Athletics at the 1980 Summer Olympics – Men's 200 metres

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Men's 200 metres
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Pietro Mennea  Italy
2nd, silver medalist(s) Allan Wells  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Don Quarrie  Jamaica
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Athletics at the
1980 Summer Olympics
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These are the official results of the Men's 200 metres event at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. The competition was held on July 27, 1980, and on July 28, 1980.

The boycotting American team would have been no match for this field which included the world record holder, Pietro Mennea, the third fastest man in history, Don Quarrie, the fastest man in the world from 1977, Silvio Leonard and the newly crowned Olympic 100 metres champion, Allan Wells. Random lane draw put the two semi-final winners on the outside, Leonard having the misfortune to draw lane 1, Mennea in lane 8. Wells was just inside of Mennea in 7 while Quarrie drew lane 4. Wells just eked into the final with a fourth place in his semi-final. Had timed qualification been involved, he only had the tenth fastest time in the semis.

Wells, who disliked using starting blocks but used them, was out fast, making up the stagger on Mennea 40 metres into the race. Coming off the turn Mennea was two metres back, behind both Leonard and Quarrie. Mennea accelerated down the straight edging closer to Wells with every step. He caught Wells five metres before the finish and continued past him for the win, regarded as one of the great comebacks in Olympic sprinting. Quarrie was able to outlean Leonard for the bronze.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics.

World Record 19.72 Italy Pietro Mennea Mexico City (MEX) September 12, 1979
Olympic Record 19.83 United States Tommie Smith Mexico City (MEX) October 16, 1968

Final[edit]

  • Held on July 28, 1980
RANK FINAL TIME
Med 1.png  Pietro Mennea (ITA) 20.19
Med 2.png  Allan Wells (GBR) 20.21
Med 3.png  Don Quarrie (JAM) 20.29
4.  Silvio Leonard (CUB) 20.30
5.  Bernhard Hoff (GDR) 20.50
6.  Leszek Dunecki (POL) 20.68
7.  Marian Woronin (POL) 20.81
8.  Osvaldo Lara (CUB) 21.19

Semifinals[edit]

  • Held on July 28, 1980
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Silvio Leonard (CUB) 20.61
2.  Bernhard Hoff (GDR) 20.69
3.  Marian Woronin (POL) 20.75
4.  Allan Wells (GBR) 20.75
5.  James Gilkes (GUY) 20.87
6.  Peter Okodogbe (NGR) 21.03
7.  Andrew Bruce (TRI) 21.16
8.  Ferenc Kiss (HUN) 21.17


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Pietro Mennea (ITA) 20.70
2.  Don Quarrie (JAM) 20.76
3.  Leszek Dunecki (POL) 20.82
4.  Osvaldo Lara (CUB) 20.93
5.  Olaf Prenzler (GDR) 21.00
6.  Joseph Arame (FRA) 21.05
7.  Nikolay Sidorov (URS) 21.17
8.  Cameron Sharp (GBR) 21.24

Quarterfinals[edit]

  • Held on July 27, 1980
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Don Quarrie (JAM) 20.89
2.  Marian Woronin (POL) 20.97
3.  Osvaldo Lara (CUB) 21.01
4.  Ferenc Kiss (HUN) 21.24
5.  Bernard Petitbois (FRA) 21.32
6.  Mike McFarlane (GBR) 21.33
7.  Aleksandar Popović (YUG) 21.66
8.  Petar Petrov (BUL) 21.89


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Allan Wells (GBR) 20.59
2.  James Gilkes (GUY) 20.83
3.  Peter Okodogbe (NGR) 20.89
4.  Olaf Prenzler (GDR) 20.89
5.  Christopher Brathwaite (TRI) 21.02
6.  Colin Bradford (JAM) 21.04
7.  Altevir de Araújo (BRA) 21.22
8.  Pavel Pavlov (BUL) 21.35


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  Silvio Leonard (CUB) 20.93
2.  Joseph Arame (FRA) 20.95
3.  Bernhard Hoff (GDR) 20.96
4.  Cameron Sharp (GBR) 21.16
5.  Zenon Licznerski (POL) 21.22
6.  István Nagy (HUN) 21.38
7.  František Břečka (TCH) 21.47
8.  Gerardo Suero (DOM) 21.75


