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1980 Olympic Games Moscow - Men's Marathon

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: 42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Date Started: August 1, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
(Competitors: 74; Countries: 40)
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF  1980_olympic_stadium.jpg
Despite the boycott, a record-equalling entry of 74 started the race in hot (26°C) conditions. Kotov led at 10Km in 31:16, but his lead of six seconds had diminished to nothing by 20Km (1:03:42), with 16 men bunched together. Gómez made a break a 23Km, leading the surprising Nijboer by six seconds at 25Km, a lead which was halved at 35Km. In the interim Viren had dropped out shortly after 25Km, the only time he failed to finish a race in his illustrious Olympic career. Cierpinski and Nijboer went past Gómez, and the reigning champion was 19 seconds clear at 40Km (2:04:35). Behind them Dzhumanazarov won the battle of the Soviets, a trio which produced the best grouping since 1908 when the USA had three of the top four finishers.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
By the 1980 the two best marathon runners in the world were America's Bill Rodgers and Japan's Toshihiko Seko. Rodgers won the New York Marathon in 1976-79, Fukuoka in 1977, and Boston in 1978-80. Seko won Fukuoka in 1979-80. But the American-sponsored boycott prevented Rodgers and Seko their chance at Olympic gold in 1980. The GDR's Waldemar Cierpinski, the defending champion, was back. Since his 1976 gold medal, he had run nine marathons, winning four of them. But at the major races, Fukuoka and the 1978 European Championships, he had failed to win, his best placing being third at Fukuoka in 1976.
The Moskva marathon course was run along the Moskva River, and was very flat. The race started at 5:15 PM in very warm conditions. Cierpinski took the lead in the race after 30 km., and stayed ahead to win his second gold medal. The Netherlands' Gerard Nijboer placed second and three Soviets placed third, fourth, and fifth.
 
