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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 28, 1980

Gold: URS Viktor Rashchupkin
Silver: TCH Imrich Bugár
Bronze: CUB Luis Delís


The American boycott prevented competition between the East Germans, the Soviets and the best American throwers, which included defending champion [Mac Wilkins] and … four-time champion [Al Oerter]. Wilkins was still considered the best American discus thrower, and won the meaningless 1980 US Olympic Trials. But Oerter had come out of retirement to compete again and in 1980 would have the second longest throw of the year with a PR 69.46 (227-10¾). He placed fourth at the Olympic Trial, but if it had really meant something … well, who knows. The world record holder in 1980 was [Wolfgang Schmidt], the silver medalist from Montréal and 1978 European Champion. But he had an ankle injury and would finish out of the medals. The gold medal was won by Soviet [Viktor Rashchupkin], a journeyman thrower who produced a PR to win. The Soviet judges were felt to be helpful, as Cuba's [Luis Delís]'s final throw appeared to be a winning mark, but some observers thought it was marked at least a foot short.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Viktor Rashchupkin 29 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Imrich Bugár 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Luis Delís 22 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Wolfgang Schmidt 26 East Germany GDR
5 Yury Dumchev 21 Soviet Union URS
6 Ihor Duhinets 24 Soviet Union URS
7 Emil Vladimirov 28 Bulgaria BUL
8 Velko Velev 32 Bulgaria BUL
9 Markku Tuokko 29 Finland FIN
10 José Santa Cruz 26 Cuba CUB
11 Hilmar Hoßfeld 26 East Germany GDR
12 Kenth Gardenkrans 24 Sweden SWE
13 QR Armin Lemme 24 East Germany GDR
14 QR Iosif Naghi 33 Romania ROU
15 QR Namakoro Niaré 37 Mali MLI
16 QR Adnan Houri 25 Syria SYR
17 QR Najim Abdulrazak 18 Kuwait KUW
AC QR Óskar Jakobsson 25 Iceland ISL