Liberty Bell Classic

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The Liberty Bell Classic was a 1980 track and field athletics event organized by The Athletics Congress as part of the 1980 Olympic boycott and held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia on July 16 and 17, 1980.[1] It was named after Philadelphia's Liberty Bell.

The U.S. Congress voted $10 million to fund "alternative Olympics" in several Olympic sports, to which athletes from boycotting countries would be invited.[1] Besides the Liberty Bell Classic, the U.S. Gymnastics Federation held an "International Invitational" in Hartford, Connecticut. Earlier in the year, the United States had considered holding other games in Côte d'Ivoire, Italy, Japan, West Germany or China.[2]

The IAAF prohibited any official track and field meets that would clash with the Olympic meet, and so the Liberty Bell began three days before the Moscow Games opened (ten days before the Olympic athletics events began).[1] The Liberty Bell came the day after the prestigious Bislett Games in Oslo and many eligible athletes declined to compete, including 17 of the 34 champions at the US Olympic Trials.[1] However, the winning performances in two events (men's 110 m hurdles and 400 m hurdles) were better than those in Moscow.

Participants[edit]

Athletes from 29 countries participated in the event, many of which had 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
10.31 Harvey Glance
 United States
10.31 Willie Gault
 United States
10.33
200 meters James Butler
 United States
20.65 Fred Taylor
 United States
20.66 Desai Williams
 Canada
20.92
400 meters Billy Konchellah
 Kenya
45.59 Hassan El Kachief
 Sudan
45.60 Bill Green
 United States
45.79
800 meters Don Paige
 United States
1:47.19 Omer Khalifa
 Sudan
1:47.27 Randy Wilson
 United States
1:48.03
1500 meters Steve Scott
 United States
3:40.19 Omer Khalifa
 Sudan
3:40.34 Mike Durkin
 United States
3:41.40
5000 meters Kip Rono
 Kenya
13:37.52 Hillary Tuwei
 Kenya
13:39.72[3] Greg Duhaime
 Canada
13:45.77
110 meter hurdles Renaldo Nehemiah
 United States
13.31 Tonie Campbell
 United States
13.68 Hans-Gerd Klein
 West Germany
13.94
400 meter hurdles James Walker
 United States
48.6 David Lee
 United States
49.1 Bart Williams
 United States
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
2.26 m Nat Page
 United States
2.26 m Dietmar Mögenburg
 West Germany
Carlo Thränhardt
 West Germany
2.22 m
Long jump Larry Myricks
 United States
8.20 m Larry Doubley
 United States
7.95 m Carl Lewis
 United States
7.77 m
Triple jump Zhou Zhenxian
 China
16.90 m Greg Caldwell
 United States
16.75 m Steve Hanna
 Bahamas
16.42 m
Pole vault Tom Hintnaus
 United States
5.50 m Steve Lawry
 United States
5.33 m Zhang Cheng
 China
5.18 m
Shot put Youssef Nagui Asaad
 Egypt
19.69 m Ian Pyka
 United States
19.58 m only two competitors entered
Discus throw Ben Plucknett
 United States
61.46 m Al Oerter
 United States
60.76 m Alwin Wagner
 West Germany
59.48 m
Javelin throw Shen Maomao
 China
89.12 m Tom Petranoff
 United States
84.56 m Gheorghe Megelea
 Canada
79.24 m
Hammer throw Scott Neilson
 Canada
72.62 m Boris Djerassi
 United States
71.34 m Andy Bessette
 United States
69.08 m
Decathlon Bobby Coffman
 United States
8058 Lee Palles
 United States
8009 Wang Kangqiang
 China
7015

Women's events[edit]

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

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Marshall, Joe (28 July 1980). "...and meanwhile in Philadelphia". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Secret US plot to steal Moscow's Olympic flame, Daily Telegraph
  3. ^ "Thunder is heard from U.S.". Asbury Park Press. July 18, 1980. Retrieved January 8, 2017.