 
Results
Marathon Men Final 1 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.11.03 Waldemar Cierpinski East Germany GDR 3 Aug 50
2 2.11.20 Gerard Nijboer Netherlands NED 18 Aug 55
3 2.11.35 Satymkul Dzhumanazarov Soviet Union URS 17 Sep 51
4 2.12.05 Vladimir Kotov Soviet Union URS 21 Feb 58
5 2.12.14 Leonid Moseyev Soviet Union URS 21 Oct 52
6 2.12.39 Rodolfo Gómez Mexico MEX 30 Oct 50
7 2.12.44 Dereje Nedi Ethiopia ETH 10 Oct 55
8 2.13.12 Massimo Magnani Italy ITA 4 Oct 51
9 2.13.27 Karel Lismont Belgium BEL 8 Mar 49
10 2.14.31 Rob de Castella Australia AUS 27 Feb 57
11 2.14.55 Hans-Joachim Truppel East Germany GDR 24 Mar 51
12 2.15.18 Ferenc Szekeres Hungary HUN 21 Mar 47
13 2.16.00 Marc Smet Belgium BEL 5 Feb 51
14 2.16.47 Emmanuel Ndiemandoi Tanzania TAN 1 Jan 53
15 2.16.47 Gidamis Shahanga Tanzania TAN 4 Sep 57
16 2.17.04 Anacleto Pinto Portugal POR 25 Feb 48
17 2.17.06 Domingo Tibaduiza Colombia COL 22 Nov 49
18 2.17.28 Hendrik Schoofs Belgium BEL 6 Oct 50
19 2.17.44 Kjell-Erik Ståhl Sweden SWE 17 Feb 46
20 2.18.02 Mihaíl Koúsis Greece GRE 10 Oct 53
21 2.18.04 Jürgen Eberding East Germany GDR 3 Dec 55
22 2.18.16 Eleuterio Antón Spain ESP 30 Mar 50
23 2.18.21 Leodigard Martin Tanzania TAN 8 Oct 60
24 2.18.40 Alemayehu Moges Ethiopia ETH 6 Dec 48
25 2.19.23 Jules Randrianarivelo Madagascar MAD 28 Nov 56
26 2.20.03 Zbigniew Pierzynka Poland POL 21 Oct 51
27 2.20.08 Goe Chun Son North Korea PRK 2 Jun 52
28 2.20.42 Chris Wardlaw Australia AUS 3 Mar 50
29 2.21.10 Lee Chang Son North Korea PRK 3 Jan 56
30 2.21.11 Tommy Persson Sweden SWE 23 Dec 54
31 2.22.08 Hari Chand India IND 1 Apr 53
32 2.22.24 Håkan Spik Finland FIN 18 Aug 51
33 2.22.42 Choe Chang Sob North Korea PRK 18 Jul 55
34 2.22.58 Luis Barbosa Colombia COL 21 Jan 53
35 2.23.21 Marco Marchei Italy ITA 2 Aug 54
36 2.23.29 Vincent Rakabaele Lesotho LES 3 Sep 48
37 2.23.51 Baikhunta Manandhar Nepal NEP 24 Dec 52
38 2.23.53 Dick Hooper Ireland IRL 26 Aug 56
39 2.24.24 Josef Steiner Austria AUT 24 Sep 50
40 2.24.53 Joseph Peter Switzerland SUI 23 Dec 49
41 2.26.41 Cor Vriend Netherlands NED 8 Nov 49
42 2.30.28 Patrick Hooper Ireland IRL 12 May 52
43 2.36.51 Buumba Halwand Zambia ZAM 23 Sep 47
44 2.38.01 Aissa Chetoui Libya LBA 53
45 2.38.52 Mukunda Hari Shrestha Nepal NEP 14 Dec 55
46 2.41.20 Baba Suma-Keita Sierra Leone SLE 20 Apr 58 NR
47 2.41.41 Soe Khin Myanmar MYA 1 Oct 50
48 2.42.11 Damiano Musonda Zambia ZAM 15 Aug 45
49 2.42.27 Enemri El Marghani Libya LBA 55
50 2.44.37 Nguyen Van Thuyet Vietnam VIE 19 Mar 52
51 2.47.17 Tapfumanei Jonga Zimbabwe ZIM 13 Nov 59
52 2.48.17 Emmanuel Mpioh Congo CGO 24 May 52
53 2.53.35 Abel Nkhoma Zimbabwe ZIM 24 May 52
DNF Abdelmajid Mada Algeria ALG 6 Apr 53
DNF Kebede Balcha Ethiopia ETH 7 Sep 51
DNF Kenneth Hlasa Lesotho LES 2 Mar 55
DNF Albert Marie Seychelles SEY 3 Mar 57
DNF Patrick Chiwala Zambia ZAM 10 Jan 43
DNF Shivnath Singh India IND 11 Jul 46
DNF Nabil Choueiry Lebanon LIB
DNF Radames González Cuba CUB 4 Feb 56
DNF Josef Jansky Czechoslovakia TCH 24 Nov 40
DNF Vlastimil Zwiefelhofer Czechoslovakia TCH 20 Nov 52
DNF Jørn Lauenborg Denmark DEN 14 Sep 44
DNF Jouni Kortelainen Finland FIN 9 Jun 57
DNF Lasse Virén Finland FIN 22 Jul 49
DNF Jean-Michel Charbonnel France FRA 25 Apr 52
DNF Bernie Ford Great Britain GBR 3 Aug 52
DNF David Black Great Britain GBR 2 Oct 52
DNF Ian Thompson Great Britain GBR 16 Oct 49
DNF Andrzej Sajkowski Poland POL 21 May 52
DNF Ryszard Marczak Poland POL 25 Nov 45
DNF Göran Högberg Sweden SWE 20 Dec 48
DNF Gerard Barrett Australia AUS 31 Dec 56
 
More Details by Marathoninfo
 1980: MOSCOW: BOYCOTT ENJOYS A Cierpinski
DATED WINNER AGE STARTERS WITHDRAWALS
Friday August 01 at 17:15 Waldemar Cierpinski (GDR) 29 years 74 40 countries 21 (28.37%)
The Moscow Olympic Games have been the saddest probably for political reasons, the latter decidedly intervening too often in the context of the Olympics. This time it is the invasion by Soviet tanks in Afghanistan on Boxing Day which will create quite a stir. Jimmy Carter, US president, had challenged the validity of the organization of a large peaceful gathering in a country so openly violating the right of peoples to themselves. Following this movement are 63 delegations that will suit the US and boycott the Moscow Olympics (Japan by party). So very good athletes could not participate in the marathon which may have contributed to falsify the results of the competition. Cierpinski who will win for the second time has taken advantage of the disengagement good athletes, as four years ago when Africans were not involved. Plus all the discovery of the former GDR system, we understand why the aura of Cierpinski will never reach that of Bikila for example, also won twice. For our part we do not want to go into this long debate but confine ourselves to give race incidents which are still in a great marathon runner Cierpinski this century.

