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400 metres, Women

Date25 – 28 July 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants38 from 22 countries
Olympic Record 49.28 WR / Irena Szewińska POL / 29 July 1976

The American boycott had little effect on this event as the top one lappers were Soviets and East Germans, led by Marita Koch, the prohibitive favorite. Between 1978 and 1979 she had bettered the world record five times, and had won the 1978 European Championship. In that meet she became the first woman to better 49 seconds. The final in Moskva was an easy victory for her, winning by 5-6 metres. The first three women in this race ran under 50 seconds, the first time that had been accomplished.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1SFFinal
1120Marita KochGDR51.06 (2 h5)50.57 (1 h1)48.88 (1)GoldOR
2254Jarmila KratochvílováTCH51.04 (1 h5)50.79 (3 h2)49.46 (2)Silver
3123Christina LathanGDR51.33 (1 h1)50.16 (1 h2)49.66 (3)Bronze
4280Irina NazarovaURS51.66 (1 h3)50.18 (2 h2)50.07 (4)
5291Nina ZyuskovaURS51.42 (1 h2)51.12 (4 h1)50.17 (5)
6126Gabriele LöweGDR52.43 (2 h4)50.85 (2 h1)51.33 (6)
763Pirjo HäggmanFIN52.56 (2 h3)51.02 (3 h1)51.35 (7)
894Linsey MacDonaldGBR52.57 (2 h2)51.60 (4 h2)52.40 (8)
5 h1 r2/3264Lyudmila ChernovaURS51.51 (3 h5)51.30 (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/398Michelle ProbertGBR52.16 (3 h1)51.89 (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/387Joslyn Hoyte-SmithGBR52.24 (1 h4)51.47 (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3157Ilona PálHUN51.99 (2 h1)51.99 (6 h2)
7 h1 r2/3199Małgorzata DuneckaPOL51.81 (4 h5)51.93 (7 h1)
7 h2 r2/3206Grażyna OliszewskaPOL52.62 (3 h4)52.36 (7 h2)
8 h1 r2/342Rositsa StamenovaBUL52.71 (3 h2)52.96 (8 h1)
8 h2 r2/3209Irena SzewińskaPOL52.57 (3 h3)53.13 (8 h2)
4 h1 r1/327Svobodka DamyanovaBUL52.23 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3222Maria SamungiROU52.89 (4 h2)
4 h3 r1/39Karoline KäferAUT52.82 (4 h3)
4 h4 r1/3298Mary AkinyemiNGR52.64 (4 h4)
5 h1 r1/3214Niculina LazarciucROU52.52 (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/374Sophie MalbranqueFRA53.46 (5 h2)
5 h3 r1/3174Erica RossiITA52.98 (5 h3)
5 h4 r1/3225Elena TărîțăROU52.96 (5 h4)
5 h5 r1/317Rosine WallezBEL52.00 (5 h5)
6 h1 r1/3243Ann-Louise SkoglundSWE52.78 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/3244Hala El-MoughrabiSYR59.33 (6 h2)
6 h3 r1/3151Judit ForgácsHUN53.06 (6 h3)
6 h4 r1/320Malena AndonovaBUL53.30 (6 h4)
6 h5 r1/3303Gloria AyanlajaNGR53.55 (6 h5)
7 h1 r1/3299Kehinde VaughanNGR53.54 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/3192Xiomara LariosNCA1:01.50 (7 h2)
7 h3 r1/3227Marième BoyeSEN55.16 (7 h3)
7 h4 r1/313Anne MichelBEL54.22 (7 h4)
7 h5 r1/3184Ruth SimpsonJAM55.59 (7 h5)
8 h1 r1/3232Eugenia Osho-WilliamsSLE1:00.44 (8 h1)
8 h4 r1/3191Acacia MateMOZ1:00.90 (8 h4)
8 h5 r1/3294Trần Thị Ngọc AnhVIE1:00.62 (8 h5)
DNS166Rita BottiglieriITA– (DNS h2)

Round One (25 July 1980 — 12:50)

Top three in each heat and next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
13Christina LathanGDR51.33Q
27Ilona PálHUN51.99Q
35Michelle ProbertGBR52.16Q
41Svobodka DamyanovaBUL52.23
56Niculina LazarciucROU52.52
62Ann-Louise SkoglundSWE52.78
78Kehinde VaughanNGR53.54
84Eugenia Osho-WilliamsSLE1:00.44

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
17Nina ZyuskovaURS51.42Q
28Linsey MacDonaldGBR52.57Q
31Rositsa StamenovaBUL52.71Q
42Maria SamungiROU52.89
54Sophie MalbranqueFRA53.46
63Hala El-MoughrabiSYR59.33
76Xiomara LariosNCA1:01.50
DNS5Rita BottiglieriITA

Heat Three

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Irina NazarovaURS51.66Q
27Pirjo HäggmanFIN52.56Q
33Irena SzewińskaPOL52.57Q
45Karoline KäferAUT52.82
52Erica RossiITA52.98
64Judit ForgácsHUN53.06
76Marième BoyeSEN55.16

Heat Four

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Joslyn Hoyte-SmithGBR52.24Q
25Gabriele LöweGDR52.43Q
31Grażyna OliszewskaPOL52.62Q
48Mary AkinyemiNGR52.64
53Elena TărîțăROU52.96
64Malena AndonovaBUL53.30
72Anne MichelBEL54.22
87Acacia MateMOZ1:00.90

Heat Five

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
15Jarmila KratochvílováTCH51.04Q
23Marita KochGDR51.06Q
32Lyudmila ChernovaURS51.51Q
46Małgorzata DuneckaPOL51.81q
54Rosine WallezBEL52.00
67Gloria AyanlajaNGR53.55
71Ruth SimpsonJAM55.59
88Trần Thị Ngọc AnhVIE1:00.62

Semi-Finals (27 July 1980 — 19:15)

Top four in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
11Marita KochGDR50.57Q
22Gabriele LöweGDR50.85Q
33Pirjo HäggmanFIN51.02Q
48Nina ZyuskovaURS51.12Q
57Lyudmila ChernovaURS51.30
66Joslyn Hoyte-SmithGBR51.47
75Małgorzata DuneckaPOL51.93
84Rositsa StamenovaBUL52.96

Heat Two

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
16Christina LathanGDR50.16Q
28Irina NazarovaURS50.18Q
35Jarmila KratochvílováTCH50.79Q
47Linsey MacDonaldGBR51.60Q
53Michelle ProbertGBR51.89
64Ilona PálHUN51.99
72Grażyna OliszewskaPOL52.36
81Irena SzewińskaPOL53.13

Final (28 July 1980 — 20:20)

PosLaneAthleteNOCTime (A)
14Marita KochGDR48.88OR
26Jarmila KratochvílováTCH49.46
35Christina LathanGDR49.66
48Irina NazarovaURS50.07
53Nina ZyuskovaURS50.17
61Gabriele LöweGDR51.33
72Pirjo HäggmanFIN51.35
87Linsey MacDonaldGBR52.40