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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 62.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 27, 1980  
Date Finished: July 28, 1980  
(Competitors: 18; Countries: 12; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF    1980_olympic_stadium.jpg
The big story of the year had been the comeback of 43 year-old Oerter, who finished second on the world list with a lifetime best of 69.46. He placed only fourth in the meaningless US Trials; one felt that he might have placed higher in that meeting if he knew his country would be attending the Games. Mac Wilkins, another removed from Olympic contention because of the boycott, was again the best thrower in the world. World record holder Schmidt was the favourite, but was fighting an injury to his right leg. The leading qualifier was Bugár at 65.08, while Armin Lemme (GDR) and Iosif Nagy (ROU), both 65m men, failed to qualify with the cut-off at 59.92. In the final, Bugár led after round 1 with 65.14, and was overtaken in the third by Schmidt (65.30), then Dumchev (65.58). In a fascinating battle, Schmidt then edged into the lead on 65.64, only to be overtaken by Bugár’s 66.38, before Rashchupkin produced the sixth change of lead with 66.64. This was a lifetime best for the Russian, who would never again approach such a distance. One who did get close enough for a bronze was Cuba’s relatively small (1.85/105Kg) but quick Luís Delís. In fifth place with 65.30, Delis stepped up for his penultimate effort and let fly a beautiful throw, which landed around 67m and was measured at 66.32.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The American boycott prevented competition between the East Germans, the Soviets and the best American throwers, which included defending champion Mac Wilkins and … four-time champion Al Oerter. Wilkins was still considered the best American discus thrower, and won the meaningless 1980 US Olympic Trials. But Oerter had come out of retirement to compete again and in 1980 would have the second longest throw of the year with a PR 69.46 (227-10¾). He placed fourth at the Olympic Trial, but if it had really meant something … well, who knows. The world record holder in 1980 was Wolfgang Schmidt, the silver medalist from Montréal and 1978 European Champion. But he had an ankle injury and would finish out of the medals. The gold medal was won by Soviet Viktor Rashchupkin, a journeyman thrower who produced a PR to win. The Soviet judges were felt to be helpful, as Cuba's Luis Delís's final throw appeared to be a winning mark, but some observers thought it was marked at least a foot short.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics
World Record  Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR) 71.16 m August 9, 1978 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
Olympic Record  Mac Wilkins (USA) 68.28 m July 24, 1976 Canada Montréal, Canada
 
        Results        
 
Discus Throw Men     Final 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 66.64     Viktor Rashchupkin Soviet Union URS 16 Oct 50  
2 66.38     Imrich Bugár Czechoslovakia TCH 14 Apr 55  
3 66.32     Luis M. Delís Cuba CUB 6 Dec 57  
4 65.64     Wolfgang Schmidt East Germany GDR 16 Jan 54  
5 65.58     Yuriy Dumchev Soviet Union URS 5 Aug 58  
6 64.04     Igor Duginyets Soviet Union URS 20 May 56  
7 63.18     Emil Vladimirov Bulgaria BUL 25 Jan 52  
8 63.04     Velko Velev Bulgaria BUL 4 Jan 48  
9 61.84     Markku Tuokko Finland FIN 24 Jun 51  
10 61.52     José Santa Cruz Cuba CUB 3 Jun 54  
11 61.14     Hilmar Hoßfeld East Germany GDR 18 Jan 54  
12 60.24     Kenth Gardenkrans Sweden SWE 2 Oct 55  
Discus Throw Men     Qualification 27 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 65.08     Imrich Bugár Czechoslovakia TCH 14 Apr 55  
2 64.78     Viktor Rashchupkin Soviet Union URS 16 Oct 50  
3 64.20     Luis M. Delís Cuba CUB 6 Dec 57  
4 63.10     Igor Duginyets Soviet Union URS 20 May 56  
5 62.82     Yuriy Dumchev Soviet Union URS 5 Aug 58  
6 62.58     Kenth Gardenkrans Sweden SWE 2 Oct 55  
7 62.50     Emil Vladimirov Bulgaria BUL 25 Jan 52  
8 62.46     Wolfgang Schmidt East Germany GDR 16 Jan 54  
9 62.14     Markku Tuokko Finland FIN 24 Jun 51  
10 61.30     Velko Velev Bulgaria BUL 4 Jan 48  
11 60.14     José Santa Cruz Cuba CUB 3 Jun 54  
12 59.92     Hilmar Hoßfeld East Germany GDR 18 Jan 54  
13 59.44     Armin Lemme East Germany GDR 28 Oct 55  
14 59.34     Iosif Nagy Romania ROU 20 Nov 46  
15 57.34     Namakoro Niaré Mali MLI 4 Jun 43  
16 47.52     Adnan Houri Syria SYR    
17 39.26     Nejim Abdulrazak al Enazy Kuwait KUW 30 Nov 61  
  NM     Óskar Jakobsson Iceland ISL 29 Jan 55  
 
Detailed View
 Men Discus Throw Olympic Games Moscow 1980 - Monday 28.07
Final 28.07 Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Viktor Rashchupkin URS 66.64m 62.38 64.72 65.08 66.64 60.48 X
2. Imrich Bugar TCH 66.38m 65.14 61.78 64.34 66.38 64.42 65.96
3. Luis Delis CUB 66.32m X 63.46 X 65.30 X 66.32
4. Wolfgang Schmidt GDR 65.64m X 61.60 65.30 65.64 65.34 X
5. Yuri Dumchev URS 65.58m 64.78 X 65.58 X 63.16 X
6. Igor Duginets URS 64.04m 62.18 64.04 63.18 X 62.04 X
7. Emil Vladimirov BUL 63.18m 62.84 63.18 61.60 61.70 61.60 61.20
8. Velko Velev BUL 63.04m 60.88 60.74 63.04 61.14 X 61.72
9. Markku Tuokko FIN 61.84m 61.54 55.32 61.84
10.Jose Santa Cruz CUB 61.52m 56.06 58.52 61.52
11.Hilmar Hossfeld GDR 61.14m 60.26 61.14 59.30
12.Kenth Gardenkrans SWE 60.24m 60.24 58.40 60.12
Qualification Sunday 27.07
Group Team Dist. 1 2 3
1. Imrich Bugar TCH 65.08m 61.50 65.08  
2. Viktor Rashchupkin URS 64.78m 64.78    
3. Luis Delis CUB 64.20m 64.20    
4. Igor Duginets URS 63.10m 63.10    
5. Yuri Dumchev URS 62.82m 62.82    
6. Kenth Gardenkrans SWE 62.58m 53.90 62.58  
7. Emil Vladimirov BUL 62.50m 60.54 60.52 62.50
8. Wolfgang Schmidt GDR 62.46m 62.46    
9. Markku Tuokko FIN 62.14m 62.14    
Group Team Dist. 1 2 3
10.Velko Velev BUL 61.32m 54.82 56.60 61.30
11.Jose Santa Cruz CUB 60.14m 60.14 58.70 X
12.Hilmar Hossfeld GDR 59.92m X 57.98 59.92
13.Armin Lemme GDR 59.44m 59.44 54.44 X
14.Iosif Nagy ROM 59.34m 56.50 59.34 58.48
15.Namakoro Niare MLI 57.34m X 57.34 56.08
16.Adnan Houry SYR 47.52m X X 47.52
17.Najem Najem KUW 39.26m X 39.26 35.38
-. Oskar Jakobsson ISL NM X X X
 
 
 

 

 

 

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