The biggest name among the missing is undoubtedly that of Bill Rodgers, who won the Boston Marathon in 1975 in the time of 2h09'55 ", beating the same time the record of the United States of Frank Shorter after s being arrested four times for drinking or relacer his shoes, his potential then became public before the Olympics in Moscow his record was eloquent, in 1978 he realized a threefold extraordinary. New York, Fukuoka, Boston, ie three . the most popular races of the time he has won four times New York, Boston 4 times (last in 1980) and a string of triumphs at the four points of the planet marathon, which made ​​Rodgers as he was known: "the king of the road".

Unfortunately Rodgers could not realize his talent in Moscow, as the Japanese who also had every chance with Soh brothers Toshihiko Seko. That's already serious opponents to less Cierpinski that has not really materialized his victory in Montreal. Africans when they were at present but they were crossing at that time an astonishing hollow, since none of them was included in the 50 best world performers of the year before the Olympics is to say !!

The route of the Moscow Olympics was flat, but the difficulty was in the oppressive heat that had weighed on games and fortunately had just dropped at the marathon, nevertheless remaining at 26 °, with a humidity of 40%.

Among the leading candidates to victory, Cierpinski addition, there were a lot of Russian to lead the race on their land, the French Charbonnier was credited a good time in 2h12'18 ", then best French performance of all time . Freshly graduated from sciences-Po, it was also asked whether it was appropriate to go running in Moscow. Infuriated by all who mingled give them peremptory notice without much concern from the sporting point of view, he had brought his answer in a brilliant article published in the newspaper "World" under the title "go" .Other favorites, the Netherlands or Finland's Viren Nijboer doubly crowned 5000m and 10,000m in 1972 and 1976.

The heat will quickly lose up to British officials, three being out of touch, as well as to the Ethiopian Kebede Balcha that we will find lying in a ditch, arms crossed and eyes rolled. In the twentieth kilometer, they are still 22 in a platoon to move in 1h03'42 "at 24th kilometer, Viren suffered stomach aches and should go into a ditch to relieve himself. This is the moment chosen by the Mexican Rodolfo Gomez to place a violent attack that head door to the 25th km in 1h17'55 ". At the rear, while Cierpinski calmly absorbed jerks, Charbonnier lives Viren stagger from one side to the other of the road, before giving himself the trouble look at the 28th km. On the way back in the third fraction of 10km, the reflection of the sun on the Moskva added to the unease competitors nauseum. It was there that occurred fourteen of the twenty one drop is the highest percentage of denials from the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932.

In the wake of Gomez left the Dutch Nijboer, at the time owner of the best European performance during his victory in Amsterdam in 2h09'01 ". (He became European champion in Athens in 1982). At the thirtieth km Gomez There are 23 "ahead of a group of nine men including Kotov Russians Dzhumanazarov and Moseiv, Nijboer, Belgian Lismont, Italian Magnani, Nedi, Cierpinski and fellow Truppel. The tent seventh kilometer Gomez doubled by Nijboer, then Cierpinski after a waiting race takes first head. Cierpinski said after the race; "2km from the finish, I knew I had won the race. But curiously it's at that point that I began to be afraid, and the end was especially painful to me." He finally won in 2h11'03 ", but this second victory raised the reserve because it did not have a Bikila and he did not spark between Montreal and Moscow. In Fukuoka, which were listed scrupulously end of each year the international values, he was third in 2h14'56 ", four months after his Canadian triumph. He then finished 32th in 2:22:49 in 1978 because of cramps and was abandoned in 1979. At the European Championships in Prague, he finished fourth in 2:12:50. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the revelations she had definitely caused showering while feeling admiration. In 1980, he finished 6th in Fukuoka, the winner being the Japanese Seko, something to give regrets that the political depriving athletes of a great show. All this hue's double Cierpinski, although the stubborn figures shows that it is part of the exclusive club of double Olympic winners.

 
 

 

 

 

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