Liberty Bell Classic

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This article is about Liberty Bell Classic (1980). For other alternate Olympic Games due to boycotts, see Olympic Games scandals and controversies. For the baseball tournament, see Liberty Bell Classic (baseball).

The Liberty Bell Classic (often referred to as Olympic Boycott Games) was an event held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on July 16 and 17, 1980, by 29 of the boycotting countries of the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics as an alternative to the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. It began on July 16, shortly before the 1980 Summer Olympics opened on July 19. In some events, the times were better than those in Moscow, such as American Renaldo Nehemiah's time of 13.31 in the 110m hurdles ahead of East German gold medal winner Thomas Munkelt's time of 13.39. Earlier in the year, the United States had previously considered holding other games in Côte d'Ivoire, Italy, Japan, West Germany or China.[1] A similar event was held in 1984 by boycotting countries of the 1984 Summer Olympics, called the Friendship Games.

Participating countries[edit]

29 countries participated in the event, many of them having taken part in the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics, including:

Medal summary[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Men's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters  Mel Lattany
United States (USA)
10.31  Harvey Glance
United States (USA)
10.31  Willie Gault
United States (USA)
10.33
200 meters  James Butler
United States (USA)
20.65  Fred Taylor
United States (USA)
20.66  Desai Williams
Canada (CAN)
20.92
400 meters  Billy Konchellah
Kenya (KEN)
45.59  Hassan El Kachief
Sudan (SUD)
45.60  Bill Green
United States (USA)
45.79
800 meters  Donald Paige
United States (USA)
1:47.19  Omer Khalifa
Sudan (SUD)
1:47.27  Randy Wilson
United States (USA)
1:48.03
1500 meters  Steve Scott
United States (USA)
3:40.19  Omer Khalifa
Sudan (SUD)
3:40.34  Mike Durkin
United States (USA)
3:41.40
5000 meters  Kip Rono
Kenya (KEN)
13:37.52  Hillary Tuwei
Kenya (KEN)
13:45.77  Greg Duhaime
Canada (CAN)
13:45.77
110 meter hurdles  Renaldo Nehemiah
United States (USA)
13.31  Tonie Campbell
United States (USA)
13.68  Hans-Gerd Klein
West Germany (FRG)
13.94
400 meter hurdles  James Walker
United States (USA)
48.6  David Lee
United States (USA)
49.1  Bart Williams
United States (USA)
50.0
4×100 meter relay  United States (USA) 38.61  Canada (CAN) 39.54  Thailand (THA) 41.29
4×400 meter relay  United States (USA) 3:03.20  Kenya (KEN) 3:05.72  Sudan (SUD) 3:04.76
High jump  Benn Fields
United States (USA)
2.26 m  Nat Page
United States (USA)
2.26 m  Dietmar Mögenburg
West Germany (FRG)
 Carlo Thränhardt
West Germany (FRG)
2.22 m
Long jump  Larry Myricks
United States (USA)
8.20 m  Larry Doubley
United States (USA)
7.95 m  Carl Lewis
United States (USA)
7.77 m
Triple jump  Zhou Zhenxian
China (CHN)
16.90 m  Greg Caldwell
United States (USA)
16.75 m  Steve Hanna
Bahamas (BAH)
16.42 m
Pole vault  Tom Hintnaus
United States (USA)
5.50 m  Steve Lawry
United States (USA)
5.33 m  Zhang Cheng
China (CHN)
5.18 m
Shot put  Youssef Nagui Asaad
Egypt (EGY)
19.69 m  Ian Pyka
United States (USA)
19.58 m only two competitors entered
Discus throw  Ben Plucknett
United States (USA)
61.46 m  Al Oerter
United States (USA)
60.76 m  Alwin Wagner
West Germany (FRG)
59.48 m
Javelin throw  Shen Maomao
China (CHN)
89.12 m  Tom Petranoff
United States (USA)
84.56 m  Gheorghe Megelea
Canada (CAN)
79.24 m
Hammer throw  Scott Neilson
Canada (CAN)
72.62 m  Boris Djerassi
United States (USA)
71.34 m  Andy Bessette
United States (USA)
69.08 m
Decathlon  Bobby Coffman
United States (USA)
8058  Lee Palles
United States (USA)
8009  Wang Kangqiang
China (CHN)
7015

Women's events[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 meters  Chandra Cheeseborough
United States (USA)
11.27  Jeanette Bolden
United States (USA)
11.41  Karen Hawkins
United States (USA)
11.43
200 meters  Angella Taylor
Canada (CAN)
22.77  Chandra Cheeseborough
United States (USA)
22.84  Karen Hawkins
United States (USA)
23.41
400 meters  Gwen Gardner
United States (USA)
52.04  Charmaine Crooks
Canada (CAN)
52.33  Roberta Belle
United States (USA)
52.34
800 meters  Yvonne Mondesire
Canada (CAN)
2:02.34  Robin Campbell
United States (USA)
2:02.53  Ann Mackie-Morelli
Canada (CAN)
2:02.63
1500 meters  Mary Decker
United States (USA)
4:00.87  Julie Brown
United States (USA)
4:10.37  Francie Larrieu
United States (USA)
4:10.39
100 meter hurdles  Stephanie Hightower
United States (USA)
13.08  Benita Fitzgerald
United States (USA)
13.17  Esther Rot
Israel (ISR)
13.20
4×100 meter relay  United States (USA) 44.57  West Germany (FRG) 45.26  Thailand (THA) 46.90
4×400 meter relay  United States (USA) 3:32.69  Canada (CAN) 3:33.50
High jump  Zheng Dazhen
China (CHN)
1.92 m  Brigitte Reid
Canada (CAN)
1.84 m  Paula Girven
United States (USA)
1.80 m
Long jump  Kathy McMillan
United States (USA)
6.65 m  Carol Lewis
United States (USA)
6.60 m  Shonel Ferguson
Bahamas (BAH)
6.48 m
Shot put  Shen Lijuan
China (CHN)
17.09 m
(OR)
 Ann Turbyne
United States (USA)
16.24 m  Lu Cheng
China (CHN)
15.98 m
Discus throw  Xie Jianhua
China (CHN)
56.56 m  Lucette Moreau
Canada (CAN)
55.20 m  Lorna Griffin
United States (USA)
53.52 m
Javelin throw  Laurie Kern
Canada (CAN)
57.42 m  Tang Guoli
China (CHN)
55.30 m  Li Baolian
China (CHN)
54.94 m
Pentathlon  Diane Konihowski
Canada (CAN)
4640  Marlene Harmon
United States (USA)
4346  Linda Waltman
United States (USA)
4314

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