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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 400 metres

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 25, 1980
Date Finished: July 28, 1980

Gold: GDR Marita Koch
Silver: TCH Jarmila Kratochvílová
Bronze: GDR Christina Brehmer-Lathan


The American boycott had little effect on this event as the top one lappers were Soviets and East Germans, led by [Marita Koch], the prohibitive favorite. Between 1978 and 1979 she had bettered the world record five times, and had won the 1978 European Championship. In that meet she became the first woman to better 49 seconds. The final in Moskva was an easy victory for her, winning by 5-6 metres. The first three women in this race ran under 50 seconds, the first time that had been accomplished.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Marita Koch 23 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Jarmila Kratochvílová 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Christina Brehmer-Lathan 22 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Irina Nazarova 22 Soviet Union URS
5 Nina Ziuskova 28 Soviet Union URS
6 Gabriele Löwe 21 East Germany GDR
7 Pirjo Wilmi-Häggman 29 Finland FIN
8 Linsey MacDonald 16 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r2/3 Lyudmila Chernova 25 Soviet Union URS
5 h2 r2/3 Michelle Probert-Scutt 20 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r2/3 Joslyn Hoyte-Smith 25 Great Britain GBR
6 h2 r2/3 Ilona Pál 25 Hungary HUN
7 h1 r2/3 Małgorzata Dunecka 23 Poland POL
7 h2 r2/3 Grażyna Oliszewska 20 Poland POL
8 h1 r2/3 Rositsa Stamenova 25 Bulgaria BUL
8 h2 r2/3 Irena Szewińska-Kirszenstein 34 Poland POL
4 h1 r1/3 Svobodka Damyanova 25 Bulgaria BUL
4 h2 r1/3 Maria Samungi 29 Romania ROU
4 h3 r1/3 Karoline Käfer 25 Austria AUT
4 h4 r1/3 Mary Akinyemi 25 Nigeria NGR
5 h1 r1/3 Niculina Lazarciuc 22 Romania ROU
5 h2 r1/3 Sophie Malbranque 20 France FRA
5 h3 r1/3 Erica Rossi 24 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Elena Tărîță 25 Romania ROU
5 h5 r1/3 Rosine Wallez 23 Belgium BEL
6 h1 r1/3 Ann-Louise Skoglund 18 Sweden SWE
6 h2 r1/3 Hala El-Moughrabi 21 Syria SYR
6 h3 r1/3 Judit Forgács 21 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r1/3 Malena Andonova 23 Bulgaria BUL
6 h5 r1/3 Gloria Ayanlaja 24 Nigeria NGR
7 h1 r1/3 Kehinde Vaughan 18 Nigeria NGR
7 h2 r1/3 Xiomara Larios 21 Nicaragua NCA
7 h3 r1/3 Marième Boye 23 Senegal SEN
7 h4 r1/3 Anne Michel 20 Belgium BEL
7 h5 r1/3 Ruth Williams-Simpson 30 Jamaica JAM
8 h1 r1/3 Eugenia Osho-Williams 19 Sierra Leone SLE
8 h4 r1/3 Acacia Mate Mozambique MOZ
8 h5 r1/3 Trần Thị Ngọc Anh 22 Vietnam VIE