| Event type

400 metres, Men

Date27 – 30 July 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants50 from 32 countries

The American-led boycott decimated the level of competition in this event. Defending champion Alberto Juantorena was back but was not as dominant as he had been in 1976, having undergone an Achilles tendon operation in 1979. Choosing a favorite was quite impossible and the winner of the event was a complete unknown in Viktor Markin of the host nation, who set a European record to win gold. His only other significant international accomplishment would be a bronze at the 1982 European Championship. Silver went to Australia’s Rick Mitchell, who was the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.

1718Viktor MarkinURS46.88 (1 h5)45.58 (1 h2)45.60 (2 h2)44.60 (1)Gold
222Rick MitchellAUS46.63 (3 h3)45.73 (1 h1)45.48 (2 h1)44.84 (2)Silver
3329Frank SchafferGDR46.13 (1 h7)46.15 (1 h3)45.47 (1 h2)44.87 (3)Bronze
4131Alberto JuantorenaCUB46.69 (3 h7)46.23 (2 h3)45.95 (3 h2)45.09 (4)
539Fons BrijdenbachBEL47.72 (2 h4)45.88 (2 h1)45.46 (1 h1)45.10 (5)
6677Mike SolomonTTO47.24 (2 h5)46.12 (2 h4)45.61 (4 h1)45.55 (6)
7268David JenkinsGBR46.67 (1 h1)45.99 (1 h4)45.59 (3 h1)45.56 (7)
8671Joseph CoombsTTO46.55 (2 h3)45.81 (2 h2)45.96 (4 h2)46.33 (8)
5 h1 r3/4521Dele UdoNGR46.48 (1 h3)46.18 (4 h1)45.88 (5 h1)
5 h2 r3/4693Viktor BurakovURS46.41 (2 h7)46.23 (3 h3)45.97 (5 h2)
6 h1 r3/4694Nikolay ChernetskyURS47.04 (1 h8)46.30 (4 h4)45.94 (6 h1)
6 h2 r3/4232Didier DuboisFRA47.57 (2 h2)46.60 (4 h3)46.72 (6 h2)
7 h1 r3/4440Mauro ZulianiITA47.16 (2 h8)45.93 (3 h2)46.01 (7 h1)
7 h2 r3/4140Jens Smedegaard HansenDEN47.01 (4 h3)45.89 (3 h1)47.00 (7 h2)
8 h1 r3/4658Karel KolářTCH47.26 (2 h1)46.27 (3 h4)46.11 (8 h1)
8 h2 r3/4250Alan BellGBR47.38 (4 h8)46.17 (4 h2)48.50 (8 h2)
5 h1 r2/4230Francis DemarthonFRA47.43 (3 h1)46.38 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/4550Andrzej StępieńPOL47.99 (3 h4)46.31 (5 h2)
5 h3 r2/4680Silver AyooUGA47.78 (3 h2)47.03 (5 h3)
5 h4 r2/4437Roberto TozziITA47.01 (4 h7)46.73 (5 h4)
6 h1 r2/4754Jozo AlebićYUG47.61 (1 h6)46.60 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/440Eddy De LeeuwBEL47.59 (4 h1)46.47 (6 h2)
6 h3 r2/4442Bert CameronJAM47.54 (1 h2)47.31 (6 h3)
6 h4 r2/4784Hope EzeigboNGR47.46 (3 h5)46.88 (6 h4)
7 h1 r2/4772Charles LupiyaZAM48.49 (4 h2)47.67 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/4450Derrick PeynadoJAM47.37 (1 h4)46.50 (7 h2)
7 h3 r2/4255Glen CohenGBR48.35 (4 h4)47.35 (7 h3)
7 h4 r2/4452Ian StapletonJAM47.97 (3 h6)47.64 (7 h4)
8 h1 r2/4430Stefano MalinverniITA47.63 (2 h6)47.79 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/4359Marcel KlarenbeekNED47.37 (3 h8)46.81 (8 h2)
8 h3 r2/438Jacques BorléeBEL47.77 (4 h5)47.73 (8 h3)
8 h4 r2/4414Hussain Ali NasayyifIRQ48.03 (4 h6)48.50 (8 h4)
5 h1 r1/4681Charles DramigaUGA48.69 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/4571Horia TobocROU49.90 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/4598Jimmy MassallaySLE49.68 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/4589Régis TranquilleSEY49.34 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/4631Mohamed El-AbedSYR50.47 (5 h5)
5 h6 r1/4361Harry SchultingNED48.53 (5 h6)
5 h7 r1/4544Jerzy PietrzykPOL47.18 (5 h7)
5 h8 r1/4419Oddur SigurðssonISL47.39 (5 h8)
6 h1 r1/4173Asfaw DebleETH49.77 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/462Léopold HounkanrinBEN51.04 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/4469El-Mehdi Sallah DiabLBA49.89 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/4353Mohamed DiakitéGUI49.59 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/4597Sahr KendorSLE52.98 (6 h5)
6 h6 r1/4590William Akabi-DavisSLE50.80 (6 h6)
6 h7 r1/481Geraldo José PegadoBRA48.71 (6 h7)
6 h8 r1/4153Isidoro HornillosESP47.45 (6 h8)
7 h2 r1/472Joe RamotshabiBOT51.49 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/4465Panh KhemanithLAO53.74 (7 h3)
DNS358Koen GijsbersNED– (DNS h5)
DNS454Ramyan Al-RamyanKUW– (DNS h6)
DNS11Rubén InácioANG– (DNS h7)
DNS114Emmanuel BitangaCMR– (DNS h4)
DNS502Constantino ReisMOZ– (DNS h1)
DNS574Boubacar DialloSEN– (DNS h7)
DNS623Christer GullstrandSWE– (DNS h8)

