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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Men's 400 m hurdles

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 24, 1980 Format: Top four in each heat and next four fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: July 26, 1980  
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 19; Finalists: 8)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF   1980_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Edwin Moses (nine) and Harald Schmid (six) had the top 15 marks of the year, but were not in Moscow because of the US-led boycott. This event was seriously devalued without the best men in the event, as was shown by no-one breaking 50 seconds in the heats, and only Arkhipenko (49.80) and Vasilyev (49.87) ducking below that mark in the semi-finals. Oakes blasted out from the gun in the final and led by a metre from Beck at halfway, with Arkhipenko third. The Soviet athlete worked hard around the final curve and caught the Briton at the eighth hurdle, with Beck appearing to be holding back. The East German kicked hard after the ninth hurdle, going past the tiring Oakes, and catching Arkhipenko at the final barrier. Beck was too strong for the Ukrainian over the last 40m and won by a long metre. Oakes was a further 2m back, well clear of Vasilyev, and won a medal which was wholly unexpected for the British.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Volker Beck of the GDR won the gold medal – possibly the most devalued gold medal in Olympic history as the American boycott kept Edwin Moses from defending his title. Moses was by 1980 already considered the greatest ever intermediate hurdler and he would have been an overwhelming favorite in Moskva. The second best 400 hurdler in 1980 was also not in Moskva, that being the FRG's Harald Schmid, the 1978 European Champion. In their absence Beck won in the slowest Olympic winning time since 1964.
 
 
        Results        
 
400 m hurdles Men     Final 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 48.70     Volker Beck East Germany GDR 30 Jun 56  
2 48.86     Vasiliy Arkhipenko Soviet Union URS 28 Jan 57  
3 49.11     Gary Oakes Great Britain GBR 21 Sep 58  
4 49.34     Nikolay Vasilyev Soviet Union URS 18 Dec 56  
5 49.67     Rok Kopitar Yugoslavia YUG 5 May 59  
6 49.84     Horia Toboc Romania ROU 7 Feb 55  
7 50.00     Franz Meier Switzerland SUI 16 Sep 56  
8 56.35     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 1 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.36     Volker Beck East Germany GDR 30 Jun 56  
2 50.55     Rok Kopitar Yugoslavia YUG 5 May 59  
3 50.58     Horia Toboc Romania ROU 7 Feb 55  
4 50.61     Harry Schulting Netherlands NED 11 Feb 56  
5 50.64     Aleksandr Kharlov Soviet Union URS 18 Mar 58  
6 51.06     József Szalai Hungary HUN 8 Mar 61  
7 52.31     Antônio Euzébio Ferreira Brazil BRA 2 Mar 60  
  DNS     Christer Gullstrand Sweden SWE 26 Mar 59  
400 m hurdles Men     Semifinal 2 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 49.80     Vasiliy Arkhipenko Soviet Union URS 28 Jan 57  
2 49.87     Nikolay Vasilyev Soviet Union URS 18 Dec 56  
3 50.07     Gary Oakes Great Britain GBR 21 Sep 58  
4 50.12     Franz Meier Switzerland SUI 16 Sep 56  
5 50.17     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
6 50.41     Ryszard Szparak Poland POL 2 Jul 51  
7 51.10     John Akii-Bua Uganda UGA 3 Dec 49  
8 51.86     Juan Lloveras Spain ESP 2 Aug 55  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 1 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.09     Nikolay Vasilyev Soviet Union URS 18 Dec 56  
2 50.14     Antônio Euzébio Ferreira Brazil BRA 2 Mar 60  
3 50.35     Volker Beck East Germany GDR 30 Jun 56  
4 50.45     Ryszard Szparak Poland POL 2 Jul 51  
5 50.87     John Akii-Bua Uganda UGA 3 Dec 49  
6 50.89     Horia Toboc Romania ROU 7 Feb 55  
7 51.73     Davison Lishebo Zambia ZAM 1 Oct 55  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 2 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.01     Harry Schulting Netherlands NED 11 Feb 56  
2 50.23     József Szalai Hungary HUN 8 Mar 61  
3 50.39     Gary Oakes Great Britain GBR 21 Sep 58  
4 50.79     Aleksandr Kharlov Soviet Union URS 18 Mar 58  
5 51.26     José Casabona Spain ESP 8 Feb 57  
  DNF     Wilfred Kareng Botswana BOT 25 Apr 46  
  DNF     Leonel Teller Nicaragua NCA 29 Mar 61  
400 m hurdles Men     Heat 3 24 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 50.22     Vasiliy Arkhipenko Soviet Union URS 28 Jan 57  
2 50.32     Franz Meier Switzerland SUI 16 Sep 56  
3 50.34     Rok Kopitar Yugoslavia YUG 5 May 59  
4 50.48     Juan Lloveras Spain ESP 2 Aug 55  
5 50.56     Yanko Bratanov Bulgaria BUL 10 Jun 52  
6 50.95     Christer Gullstrand Sweden SWE 26 Mar 59  
7 53.26     Amer Maarouni Syria SYR 23 Feb 59  
8 53.31     Abdulatif Abbas Yusuf Hashem Kuwait KUW 18 Apr 53  
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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