1980 in athletics (track and field)

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This page contains an overview of the year 1980 in athletics. The major athletics event of the year was the 1980 Moscow Olympics. A boycott of this competition meant many of world's leading athletes did not face each other, with many of the boycotting athletes taking part in the rival Liberty Bell Classic competition.

A further global event, the 1980 World Championships in Athletics, was held specifically for women athletes in the 400 metres hurdles and 3000 metres disciplines, as neither event featured on the Olympic programme in spite of IAAF approval.

Major events[edit]

World[edit]

Regional[edit]

World records[edit]

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

Season's bests[edit]

Best marks of the year
Event Men Women
Athlete Mark Notes Athlete Mark Notes
100 metres
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 James Sanford (USA) 10.02  Marlies Göhr (GER) 10.93
200 metres
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 Pietro Mennea (ITA) 19.96  Bärbel Wöckel (GER) 22.01
400 metres
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 Viktor Markin (URS) 44.60  Marita Koch (GER) 48.88
800 metres
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 Donald Paige (USA) 1:44.53  Nadezhda Olizarenko (URS) 1:53.43
1,500 metres
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 Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:31.36  Tatyana Kazankina (URS) 3:52.47
Mile run
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 Steve Ovett (GBR) 3:48.8  Mary Slaney (USA) 4:21.68
3000 metres
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 Eamonn Coghlan (IRL) 7:37.60  Yelena Sipatova (URS) 8:33.53
5000 metres
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 Miruts Yifter (ETH) 13:16.38  Jan Merrill (USA) 15:30.6
10,000 metres
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 Craig Virgin (USA) 27:29.16  Kathryn Binns (GBR) 32:57.17
Half marathon
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 Stan Mavis (USA) 1:02:16  Marja Wokke (NED) 1:13:59
Marathon
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 Gerard Nijboer (NED) 2:09:01  Joyce Smith (GBR) 2:30:27
110 m/100 m hurdles
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 Renaldo Nehemiah (USA) 13.21  Grażyna Rabsztyn (POL) 12.36
400 m hurdles
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 Edwin Moses (USA) 47.13  Karin Roßley (GDR) 54.28
3000 m steeplechase
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 Bronisław Malinowski (POL) 8:09.70
4×100 m relay
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 Soviet Union
Vladimir Muravyov
Nikolay Sidorov
Aleksandr Aksinin
Andrey Prokofyev
38.26  East Germany
Romy Müller
Bärbel Wöckel
Ingrid Auerswald
Marlies Göhr
41.60
4×400 m relay
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 Soviet Union
Remigijus Valiulis
Mikhail Linge
Nikolay Chernetskiy
Viktor Markin
3:01.08  Soviet Union
Tatyana Prorochenko
Tatyana Goyshchik
Nina Zyuskova
Irina Nazarova
3:20.12
High jump
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 Gerd Wessig (GDR) 2.36 m  Sara Simeoni (ITA) 1.98 m
Pole vault
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 Władysław Kozakiewicz (POL) 5.78 m
Long jump
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 Lutz Dombrowski (GDR) 8.54 m  Tatyana Kolpakova (URS) 7.06 m
Triple jump
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 Jaak Uudmäe (URS) 17.35 m
Shot put
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 Udo Beyer (GDR) 21.98 m  Ilona Slupianek (GDR) 22.45 m
Discus throw
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 Mac Wilkins (USA) 70.98 m  Mariya Petkova (BUL) 71.80 m
Hammer throw
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 Yuriy Syedikh (URS) 81.80 m
Javelin (old design)
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 Ferenc Paragi (HUN) 96.72 m  Tatyana Biryulina (URS) 70.08 m
Decathlon
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 Guido Kratschmer (FRG) 8667 pts
Pentathlon
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 Nadezhda Tkachenko (URS) 5083 pts

Marathon winners[edit]

Race Men's winner Women's winner
Amsterdam Marathon  Gerard Nijboer (NED)  Marja Wokke (NED)
Avon International Marathon  Lorraine Moller (NZL)
Beppu-Oita Marathon  Yutaka Taketomi (JPN)
Berlin Marathon  Ingo Sensburg (FRG)  Gerlinde Püttmann (FRG)
Boston Marathon  Bill Rodgers (USA)  Jacqueline Gareau (CAN)
Chicago Marathon  Frank Richardson (USA)  Sue Petersen (USA)
Fukuoka Marathon  Toshihiko Seko (JPN)
Košice Marathon  Aleksey Lyagushev (URS)  Šárka Balcarová (TCH)
Lake Biwa Marathon  Hiroshi Yuge (JPN)
New York Marathon  Alberto Salazar (USA)  Grete Waitz (NOR)
Paris Marathon  Sylvain Cacciatore (FRA)  Gillian Adams (GBR)
Tokyo Women's Marathon  Joyce Smith (GBR)

Awards[edit]

Award Men's winner Women's winner
Track & Field News Athlete of the Year  Edwin Moses (USA)  Ilona Briesenick (GDR)

Births[edit]

Deaths[edit]

  • February 11 — Paavo Yrjölä (77), Finnish decathlete (b. 1902)
  • February 21 — Mario Lanzi (63), Italian middle distance runner (b. 1914)
  • March 31 — Jesse Owens (66), American sprinter (b. 1913)
  • May 9 — Rolf Hansen (73), Norwegian long-distance runner (b. 1906)
  • December 24 — Heikki Liimatainen (86), Finnish long-distance runner (b. 1894)

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