Zimbabwe at the 1980 Summer Olympics

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Zimbabwe at the
1980 Summer Olympics
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
IOC code ZIM
NOC Zimbabwe Olympic Committee
Website www.zoc.co.zw
in Moscow
Competitors 42 (23 men and 19 women) in 10 sports
Medals
Ranked 23rd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 0 0 1
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
 Rhodesia (1928-1964)

Zimbabwe competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union capital, Moscow. The nation, previously known as Rhodesia, had competed at three Games under that name. 42 competitors, 23 men and 19 women, took part in 30 events in 10 sports.[1]

Medalists[edit]

Gold medal.svg Gold[edit]

Archery[edit]

Zimbabwe was represented by one archer in the Archery at the 1980 Olympics, with him making his only appearance in the Olympics. In the competition David Campbell Milne finished in 34th place outscored four archers.[3]

Men's Individual Competition:

Athletics[edit]

Zimbabwe was represented by five male athletes in the athletics at the 1980 Olympics, Zephaniah Ncube who at the time was 23 competed in his first Olympics.[5]

Kenias Tembo competed in the 10,000 meters in what would be his only Olympics.[6] In his heat, he would finish in 10th place which didn't get him through to the final as the top 4 got through to the final automatically with the next best three getting in.[7]

Zimbabwe entered three in the marathon, with two of them finishing. The youngest of the three, Tapfumaneyi Jonga who would compete at the shorter events in the next Olympics finished the highest as he finished in 51st place with the gap to first place being over thirty-five minutes.[8] Six minutes behind was Abel Nkhoma who was the last runner to finish in the marathon.[9]

Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Zephaniah Ncube 5000 m 14:06.7 10 Did not advance
Kenias Tembo 10000 m 30:53.8 10 Did not advance
Tapfumaneyi Jonga Marathon N/A 2:47.17 51
Abel Nkhoma N/A 2:53:35 53
Laswell Ngoma N/A DNF

Cycling[edit]

Three cyclists represented Zimbabwe in 1980.

Individual road race
Sprint
1000m time trial

Diving[edit]

Men's Springboard

  • Preliminary Round — 416.67 points (→ 24th place, did not advance)

Men's Platform

  • Preliminary Round — 356.76 points (→ 22nd place, did not advance)

Hockey[edit]

After the boycott the committee sent out invitations for other nations to join the women's competition. Zimbabwe agreed to the invitation and in their only appearance in the Olympic hockey to date, they would take out the gold medal as they shocked the whole world in taking it out.[10] Some of sport historians call this result a "fairytale"[11] as the nation wouldn't get another medal until the Athens.[12]

Women's Team Competition[edit]

Team roster
Rk Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1st, gold medalist(s) Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 5 3 2 0 13 4 8
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Czechoslovakia 5 3 1 1 10 5 7
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Soviet Union 5 3 0 2 11 5 6
4  India 5 2 1 2 9 6 5
5  Austria 5 2 0 3 6 11 4
6  Poland 5 0 0 5 0 18 0
25 July
Poland  0 – 4  Zimbabwe

27 July
Zimbabwe  2 – 2  Czechoslovakia

28 July
Soviet Union  0 – 2  Zimbabwe

30 July
India  1 – 1  Zimbabwe

31 July
Austria  1 – 4  Zimbabwe

Judo[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Shooting[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Men's 100m Freestyle

  • Heats — 52.87 (→ did not advance)

Men's 200m Freestyle

  • Heats — 1:56.88 (→ did not advance)

Men's 100m Butterfly

  • Heats — 56.15 (→ advance to semi)
  • Semi Final — 56.35 (→ 5th place did not advance)

Women's 100m Freestyle

  • Heats — 1:03.36 (→ did not advance)

Women's 100m Breaststroke

  • Heats — 1:18.81 (→ did not advance)

Women's 200m Breaststroke

  • Heats — 2:48.86 (→ did not advance)

Weightlifting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zimbabwe at the 1980 Moscow Olympics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Zimbabwe at the 1980 Moscow Olympics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Men's Archery". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Men's Archery". Sports Reference. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Zephaniah Ncube". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kenias Tembo". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Men's 10000 Metres Round 1". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tapfumaneyi Jonga". Sports Reference. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Men's Marathon". Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Harris, Cathy (11 May 2008). "Caught in Time: Zimbabwe win hockey gold, 1980 Moscow Olympics". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Harris 2008 a.
  12. ^ "Coventry sparkles in forgettable year". 30 July 2004. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 

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