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1,500 metres, Women

Date30 July – 1 August 1980
StatusOlympic
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants24 from 14 countries
Olympic Record 4:01.38 WR / Lyudmila Bragina URS / 9 September 1972

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.

PosNrAthleteNOCR1Final
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

Splits

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

Splits

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

Splits

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