| Event type

Hammer Throw, Men

Date30 – 31 July 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants17 from 12 countries

The Americans were not present because of the boycott, but in this event nobody noticed. Defending champion Yury Sedykh was the best thrower in the world and always seemed to come thru in major meets, having won the 1978 European Championship as well. He was favored but his Soviet teammates were formidable, led by Sergey Litvinov and Estonian Jüri Tamm. The only important missing athlete was West Germany’s Karl-Hans Riehm, a previous world record holder, who was undefeated in the pre-Olympic year. Sedykh settled the competition quickly. He threw first in the final and unleashed a world record 81.80 (268-4½). It would stand up for the gold. Sedykh had four of the longest throws in the event. Litvinov won silver with his opening 80.64 (264-6¾) and then had five fouls. Tamm completed the second consecutive Soviet medal sweep.

1731Yury SedykhURS78.22 (1)81.80 (1)GoldWR
2714Sergey LitvinovURS75.24 (3)80.64 (2)Silver
3738Jüri TammURS76.24 (2)78.96 (3)Bronze
4337Roland SteukGDR73.52 (5)77.54 (4)
5305Detlef GerstenbergGDR75.04 (4)74.60 (5)
686Emanuil DyulgerovBUL70.60 (11)74.04 (6)
7438Gian Paolo UrlandoITA72.20 (8)73.90 (7)
8530Ireneusz GoldaPOL70.88 (9)73.74 (8)
9199Harri HuhtalaFIN72.46 (6)71.96 (9)
10219Juha TiainenFIN70.82 (10)71.38 (10)
11136Armando OrozcoCUB72.28 (7)68.68 (11)
12655Jiří ChamrádTCH69.38 (12)68.16 (12)
13 r1/217Peter FarmerAUS69.16 (13)
14 r1/2251Chris BlackGBR66.74 (14)
15 r1/2258Paul DickensonGBR64.22 (15)
16 r1/2404Seán EganIRL63.94 (16)
17 r1/2462Khaled GhaloumKUW47.40 (17)

Qualifying Round (30 July 1980 — 11:30)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 72.00 metres advanced to the final.

11Yury SedykhURS78.2278.22--QOR
24Jüri TammURS76.2476.24--Q
32Sergey LitvinovURS75.24×75.24-Q
45Detlef GerstenbergGDR75.0475.04--Q
59Roland SteukGDR73.52×73.52-Q
68Harri HuhtalaFIN72.4671.4272.46-Q
73Armando OrozcoCUB72.28××72.28Q
813Gian Paolo UrlandoITA72.2068.4072.20-Q
911Ireneusz GoldaPOL70.88×69.9870.88q
1010Juha TiainenFIN70.8270.6470.4670.82q
1115Emanuil DyulgerovBUL70.60×69.2470.60q
127Jiří ChamrádTCH69.38×67.4469.38q
1316Peter FarmerAUS69.1668.5269.16×
1414Chris BlackGBR66.7466.0266.74×
156Paul DickensonGBR64.22×64.2263.90
1612Seán EganIRL63.9463.3463.94×
1717Khaled GhaloumKUW47.40×47.4047.00

Final Round (31 July 1980 — 17:00)

11Yury SedykhURS81.8081.8081.4679.68×80.9880.70WR
23Sergey LitvinovURS80.6480.64×××××
32Jüri TammURS78.9677.8478.9677.9277.26×76.86
46Roland SteukGDR77.5474.3476.0075.5877.2677.54×
510Detlef GerstenbergGDR74.6073.6474.6073.98××73.40
611Emanuil DyulgerovBUL74.0470.1471.3471.8271.3474.04×
74Gian Paolo UrlandoITA73.9073.6073.9073.1873.30××
85Ireneusz GoldaPOL73.7473.3873.74××××
97Harri HuhtalaFIN71.9669.78×71.8271.9671.8271.02
109Juha TiainenFIN71.38×71.3871.08
118Armando OrozcoCUB68.68×67.7668.68
1212Jiří ChamrádTCH68.1668.1665.9466.58