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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Men's 4 x 400 m

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1980  
Date Finished: August 1, 1980  
(Competitors: 97; Countries: 24; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF    1980_olympic_stadium.jpg
With the United States, Kenya and FRG missing, the event was seriously undermined, and yet the race for gold – which would have been for silver at best with the missing teams included – was excellent. The Soviet team was fastest in the heats by two seconds, with 3:01.8. The USSR replaced Viktor Burakov with Markin for the final. It was only in 1984 that heat runners also won gold medals, so Burakov won only the honour of being on the team. Valiulis led on the first leg, just ahead of Thiele and Coombs, but Knebel took the lead at the finish of the staggers at the 500m mark. Linge closed on the GDR team, and the two handed over level. Behind them Trinidad was the closest team, just 6m back, until the third runner collided with Knebel, and the Trinidad team was never in the hunt thereafter. Up ahead Chernyetskiy and Schaffer ran level, and the two 400m gold medallists – Beck the hurdler, and Markin the flat winner – took over level. Markin took the lead after 100m, and held off Beck after both men tried to play a waiting game. Four years later a slightly over-the-hill Markin at full-blast ran 43.9 in the Soviet bloc’s substitute Games after they had boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The top three teams entering the Olympic year were considered to be the USA, Kenya, and West Germany. But all three boycotted the Moskva Olympics, leading to a severely devalued event. At this time, substitutes were not allowed in the early rounds of the relays, and a runner could only be replaced in the final due to an injury. The Soviets controversially held out 400 gold medalist Viktor Markin in the opening round, instead running Viktor Burakov. But Buryakov developed a mysterious injury before the final, allowing Markin to run. The final was quite close throughout with no more than 1-2 metres separating the USSR and the GDR. The GDR actually had a narrow lead at the bell, and their anchor was run by Volker Beck, gold medalist in the 400 hurdles. But Markin ran him down on the final lap, and won by slightly over a metre. The winning time was the slowest since the 1960 Olympics.
 
 
        Results        
 
4 x 400 m Men     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.01.08     Remigijus Valiulis LTU, Mikhail Linge RUS, Nikolay Chernyetskiy RUS, Viktor Markin RUS Soviet Union URS    
2 3.01.26     Klaus Thiele GER, Andreas Knebel GER, Frank Schaffer GER, Volker Beck GER East Germany GDR    
3 3.04.3a     Stefano Malinverni, Mauro Zuliani, Roberto Tozzi, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
4 3.04.8a     Jacques Fellice, Robert Froissart, Didier Dubois, Francois Demarthon France FRA    
5 3.05.9a     Paulo Roberto Correia, Antônio Euzébio Ferreira, Agberto Guimarães, Geraldo Pegado Brazil BRA    
6 3.06.6a     Joseph Coombs, Charles Joseph, Rafee Mohammed, Mike Solomon Trinidad and Tobago TTO    
7 3.07.0a     Josef Lomicky CZE, Dušan Malovec SVK, Frantisek Brecka CZE, Karel Kolár CZE Czechoslovakia TCH    
  DNF     Alan Bell, Terry Whitehead, Rod Milne, Glen Cohen Great Britain GBR    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.01.8a     Nikolay Chernyetskiy RUS, Mikhail Linge RUS, Remigijus Valiulis LTU, Viktor Burakov UKR Soviet Union URS    
2 3.04.9a     Paulo Roberto Correia, Antônio Euzébio Ferreira, Agberto Guimarães, Geraldo Pegado Brazil BRA    
3 3.05.3a     Zeljko Knapic CRO, Milovan Savic CRO, Rok Kopitar SLO, Josip Alebic CRO Yugoslavia YUG    
4 3.05.8a     Jan Pawlowicz, Jerzy Pietrzyk, Adam Starostka, Andrzej Stepien Poland POL    
5 3.06.0a     Marcel Klarenbeek, Marinus Westbroek, Henk Brouwer, Harry Schulting Netherlands NED    
6 3.06.9a     Isidoro Hornillos, Colomán Trabado, Benjamín González, José Casabona Spain ESP    
7 3.14.9a     Charles Lupiya, Alston Sidney Muziyo, Archfel Musango, Davison Lishebo Zambia ZAM    
8 3.25.0a     William Akabi-Davies, Jimmy Massallay, Sahr Kendor, George Branche Sierra Leone SLE    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.03.4a     Klaus Thiele GER, Andreas Knebel GER, Frank Schaffer GER, Volker Beck GER East Germany GDR    
2 3.03.5a     Josef Lomicky CZE, Dušan Malovec SVK, Frantisek Brecka CZE, Karel Kolár CZE Czechoslovakia TCH    
3 3.03.5a     Stefano Malinverni, Mauro Zuliani, Roberto Tozzi, Pietro Mennea Italy ITA    
4 3.04.3a     Joseph Coombs, Charles Joseph, Rafee Mohammed, Mike Solomon Trinidad and Tobago TTO    
5 3.07.0a     Pius Olowo, Charles Dramiga, John Akii-Bua, Silver Ayoo Uganda UGA    
6 3.16.7a     Bachir Al-Fallah, Salem El Margini, Ahmed Mohamed Sallouma, Salah Al-Mehdi Libya LBA    
7 3.18.2a     Besha Tuffa, Kumela Fituma, Asfaw Debele, Atre Bezabeh Ethiopia ETH    
  DNF     Eddy De Leeuw, Danny Roelandt, Rijk Van den Berghe, Alfons Brijdenbach Belgium BEL    
4 x 400 m Men     Heat 3 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.05.4a     Jacques Fellice, Robert Froissart, Didier Dubois, Francois Demarthon France FRA    
2 3.05.9a     Alan Bell, Terry Whitehead, Rod Milne, Glen Cohen Great Britain GBR    
3 3.07.2a     Rolf Strittmatter, Peter Haas, Rolf Gisler, Urs Kamber Switzerland SUI    
4 3.10.5a     Hussain Ali Nasayyif, Hassan Ali Kadhum, Mohamed Al-Sada, Abbas Al-Aibi Iraq IRQ    
5 3.14.1a     Sunday Uti, Hope Ezeigbo, Felix Imadiyi, Dele Udo Nigeria NGR    
6 3.14.4a     Dharmasena Samaratne, Kosala Sahabandu, Newton Perera, Appunidage Premachandra Sri Lanka SRI    
7 3.19.2a     Vincent Confait, Regis Tranquille, Marcos Larose, Casimir Pereira SYR Seychelles SEY    
  DNF     Derrick Peynado, Colin Bradford, Ian Stapleton, Bert Cameron Jamaica JAM    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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