| Event type

1,500 metres, Women

Date30 July – 1 August 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants24 from 14 countries

Tatyana Kazankina was the defending champion and the fastest in the field by far. She had set the world record of 3:56.0 in 1976, shortly before the Olympics, and that had not been approached until July 1980, when she broke the record with 3:55.0 at the Znamensky Memoiral in Moskva. In round one, she showed her form when she broke 4-minutes with 3:59.12, very fast for a heat. The final started slowly, but Kazankina took the lead with 1½ laps remaining and ran her third lap in a very quick 58.4. She won over Christiane Wartenberg by about 10 metres. Twelve days later, at the Weltklasse Meet in Zürich, Kazankina lowered her world record again, to 3:52.47, a mark which would last until 1993.

1268Tatyana KazankinaURS3:59.2 (1 h1)3:56.6 (1)Gold
2140Christiane WartenbergGDR4:00.4 (3 h1)3:57.8 (2)Silver
3281Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS3:59.5 (2 h1)3:59.6 (3)Bronze
4167Gabriella DorioITA4:05.0 (3 h2)4:00.3 (4)
5109Ulrike BrunsGDR4:01.6 (4 h1)4:00.7 (5)
6288Lyubov SmolkaURS4:04.4 (1 h2)4:01.3 (6)
7220Maricica PuicăROU4:01.7 (5 h1)4:01.3 (7)
8223Ileana SilaiROU4:04.7 (2 h2)4:03.0 (8)
9218Natalia MărășescuROU4:05.9 (4 h2)4:04.8 (9)
5 h2 r1/2197Anna BukisPOL4:06.0 (5 h2)
6 h1 r1/249Vesela YatsinskaBUL4:04.7 (6 h1)
6 h2 r1/2124Beate LiebichGDR4:06.8 (6 h2)
7 h1 r1/2233Cornelia BürkiSUI4:05.5 (7 h1)
7 h2 r1/226Nikolina ShterevaBUL4:08.3 (7 h2)
8 h1 r1/239Totka PetrovaBUL4:13.8 (8 h1)
8 h2 r1/2297Breda PergarYUG4:13.2 (8 h2)
9 h1 r1/296Janet MarlowGBR4:15.9 (9 h1)
9 h2 r1/2173Agnese PossamaiITA4:14.7 (9 h2)
10 h1 r1/261Amsale WoldegibrielETH4:25.3 (10 h1)
10 h2 r1/2249Mwinga MwanjalaTAN4:20.9 (10 h2)
11 h1 r1/2247Marcellina EmmanuelTAN4:26.8 (11 h1)
11 h2 r1/2295Trịnh Thị BéVIE4:38.6 (11 h2)
12 h1 r1/2187Albertine RahéliarisoaMAD4:30.8 (12 h1)
13 h1 r1/2230Margaret MorelSEY4:37.9 (13 h1)
DNS165Geeta ZutshiIND– (DNS h2)
DNS244Hala El-MoughrabiSYR– (DNS h2)

Round One (30 July 1980 — 12:20)

Top four in each heat and next fastest advanced to the final.

Heat One

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1268Tatyana KazankinaURS3:59.23:59.12QOR
2281Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS3:59.53:59.48Q
3140Christiane WartenbergGDR4:00.44:00.31Q
4109Ulrike BrunsGDR4:01.64:01.52Q
5220Maricica PuicăROU4:01.74:01.68q
649Vesela YatsinskaBUL4:04.74:04.70
7233Cornelia BürkiSUI4:05.54:05.44
839Totka PetrovaBUL4:13.84:13.80
996Janet MarlowGBR4:15.94:15.81
1061Amsale WoldegibrielETH4:25.34:25.30
11247Marcellina EmmanuelTAN4:26.84:26.78
12187Albertine RahéliarisoaMAD4:30.84:30.72
13230Margaret MorelSEY4:37.94:37.89


400 m1:07.0Maricica Puică
800 m2:11.4Maricica Puică
1200 m3:13.9Tatyana Kazankina

Heat Two

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1288Lyubov SmolkaURS4:04.44:04.36Q
2223Ileana SilaiROU4:04.74:04.70Q
3167Gabriella DorioITA4:05.04:04.91Q
4218Natalia MărășescuROU4:05.94:05.83Q
5197Anna BukisPOL4:06.04:05.97
6124Beate LiebichGDR4:06.84:06.75
726Nikolina ShterevaBUL4:08.34:08.25
8297Breda PergarYUG4:13.24:13.16
9173Agnese PossamaiITA4:14.74:14.67
10249Mwinga MwanjalaTAN4:20.94:20.84
11295Trịnh Thị BéVIE4:38.64:38.57
DNS165Geeta ZutshiIND
DNS244Hala El-MoughrabiSYR


400 m1:09.0Lyubov Smolka
800 m2:17.0Natalia Mărășescu
1200 m3:19.2Lyubov Smolka

Final (1 August 1980 — 18:05)

PosNrAthleteNOCTime (H)Time (A)
1268Tatyana KazankinaURS3:56.63:56.56OR
2140Christiane WartenbergGDR3:57.83:57.71
3281Nadezhda OlizarenkoURS3:59.63:59.52
4167Gabriella DorioITA4:00.34:00.30
5109Ulrike BrunsGDR4:00.74:00.62
6288Lyubov SmolkaURS4:01.34:01.25
7220Maricica PuicăROU4:01.34:01.26
8223Ileana SilaiROU4:03.04:02.98
9218Natalia MărășescuROU4:04.84:04.74


400 m1:05.5Nadezhda Olizarenko
800 m2:13.7Nadezhda Olizarenko
1200 m3:12.3Tatyana Kazankina