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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 400 metres Hurdles

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980

Gold: GDR Volker Beck
Silver: URS Vasyl Arkhypenko
Bronze: GBR Gary Oakes


[Volker Beck] of the GDR won the gold medal – possibly the most devalued gold medal in Olympic history as the American boycott kept [Edwin Moses] from defending his title. Moses was by 1980 already considered the greatest ever intermediate hurdler and he would have been an overwhelming favorite in Moskva. The second best 400 hurdler in 1980 was also not in Moskva, that being the FRG's [Harald Schmid], the 1978 European Champion. In their absence Beck won in the slowest Olympic winning time since 1964.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Volker Beck 24 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Vasyl Arkhypenko 23 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Gary Oakes 21 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Mykola Vasyliev 24 Soviet Union URS
5 Rok Kopitar 21 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Horia Toboc 25 Romania ROU
7 Franz Meier 23 Switzerland SUI
8 Yanko Bratanov 28 Bulgaria BUL
4 h1 r2/3 Harry Schulting 24 Netherlands NED
5 h1 r2/3 Aleksandr Kharlov 22 Soviet Union URS
6 h1 r2/3 József Szalai 19 Hungary HUN
6 h2 r2/3 Ryszard Szparak 29 Poland POL
7 h1 r2/3 Antônio Ferreira 20 Brazil BRA
7 h2 r2/3 John Akii-Bua 30 Uganda UGA
8 h2 r2/3 Juan Lloveras 24 Spain ESP
5 h2 r1/3 José Casabona 23 Spain ESP
6 h3 r1/3 Christer Gullstrand 21 Sweden SWE
7 h1 r1/3 Davison Lishebo 25 Zambia ZAM
7 h3 r1/3 Amer Maaraoui 21 Syria SYR
8 h3 r1/3 Abdul Latif Abbas 27 Kuwait KUW
AC h2 r1/3 Wilfred Kareng 34 Botswana BOT
AC h2 r1/3 Leonel Teller 19 Nicaragua NCA