Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Football Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 25, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
The Soviet Union were World Champions and, with home advantage, were expected to win the Olympic title for the first time since 1964. Their chances increased when West Germany, the reigning Olympic gold medallists, agreed to boycott the Games.
The USSR advanced to the final with a win over Poland which was marred by a serious injury to [Vladimir Lapitsky]. The Soviet was run through by the sword of his Polish opponent. The foil pierced his chest and only narrowly missed his heart. Thankfully he made a full recovery.
Perhaps this incident affected the Soviet team as they could only tie 8-8 with underdogs France in the final. France took the gold medal on the tie-break rule by 68 hits to 60.