siggi Wentz
Women's 100 metres USA Evelyn Ashford USA Alice Brown JAM Merlene Ottey-Page
Women's 200 metres USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks USA Florence Griffith Joyner JAM Merlene Ottey-Page
Women's 400 metres USA Valerie Brisco-Hooks USA Chandra Cheeseborough GBR Kathy Smallwood-Cook
Women's 800 metres ROU Doina Beşliu-Melinte USA Kim Gallagher ROU Fiţa Lovin
Women's 1,500 metres ITA Gabriella Dorio ROU Doina Beşliu-Melinte ROU Maricica Puică
Women's 3,000 metres ROU Maricica Puică GBR Wendy Sly CAN Lynn Williams
Women's Marathon USA Joan Benoit NOR Grete Andersen-Waitz POR Rosa Mota
Women's 100 metres Hurdles USA Benita Fitzgerald-Brown GBR Shirley Strong FRA Michèle Chardonnet
USA Kim Turner
Women's 400 metres Hurdles MAR Nawal El-Moutawakel USA Judi Brown ROU Christeana Cojocaru
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay USA United States CAN Canada GBR Great Britain
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States CAN Canada FRG West Germany
Women's High Jump FRG Ulrike Meyfarth ITA Sara Simeoni USA Joni Huntley
Women's Long Jump ROU Anişoara Stanciu-Cuşmir ROU Valy Ionescu GBR Sue Hearnshaw
Women's Shot Put FRG Claudia Losch ROU Mihaela Loghin AUS Gael Mulhall-Martin
Women's Discus Throw NED Ria Stalman USA Leslie Deniz ROU Florenţa Ţacu-Crăciunescu
Women's Javelin Throw GBR Tessa Sanderson FIN Tiina Lillak GBR Fatima Whitbread
Women's Heptathlon AUS Glynis Nunn USA Jackie Joyner-Kersee FRG Sabine Everts