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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Men's 800 m

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 24, 1980 Format: Top three in each heat and next six fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 26, 1980  
(Competitors: 41; Countries: 28; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF    1980_olympic_stadium.jpg
Despite very ordinary times in the semi-finals (Ovett 1:46.55, Kirov 1:46.53, Coe 1:46.61), the final was eagerly awaited as the two top British middle distance runners – Coe and Ovett – had only once met each other before over 800m. Only the top Americans (Don Paige and James Robinson) and James Maina of Kenya were missing from the final, due to the boycott initiated by the United States. Guimarães led the field through a cautious first lap of the final, with Ovett buried in the field and Coe running wide. By 600m Ovett had moved to the shoulder of Kirov (1:19.8), and as they reached 700m Ovett struck, with Coe too far behind to make up the deficit, though he did move from fourth to second in the finishing straight. Coe, the most elegant half miler of his generation – and the fastest – would only ever triumph in a major 800m championship once – winning the 1986 European title.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Americans boycotted Moskva and took over 60 nations with them but the British athletes defied their government's wishes and competed at the 1980 Olympics. This allowed the two best 800 metre runners in the world to compete – Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe. They had raced at the distance only once before, at the 1978 European Championships, with Ovett winning silver and Coe bronze, both beaten by the GDR's Olaf Beyer. The only top runner missing in Moskva was American Don Paige, who would have challenged in both the 800 and 1,500. Coe was the world record holder, having recorded 1:42.4 in Oslo at the 1979 Bislett Games. He had also broken the 1,500 and mile world record in 1979, but in 1980, Ovett bettered both those marks prior to the Olympics. Coe was a slight favorite with Ovett considered better over the longer distance. The pace was very slow in the final, led by Brazil's Agberto Guimarães on the first lap. Soviet Nikolay Kirov then took the lead thru 600 metres when Ovett moved up on the final curve. He had the lead at the start of the stretch, with Coe far back and unable to make up enough ground, although he closed quickly to get the silver medal.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in minutes) prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1:42.33 United Kingdom Sebastian Coe Oslo (NOR) July 5, 1979
Olympic Record 1:43.50 Cuba Alberto Juantorena Montreal (CAN) July 25, 1976
 
