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

 

 

Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union Format: Top three in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 31, 1980  
Date Finished: August 1, 1980  
(Competitors: 47; Countries: 11; Finalists: 32/8)  
    Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Overview by IAAF    1980_olympic_stadium.jpg
The USSR team were clearly ready to give the GDR team a good run for its money, and converted 200m runner Prorochenko gave the Soviets a superb start with an opening leg of 50.2, 3m ahead of Löwe. Both teams had their weakest runners on the second leg, and Krug won the duel against Goyshchik 50.5 to 51.5, giving the GDR team a fivemetre advantage. Zyuskova battled with 400m bronze medallist Lathan and the race was decided by a bizarre incident. With 50m remaining on the third leg, Lathan appeared to trip on the trackside kerb, almost falling, before recovering to hand over to Koch some 7m down. Koch ran the fastest leg ever (48.27) in chasing the USSR team, but Nazarova was rock steady, holding off the world record holder by 2m. Somewhat controversially, Minyeyeva and Chernova ran in the heats only while Zyuskova and Nazarova were “rested.” Under rules introduced in 1976, they became the first athletes to be awarded additional medals (and diplomas) in such circumstances.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The GDR team was favored, as they had won the gold medal in 1972 and 1976 and the European Championships in 1978. The Soviet Union pulled the same trick they had in the men's 4×400, running Olga Syrovatskaya-Minyeyeva and Lyudmila Chernova in the heats, after which they developed mysterious injuries. They were replaced in the final by Irina Nazarova and Nina Zyuskova. The two teams were close until near the end of the third leg, when East German runner Christina Lathan stepped on the curb and stumbled, allowing the USSR to take a lead of almost 10 metres. The GDR anchor runner was 400 world record holder and gold medalist Marita Koch. Koch ran the fastest leg yet recorded (48.27), but could not fully close the margin on Nazarova, as the Soviets won by two metres.
 
 
        Results        
 
4 x 400 m Women     Final 1 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3:20.12     Tatiana Prorochenko, Tatiana Goishchik, Nina Ziuskova, Irina Nazarova Soviet Union URS    
2 3:20.35     Gabriele Lowe, Barbara Krug, Christina Lathan, Marita Koch East Germany GDR    
3 3:27.5     Linsey Macdonald, Michelle Probert, Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, Donna Murray Great Britain GBR    
4 3:27.74     Iboia Korodi, Niculina Lazarciuc, Maria Samungi, Elena Tarfta Romania ROU    
5 3:27.9     Iren Orosz, Judit Forgecs, Eva Toth, Ilona Pal Hungary HUN    
6 3:27.9     Grazyna Oliszewska, Elzbieta Katolik, Jolanta Januchta, Malgorzata Dunecka Poland POL    
7 3:31.6     Lea Alaerts, Regine Berg, Anne Michel, Rosine Wallez Belgium BEL    
8 DNF     Svobodka Damianova, Rositsa Stamenova, Milena Andonova, Bonka Dimova Bulgaria BUL    
4 x 400 m Women     Heat 1 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.25.30     Olga Mineyeva RUS, Tatyana Goyshchik, Lyudmila Chernova, Tatyana Prorochenko Soviet Union URS    
2 3.28.70     Svobodka Damyanova, Rositsa Stamenova, Malena Andonova, Bonka Dimova Bulgaria BUL    
3 3.29.00     Linsey MacDonald, Michelle Scutt, Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, Janine MacGregor Great Britain GBR    
4 3.31.50     Ruth Simpson, Jackie Pusey, Cathy Rattray-Williams, Merlene Ottey SLO Jamaica JAM    
5 3.46.2     Rosanna Lombardo, Agnese Rossamai, Daniela Porcelli, Erika Rossi Italy ITA    
4 x 400 m Women     Heat 2 31 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Team Country NOC   Records
1 3.28.70     Gabriele Löwe GER, Barbara Krug GER, Christina Lathan GER, Marita Koch GER East Germany GDR    
2 3.29.70     Grazyna Oliszewska, Elzbieta Katolik, Jolanta Januchta, Małgorzata Dunecka Poland POL    
3 3.29.70     Irén Orosz, Judit Forgács, Ibolya Petrika, Ilona Pál Hungary HUN    
4 3.29.80     Ibolya Korodi, Niculina Lazarciuc, Maria Samungi, Elena Tarita Romania ROU    
4 3.30.7     Lea Alaerts, Regine Berg, Anne Michel, Rosine Wallez Belgium BEL    
4 3.36.0     Gloria Ayanlaja, Kehinde Vaughan, Asele Woy, Mary Akinyemi Nigeria NGR    
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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