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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 30, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 1980

Gold: URS Yuriy Siedykh
Silver: URS Sergey Litvinov
Bronze: URS Jüri Tamm


The Americans were not present because of the boycott, but in this event nobody noticed. Defending champion [Yury Sedykh] was the best thrower in the world and always seemed to come thru in major meets, having won the 1978 European Championship as well. He was favored but his Soviet teammates were formidable, led by [Sergey Litvinov] and Estonian [Jüri Tamm]. The only important missing athlete was West Germany's [Karl-Hans Riehm], a previous world record holder, who was undefeated in the pre-Olympic year. Sedykh settled the competition quickly. He threw first in the final and unleashed a world record 81.80 (268-4½). It would stand up for the gold. Sedykh had four of the longest throws in the event. Litvinov won silver with his opening 80.64 (264-6¾) and then had five fouls. Tamm completed the second consecutive Soviet medal sweep.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yuriy Siedykh 25 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Sergey Litvinov 22 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Jüri Tamm 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Roland Steuk 21 East Germany GDR
5 Detlef Gerstenberg 23 East Germany GDR
6 Emanuil Dyulgerov 25 Bulgaria BUL
7 Gian Paolo Urlando 35 Italy ITA
8 Ireneusz Golda 25 Poland POL
9 Harri Huhtala 27 Finland FIN
10 Juha Tiainen 24 Finland FIN
11 Armando Orozco 22 Cuba CUB
12 Jiří Chamrád 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
13 QR Peter Farmer 28 Australia AUS
14 QR Chris Black 30 Great Britain GBR
15 QR Paul Dickenson 30 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Seán Egan 23 Ireland IRL
17 QR Khaled Ghaloum 22 Kuwait KUW