Athletics at the 1980 Summer Olympics – Men's 110 metres hurdles

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Men's 110 metres hurdles
at the Games of the XXII Olympiad
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Soviet stamp depicting hurdling
VenueLuzhniki Stadium
Date25 and 27 July
Competitors23 from 16 nations
Winning time13.39
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s) Thomas Munkelt
 East Germany
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Alejandro Casañas
 Cuba
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Aleksandr Puchkov
 Soviet Union
← 1976
1984 →

The men's 110 metres hurdles at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union had an entry list of 23 competitors from 16 nations, with three qualifying heats (23 runners) and two semifinals (16) before the final (8) took place on Sunday 27 July 1980.[1] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Thomas Munkelt of East Germany, the first medal by a German runner in the event. Alejandro Casañas of Cuba took silver for the second Games in a row, making him the eighth man with two medals in the event. Aleksandr Puchkov's bronze was the Soviet Union's second medal in the event and first since 1964.

Background[edit]

This was the 19th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. Two finalists from 1976 returned: silver medalist Alejandro Casañas of Cuba and fifth-place finisher Thomas Munkelt of East Germany. While 1976 had been an off year for American hurdles, the United States had two dominant athletes in 1980: Renaldo Nehemiah and Greg Foster. The American-led boycott of the 1980 Games, however, prevented both from competing. In their absence, Casañas and Munkelt were favored.[2]

Bulgaria, the Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, the Seychelles, and Syria each made their first appearance in the event. Great Britain made its 17th appearance (having missed 1900 and 1904), most of any nation competing in 1980 but still one behind the absent United States's 18.

Competition format[edit]

The competition continued to use the three-round format used since 1908 (except 1960, which had four rounds) and eight-man semifinals and finals, as well as the "fastest loser" system, used since 1964. The first round consisted of three heats, with 7 or 8 hurdlers each. The top five hurdlers in each heat, along with the next fastest overall, advanced to the semifinals. The 16 semifinalists were divided into two semifinals of 8 hurdlers each; the top four hurdlers in each advanced to the 8-man final.[2][3]

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in seconds) prior to the 1980 Summer Olympics.

World record  Renaldo Nehemiah (USA) 13.00 Los Angeles, United States 6 May 1979
Olympic record  Rod Milburn (USA) 13.24 Munich, East Germany 7 September 1972

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Moscow Time (UTC+3)

Date Time Round
Friday, 25 July 1980 19:20 Round 1
Sunday, 27 July 1980 17:00
19:00
Semifinals
Final

Results[edit]

Round 1[edit]

The first round was held on Friday 25 July 1980.

Heat 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 6 Yuriy Chervanyov  Soviet Union 13.75 Q
2 1 Jan Pusty  Poland 13.84 Q
3 4 Plamen Krastev  Bulgaria 13.95 Q
4 2 Andreas Schlißke  East Germany 14.18 Q
5 5 Petar Vukičević  Yugoslavia 14.19 Q
6 8 Bernard Mabikana  Republic of the Congo 15.42
7 7 Maher Hreitani  Syria 15.45
3 Július Ivan  Czechoslovakia DNF
Wind: +0.2 m/s

Heat 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 5 Thomas Munkelt  East Germany 13.55 Q
2 3 Andrey Prokofyev  Soviet Union 13.61 Q
3 4 Javier Moracho  Spain 13.72 Q
4 2 Wilbert Greaves  Great Britain 13.85 Q
5 6 Borisav Pisić  Yugoslavia 14.13 Q
6 1 Abdoulaye Sarr  Senegal 14.57
7 7 Abdul Jabbar Rahima  Iraq 14.89
Wind: +0.5 m/s

Heat 3[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 4 Alejandro Casañas  Cuba 13.46 Q
2 1 Arto Bryggare  Finland 13.77 Q
3 3 Mark Holtom  Great Britain 13.83 Q
4 6 Aleksandr Puchkov  Soviet Union 13.84 Q
5 5 Thomas Dittrich  East Germany 13.93 Q
6 2 Carlos Sala  Spain 14.28 q
7 8 Abdul Ismail  Mozambique 15.18
8 7 Antonio Gopal  Seychelles 16.36
Wind: +1.0 m/s

Semifinals[edit]

The semifinals were held on Sunday 27 July 1980.

Semifinal 1[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 8 Alejandro Casañas  Cuba 13.44 Q
2 3 Aleksandr Puchkov  Soviet Union 13.50 Q
3 2 Yuriy Chervanyov  Soviet Union 13.78 Q
4 7 Javier Moracho  Spain 13.80 Q
5 4 Thomas Dittrich  East Germany 13.90
6 1 Wilbert Greaves  Great Britain 13.98
7 6 Borisav Pisić  Yugoslavia 14.16
8 5 Andreas Schlißke  East Germany 14.60
Wind: +0.7 m/s

Semifinal 2[edit]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Time Notes
1 7 Thomas Munkelt  East Germany 13.49 Q
2 8 Andrey Prokofyev  Soviet Union 13.59 Q
3 2 Arto Bryggare  Finland 13.78 Q
4 4 Jan Pusty  Poland 13.81 Q
5 1 Mark Holtom  Great Britain 13.94
6 6 Plamen Krastev  Bulgaria 13.99
7 5 Carlos Sala  Spain 14.00
8 3 Petar Vukičević  Yugoslavia 14.12
Wind: +0.9 m/s

Final[edit]

Casañas hit the first two hurdles, allowing Munkelt to build a lead; Casañas nearly caught him, but "lost out to Munkelt in a lean at the tape."[2]

Rank Lane Athlete Nation Reaction Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) 3 Thomas Munkelt  East Germany 0.129 13.39
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 6 Alejandro Casañas  Cuba 0.144 13.40
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 Aleksandr Puchkov  Soviet Union 0.145 13.44
4 5 Andrey Prokofyev  Soviet Union 0.145 13.49
5 1 Jan Pusty  Poland 0.149 13.68
6 2 Arto Bryggare  Finland 0.175 13.76
7 8 Javier Moracho  Spain 0.151 13.78
8 7 Yuriy Chervanyov  Soviet Union 0.166 15.80
Wind: +0.9 m/s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1980 Moscow Summer Games: Men's 110 metres Hurdles". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "110 metres Hurdles, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 45.