Liberty Bell Classic

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For the baseball tournament, see Liberty Bell Classic (baseball).

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 (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 Don 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 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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