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Pietro Mennea (ITA) 20.60
2.  Nikolay Sidorov (URS) 20.83
3.  Leszek Dunecki (POL) 20.87
4.  Andrew Bruce (TRI) 20.94
5.  Vladimir Ivanov (BUL) 20.96
6.  Paulo Roberto Correia (BRA) 21.01
7.  Boubacar Diallo (SEN) 21.10
8.  Tomás González (CUB) 21.19

Heats[edit]

  • Held on July 27, 1980
RANK HEAT 1 TIME
1.  Cameron Sharp (GBR) 21.51
2.  Tomás González (CUB) 21.64
3.  Pavel Pavlov (BUL) 21.78
4.  Nikolaos Angelopoulos (GRE) 21.98
5.  Grégoire Illorson (CMR) 22.21
6.  Ruben Inacio (ANG) 22.52
7.  Casimir Pereira (SEY) 22.59


RANK HEAT 2 TIME
1.  Marian Woronin (POL) 21.63
2.  István Nagy (HUN) 21.80
3.  Gerardo Suero (DOM) 22.16
-  Aleksandr Stasevich (URS) DNF
-  Théophile Nkounkou (CGO) DNS
-  José Luis Elias (PER) DNS
-  Emmanuel Bitanga (CMR) DNS


RANK HEAT 3 TIME
1.  James Gilkes (GUY) 21.07
2.  František Břečka (TCH) 21.49
3.  Bernhard Hoff (GDR) 21.53
4.  Boubacar Diallo (SEN) 21.56
5.  Joseph Letseka (LES) 22.31
6.  Lucien Josiah (BOT) 22.45
-  Constantino Reis (MOZ) DNS


RANK HEAT 4 TIME
1.  Pietro Mennea (ITA) 21.26
2.  Ferenc Kiss (HUN) 21.34
3.  Olaf Prenzler (GDR) 21.35
4.  Mike McFarlane (GBR) 21.43
5.  Nabil Nahri (SYR) 22.14
6.  Ahmed Sallouma (LBA) 22.88
-  Abdul Majeed Al-Mosawi (KUW) DNS


RANK HEAT 5 TIME
1.  Colin Bradford (JAM) 21.17
2.  Leszek Dunecki (POL) 21.30
3.  Petar Petrov (BUL) 21.59
4.  David Lukuba (TAN) 21.76
5.  Pascal Aho (BEN) 22.09
6.  Roland Dagher (LIB) 22.27
7.  Walter During (SLE) 23.12


RANK HEAT 6 TIME
1.  Osvaldo Lara (CUB) 21.03
2.  Christopher Brathwaite (TRI) 21.13
3.  Nikolay Sidorov (URS) 21.15
4.  Vladimir Ivanov (BUL) 21.28
5.  Alston Sidney Muziyo (ZAM) 22.47
6.  Besha Tuffa (ETH) 23.18
-  Pascal Barré (FRA) DNS


RANK HEAT 7 TIME
1.  Don Quarrie (JAM) 20.87
2.  Joseph Arame (FRA) 21.24
3.  Peter Okodogbe (NGR) 21.42
4.  Altevir de Araújo (BRA) 21.49
5.  Cheikh Touradou Diouf (SEN) 21.89
6.  Henk Brouwer (NED) 21.96
7.  Paul Haba (GUI) 22.70


RANK HEAT 8 TIME
1.  Andrew Bruce (TRI) 21.36
2.  Allan Wells (GBR) 21.57
3.  Aleksandar Popović (YUG) 21.65
4.  Hammed Adio (NGR) 21.79
5.  Subramanian Perumal (IND) 22.39
6.  Rudolph George (SLE) 23.20
-  Vladimir Muravyov (URS) DNS


RANK HEAT 9 TIME
1.  Silvio Leonard (CUB) 20.95
2.  Bernard Petitbois (FRA) 21.16
3.  Paulo Roberto Correira (BRA) 21.27
4.  Zenon Licznerski (POL) 21.36
5.  Mwalimu Ali (TAN) 21.83
6.  Sheku Boima (SLE) 22.93
7.  Sitthixay Sacpraseuth (LAO) 24.28

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