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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's 800 metres

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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 27, 1980

Gold: URS Nadiya Olizarenko
Silver: URS Olga Syrovatskaya-Mineyeva
Bronze: URS Tatyana Providokhina


The American-led boycott had little effect on this race as all the top runners were from the USSR or East Germany. In fact the top five finishers in this event would come from those two nations, with the Soviet Union sweeping the medals. [Nadezhda Olizarenko] was favored, having placed second at the 1978 Europeans (as Mushta), and equalling the world record with 1:54.9 at a meet in Moskva in June 1980. The 1978 European Champion was also a Soviet, [Tatyana Providokhina]. At the Olympics, Olizarenko wasted no time, moving into the lead with a fast first lap of 27.2 and 56.2. The field was still close at that time, but she then added 28.5 for the third 200 and dropped everybody but [Olga Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva]. Finishing strongly (last 200 in 28.8) gave her the gold medal and a world record of 1:53.43, with Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva getting silver, and Providokhina the bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nadiya Olizarenko 26 Soviet Union URS Gold WR
2 Olga Syrovatskaya-Mineyeva 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Tatyana Providokhina 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Martina Kämpfert 20 East Germany GDR
5 Hildegard Ullrich 20 East Germany GDR
6 Jolanta Januchta 25 Poland POL
7 Nikolina Shtereva 25 Bulgaria BUL
8 Gabriella Dorio 23 Italy ITA
4 h2 r2/3 Fița Lovin 29 Romania ROU
5 h2 r2/3 Vesela Yatsinska 29 Bulgaria BUL
6 h1 r2/3 Doina Beșliu-Melinte 23 Romania ROU
6 h2 r2/3 Totka Petrova 23 Bulgaria BUL
7 h1 r2/3 Elżbieta Skowrońska-Katolik 30 Poland POL
7 h2 r2/3 Anna Bukis 26 Poland POL
8 h1 r2/3 Anne-Marie Van Nuffel 24 Belgium BEL
8 h2 r2/3 Christina Boxer-Cahill 23 Great Britain GBR
5 h1 r1/3 Mwinga Mwanjala 20 Tanzania TAN
5 h2 r1/3 Daniela Porcelli 18 Italy ITA
5 h3 r1/3 Agnese Possamai 27 Italy ITA
5 h4 r1/3 Lilian Nyiti 21 Tanzania TAN
6 h1 r1/3 Geeta Zutshi 23 India IND
6 h2 r1/3 Albertine Rahéliarisoa 19 Madagascar MAD
6 h3 r1/3 Fatalmoudou Touré Mali MLI
6 h4 r1/3 Hala El-Moughrabi 21 Syria SYR
7 h1 r1/3 Fantaye Sirak 16 Ethiopia ETH
7 h2 r1/3 Margaret Morel 22 Seychelles SEY
7 h4 r1/3 Acacia Mate Mozambique MOZ
8 h4 r1/3 Eugenia Osho-Williams 19 Sierra Leone SLE