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Marathon, Men

Date 1 August 1980 — 17:15
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants74 from 40 countries
Format42,195 metres (26 miles, 385 yards) out-and-back.
Olympic Record 2-09:55.0 / Waldemar Cierpinski GDR / 31 July 1976

By the 1980 the two best marathon runners in the world were America’s Bill Rodgers and Japan’s Toshihiko Seko. Rodgers won the New York Marathon in 1976-79, Fukuoka in 1977, and Boston in 1978-80. Seko won Fukuoka in 1979-80. But the American-sponsored boycott prevented Rodgers and Seko their chance at Olympic gold in 1980. The GDR’s Waldemar Cierpinski, the defending champion, was back. Since his 1976 gold medal, he had run nine marathons, winning four of them. But at the major races, Fukuoka and the 1978 European Championships, he had failed to win, his best placing being third at Fukuoka in 1976.

The Moskva marathon course was run along the Moskva River, and was very flat. The race started at 5:15 PM in very warm conditions. Cierpinski took the lead in the race after 30 km., and stayed ahead to win his second gold medal. The Netherlands’ Gerard Nijboer placed second and three Soviets placed third, fourth, and fifth.

PosNrAthleteNOCTime
1297Waldemar CierpinskiGDR2-11:03Gold
2360Gerard NijboerNED2-11:20Silver
3700Satymkul DzhumanazarovURS2-11:35Bronze
4709Vladimir KotovURS2-12:05
5719Leonid MoseyevURS2-12:14
6492Rodolfo GómezMEX2-12:39
7183Dereje NediETH2-12:44
8429Massimo MagnaniITA2-13:12
944Karel LismontBEL2-13:27
1016Rob de CastellaAUS2-14:31
11340Hans-Joachim TruppelGDR2-14:55
12389Ferenc SzekeresHUN2-15:18
1351Marc SmetBEL2-16:00
14648Emmanuel NdiemandoiTAN2-16:47
15650Gidamis ShahangaTAN2-16:47
16560Anacleto PintoPOR2-17:04
17119Domingo TibaduizaCOL2-17:06
1849Henri SchoofsBEL2-17:28
19628Kjell-Erik StåhlSWE2-17:44
20350Mikhail KoussisGRE2-18:02
21301Jürgen EberdingGDR2-18:04
22145Eleuterio AntónESP2-18:16
23646Leodigard MartinTAN2-18:21
24166Moges AlemayehuETH2-18:40
25486Jules RandrianariveloMAD2-19:23
26543Zbigniew PierzynkaPOL2-20:03
27563Koh Chun-SonPRK2-20:08
2826Chris WardlawAUS2-20:42
29564Li Jong-HyungPRK2-21:10
30626Tommy PerssonSWE2-21:11
31394Hari ChandIND2-22:08
32217Håkan SpikFIN2-22:24
33562Chang Sop-ChoePRK2-22:42
34117Luis BarbosaCOL2-22:58
35431Marco MarcheiITA2-23:21
36479Vincent RakabaeleLES2-23:29
37507Baikuntha ManandharNEP2-23:51
38407Dick HooperIRL2-23:53
3933Josef SteinerAUT2-24:24
40617Joseph PeterSUI2-24:53
41363Cor VriendNED2-26:41
42406Pat HooperIRL2-30:28
43769Buumba HalwandZAM2-36:51
44475Issa ChetouiLBA2-38:01
45509Mukunda Hari ShresthaNEP2-38:52
46599Baba Ibrahim Suma-KeitaSLE2-41:20
4765Soe KhinMYA2-41:41
48776Damiano MusondaZAM2-42:11
49470Enemri Najem Al-MarghaniLBA2-42:27
50753Nguyễn QuyễnVIE2-44:37
51777Tapfumaneyi JongaZIM2-47:17
52111Emmanuel M'PiohCGO2-48:17
53779Abel NkhomaZIM2-53:35
AC127Radamés GonzálezCUBDNF
AC460Shivnath SinghINDDNF
AC541Ryszard MarczakPOLDNF
AC547Andrzej SajkowskiPOLDNF
AC667Vlastimil ZwiefelhoferTCHDNF
AC252Dave BlackGBRDNF
AC259Bernie FordGBRDNF
AC223Lasse VirénFINDNF
AC7Abdel Madjid MadaALGDNF
AC229Jean-Michel CharbonnelFRADNF
AC625Göran HögbergSWEDNF
AC14Gerard BarrettAUSDNF
AC657Josef JánskýTCHDNF
AC587Albert MarieSEYDNF
AC483Nabil ChouéryLBNDNF
AC168Kebede BalchaETHDNF
AC141Jørn LauenborgDENDNF
AC204Jouni KortelainenFINDNF
AC768Patrick ChiwalaZAMDNF
AC288Ian ThompsonGBRDNF
AC476Kenneth HlasaLESDNF
DNS409John TreacyIRL
DNS778Laswell NgomaZIM