1980 Summer Olympics medal table

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1980 Summer Olympics medals
LocationMoscow,  Soviet Union
Most gold medals Soviet Union (80)
Most total medals Soviet Union (195)

The 1980 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union from 19 July to 3 August. A total of 5,179 athletes representing 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in 203 events in 22 sports.[1] They were the first Games to be staged in a communist nation.[2]

66 countries[3] participated in a boycott against these Games as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[4] Fifteen countries marched in the Opening Ceremony with the Olympic Flag instead of their national flags, and the Olympic Flag and Olympic Hymn were used at medal ceremonies when athletes from these countries won medals. Competitors from three countries – New Zealand,[5] Portugal, and Spain – competed under the flags of their respective National Olympic Committees. Some of these teams that marched under flags other than their national flags were depleted by boycotts by individual athletes, while some athletes did not participate in the march.

Of the eighty participating nations, the smallest number since 1956,[6] six nations made their first appearance at this Games – Angola, Botswana, Cyprus, Laos, Mozambique, and Seychelles.[7] None of these nations won a medal. Whilst competitors from 36 countries became Olympic medalists, the great majority of the medals were taken by the host country and East Germany in what was the most skewed medal tally since 1904.[8] Despite only being invited to compete five weeks prior to the opening ceremony, Zimbabwe won a surprise gold medal in the sport of women's field hockey.[9] The Soviet Union's Aleksandr Dityatin became the first athlete to win eight medals at a single Games, with three gold, four silver and a bronze medal.[10] In rowing, the winners of both the gold and silver medals in the coxless pairs were identical twins.[9]

Guyana, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe won their first-ever Olympic medals.

The Soviet Union won a record 80 gold medals (although since surpassed by the United States), and their 195 total medals are the second best result in history.

Medal table[edit]

East German swimmers Cornelia Polit (left), Rica Reinisch (center), and Birgit Treiber (right), who swept the 200 metre backstroke.[11]

The medal table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes from a nation have won (in this context, a nation is an entity represented by a National Olympic Committee). The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If nations are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed alphabetically.

In boxing and judo two bronze medals were awarded in each weight class. Therefore, the total number of bronze medals is greater than the total number of gold or silver medals.[12][13]

  *   Host nation (Soviet Union)

1 Soviet Union*806946195
2 East Germany473742126
3 Bulgaria8161741
4 Cuba87520
5 Italy83415
6 Hungary7101532
7 Romania661325
8 France65314
9 Great Britain57921
10 Poland3141532
11 Sweden33612
12 Finland3148
13 Czechoslovakia23914
14 Yugoslavia2349
15 Australia2259
16 Denmark2125
17 Brazil2024
19 Switzerland2002
20 Spain1326
21 Austria1214
22 Greece1023
23 Belgium1001
26 North Korea0325
27 Mongolia0224
28 Tanzania0202
29 Mexico0134
30 Netherlands0123
31 Ireland0112
32 Uganda0101
34 Jamaica0033
35 Guyana0011
Totals (36 nations)204204223631


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