Round One (27 July 1980 — 11:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the quarter-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16David JenkinsGBR46.67Q
25Karel KolářTCH47.26Q
32Francis DemarthonFRA47.43Q
43Eddy De LeeuwBEL47.59Q
57Charles DramigaUGA48.69
64Asfaw DebleETH49.77
DNS1Constantino ReisMOZ

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Bert CameronJAM47.54Q
23Didier DuboisFRA47.57Q
34Silver AyooUGA47.78Q
46Charles LupiyaZAM48.49Q
57Horia TobocROU49.90
62Léopold HounkanrinBEN51.04
75Joe RamotshabiBOT51.49

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Dele UdoNGR46.48Q
27Joseph CoombsTTO46.55Q
33Rick MitchellAUS46.63Q
45Jens Smedegaard HansenDEN47.01Q
54Jimmy MassallaySLE49.68
66El-Mehdi Sallah DiabLBA49.89
72Panh KhemanithLAO53.74

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Derrick PeynadoJAM47.37Q
23Fons BrijdenbachBEL47.72Q
31Andrzej StępieńPOL47.99Q
42Glen CohenGBR48.35Q
56Régis TranquilleSEY49.34
65Mohamed DiakitéGUI49.59
DNS114Emmanuel BitangaCMR

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Viktor MarkinURS46.88Q
21Mike SolomonTTO47.24Q
36Hope EzeigboNGR47.46Q
44Jacques BorléeBEL47.77Q
52Mohamed El-AbedSYR50.47
65Sahr KendorSLE52.98
DNS7Koen GijsbersNED

Heat Six

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Jozo AlebićYUG47.61Q
22Stefano MalinverniITA47.63Q
33Ian StapletonJAM47.97Q
46Hussain Ali NasayyifIRQ48.03Q
55Harry SchultingNED48.53
61William Akabi-DavisSLE50.80
DNS7Ramyan Al-RamyanKUW

Heat Seven

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Frank SchafferGDR46.13Q
25Viktor BurakovURS46.41Q
34Alberto JuantorenaCUB46.69Q
43Roberto TozziITA47.01Q
56Jerzy PietrzykPOL47.18
61Geraldo José PegadoBRA48.71
DNS2Rubén InácioANG
DNS8Boubacar DialloSEN

Heat Eight

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Nikolay ChernetskyURS47.04Q
22Mauro ZulianiITA47.16Q
33Marcel KlarenbeekNED47.37Q
47Alan BellGBR47.38Q
55Oddur SigurðssonISL47.39
61Isidoro HornillosESP47.45
DNS4Christer GullstrandSWE

Quarter-Finals (28 July 1980 — 11:00)

Top four in each heat advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Rick MitchellAUS45.73Q
26Fons BrijdenbachBEL45.88Q
32Jens Smedegaard HansenDEN45.89Q
41Dele UdoNGR46.18Q
54Francis DemarthonFRA46.38
63Jozo AlebićYUG46.60
75Charles LupiyaZAM47.67
88Stefano MalinverniITA47.79

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Viktor MarkinURS45.58Q
24Joseph CoombsTTO45.81Q
31Mauro ZulianiITA45.93Q
43Alan BellGBR46.17Q
55Andrzej StępieńPOL46.31
67Eddy De LeeuwBEL46.47
78Derrick PeynadoJAM46.50
86Marcel KlarenbeekNED46.81

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Frank SchafferGDR46.15Q
26Alberto JuantorenaCUB46.23Q
32Viktor BurakovURS46.23Q
45Didier DuboisFRA46.60Q
51Silver AyooUGA47.03
64Bert CameronJAM47.31
73Glen CohenGBR47.35
88Jacques BorléeBEL47.73

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
18David JenkinsGBR45.99Q
21Mike SolomonTTO46.12Q
32Karel KolářTCH46.27Q
43Nikolay ChernetskyURS46.30Q
55Roberto TozziITA46.73
66Hope EzeigboNGR46.88
74Ian StapletonJAM47.64
87Hussain Ali NasayyifIRQ48.50

Semi-Finals (28 July 1980 — 19:30)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Fons BrijdenbachBEL45.46Q
24Rick MitchellAUS45.48Q
37David JenkinsGBR45.59Q
48Mike SolomonTTO45.61Q
53Dele UdoNGR45.88
62Nikolay ChernetskyURS45.94
76Mauro ZulianiITA46.01
81Karel KolářTCH46.11

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Frank SchafferGDR45.47Q
21Viktor MarkinURS45.60Q
38Alberto JuantorenaCUB45.95Q
43Joseph CoombsTTO45.96Q
56Viktor BurakovURS45.97
64Didier DuboisFRA46.72
75Jens Smedegaard HansenDEN47.00
82Alan BellGBR48.50

Final (30 July 1980 — 18:40)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
12Viktor MarkinURS44.60
24Rick MitchellAUS44.84
36Frank SchafferGDR44.87
43Alberto JuantorenaCUB45.09
51Fons BrijdenbachBEL45.10
67Mike SolomonTTO45.55
78David JenkinsGBR45.56
85Joseph CoombsTTO46.33