        Results        
 
800 m Men     Final 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.45.40     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
2 1.45.85     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
3 1.45.94     Nikolay Kirov Soviet Union URS 22 Nov 57  
4 1.46.20     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
5 1.46.81     Andreas Busse East Germany GDR 6 May 59  
6 1.46.91     Detlef Wagenknecht East Germany GDR 3 Jan 59  
7 1.47.26     José Marajo France FRA 10 Aug 54  
8 1.49.25     Dave Warren Great Britain GBR 11 Feb 56  
800 m Men     Semifinal 1 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.55     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
2 1.46.86     Andreas Busse East Germany GDR 6 May 59  
3 1.46.86     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
4 1.47.56     Owen Hamilton Jamaica JAM 21 Apr 58  
5 1.47.57     Milovan Savic Yugoslavia YUG 16 Jun 53  
6 1.48.05     Roger Milhau France FRA 29 Mar 55  
7 1.48.08     Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58  
8 1.48.11     Mehdi Aïdet Algeria ALG 3 Nov 53  
800 m Men     Semifinal 2 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.53     Nikolay Kirov Soviet Union URS 22 Nov 57  
2 1.47.12     Dave Warren Great Britain GBR 11 Feb 56  
3 1.47.22     José Marajo France FRA 10 Aug 54  
4 1.47.56     Olaf Beyer East Germany GDR 4 Aug 57  
5 1.47.75     Antonio Paez Spain ESP 5 Sep 56  
6 1.48.68     Carlo Grippo Italy ITA 8 Jan 55  
7 1.48.73     Andras Paróczai Hungary HUN 11 Jun 56  
8 1.48.92     Sri Ram Singh India IND 21 Jun 50  
800 m Men     Semifinal 3 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.46.61     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
2 1.46.68     Detlef Wagenknecht East Germany GDR 3 Jan 59  
3 1.47.25     Binko Kolev Bulgaria BUL 28 Jul 58  
4 1.47.38     William Wuycke Venezuela VEN 21 May 58  
5 1.48.12     Anatoliy Reshetnyak Soviet Union URS 14 Apr 55  
6 1.49.67     Philippe Dupont France FRA 31 May 58  
7 1.51.42     Musa Luliga Tanzania TAN 24 Sep 54  
8 1.51.81     Derradji Harek Algeria ALG 19 Dec 59  
800 m Men     Heat 1 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.49.39     Steve Ovett Great Britain GBR 9 Oct 55  
2 1.49.50     Antonio Paez Spain ESP 5 Sep 56  
3 1.49.53     Philippe Dupont France FRA 31 May 58  
4 1.49.72     Sri Ram Singh India IND 21 Jun 50  
5 1.50.3a     Abebe Zerihun Ethiopia ETH 18 Feb 55  
6 1.52.5a     Langa Mudongo Botswana BOT 2 May 55  
7 1.56.1a     Kenneth Hlasa Lesotho LES 2 Mar 55  
800 m Men     Heat 2 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.43     Detlef Wagenknecht East Germany GDR 3 Jan 59  
2 1.47.47     Nikolay Kirov Soviet Union URS 22 Nov 57  
3 1.47.50     Andras Paróczai Hungary HUN 11 Jun 56  
4 1.47.87     Colomán Trabado Spain ESP 2 Jan 58  
5 1.49.6a     Musa Luliga Tanzania TAN 24 Sep 54  
6 1.51.1a     Jón Didriksson Iceland ISL 17 Jun 55  
7 1.54.6a     George Branche Sierra Leone SLE 3 Apr 53  
800 m Men     Heat 3 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.47.34     Andreas Busse East Germany GDR 6 May 59  
2 1.47.91     Anatoliy Reshetnyak Soviet Union URS 14 Apr 55  
3 1.48.14     Agberto Guimarães Brazil BRA 18 Aug 57  
4 1.48.42     William Wuycke Venezuela VEN 21 May 58  
5 1.49.9a     Derradji Harek Algeria ALG 19 Dec 59  
6 1.50.5a     Tisbite Rakotoarisoa Madagascar MAD    
7 1.51.4a     Khaled Mahmoud Kuwait KUW 11 Nov 58  
800 m Men     Heat 4 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.48.44     Sebastian Coe Great Britain GBR 29 Sep 56  
2 1.48.46     Roger Milhau France FRA 29 Mar 55  
3 1.48.65     Binko Kolev Bulgaria BUL 28 Jul 58  
4 1.48.87     Carlo Grippo Italy ITA 8 Jan 55  
5 1.51.6a     Archfel Musango Zambia ZAM 9 Mar 59  
6 1.52.3a     Mohamed Makhlouf Syria SYR 10 Nov 57  
7 2.04.4a     Jimmy Massallay Sierra Leone SLE 9 Nov 52  
800 m Men     Heat 5 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.48.88     Olaf Beyer East Germany GDR 4 Aug 57  
2 1.49.17     Milovan Savic Yugoslavia YUG 16 Jun 53  
3 1.49.27     Owen Hamilton Jamaica JAM 21 Apr 58  
4 1.50.0a     Salem El Margini Libya LBA 57  
5 1.52.7a     Atre Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH 12 Jun 54  
6 1.59.9a     Adam Assimi Benin BEN    
800 m Men     Heat 6 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.49.6a     José Marajo France FRA 10 Aug 54  
2 1.49.9a     Dave Warren Great Britain GBR 11 Feb 56  
3 1.50.4a     Mehdi Aïdet Algeria ALG 3 Nov 53  
4 1.51.1a     Nigousse Bekele Ethiopia ETH 9 Nov 59  
5 1.58.9a     Sekou Camara Guinea GUI    
6 2.05.5a     Vongdeaune Phongsavanh Laos LAO 1 May 57  
7 2.06.5a     Sahr Kendor Sierra Leone SLE 7 Oct 62  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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