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Athletics at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Women's Shot Put

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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 24, 1980
Format: Final only.

Gold: GDR Ilona Schoknecht-Slupianek
Silver: URS Esfir Dolzhenko-Krachevskaya
Bronze: GDR Margitta Droese-Pufe


The Americans boycotted but nobody noticed in this event. But there were only 14 putters entered so the officials dispensed with a qualifying round and went straight to the final round. The three dominant nations were the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, and Bulgaria, and they would provide the first eight finishers. The best putter early in 1980 had been [Ilona Slupianek] (GDR) who broke the world record twice in May with 22.36 (73-4½) and 22.45 (73-8). Slupianek won the gold medal in round one with 22.41 (73-6¼) and dominated the competition. Her worst mark of six fair throws was 21.42 (70-3½), which would have tied for the silver medal. The silver medalist was [Esfir Krachevskaya], who had competed in 1972 as Esfir Dolzhenko. Slupianek had not competed in 1979, having tested positive for steroids, and she has the infamy of being the first East German to fail a doping test.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Ilona Schoknecht-Slupianek 23 East Germany GDR Gold 22.41 OR
2 Esfir Dolzhenko-Krachevskaya 35 Soviet Union URS Silver 21.42
3 Margitta Droese-Pufe 27 East Germany GDR Bronze 21.20 OR
4 Nunu Abashydze 25 Soviet Union URS 21.15
5 Virzhiniya Veselinova 22 Bulgaria BUL 20.72
6 Elena Stoyanova 28 Bulgaria BUL 20.22
7 Nataliya Akhrimenko 25 Soviet Union URS 19.74
8 Ines Reichenbach-Müller 21 East Germany GDR 19.66
9 María Elena Sarría 25 Cuba CUB 19.37
10 Zdeňka Bartoňová-Šilhavá 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 18.40
11 Ivanka Petrova 29 Bulgaria BUL 18.34
12 Gael Mulhall-Martin 23 Australia AUS 18.00
13 Angela Littlewood 30 Great Britain GBR 17.53
14 Cinzia Petrucci 24 Italy ITA 17.27