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Moscow 1980 Moscow 1980 19th July - 3rd August

Despite a US-led boycott the Moscow Games produce several legendary Olympic moments

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Moscow 1980 highlights

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    Ovett stuns Coe in long-awaited 800m showdown


    No confrontation at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow had the world’s press salivating quite like the contest between Britain’s middle distance greats Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe. Two years of breaki...

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    Starostin enters modern pentathlon record books


    The modern pentathlon is that classic Olympic event testing a competitor’s ability in rounds of shooting, swimming, fencing, riding and running. The brainchild of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of t...

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    East Germany takes handball crown


    Handball glory at the summer Olympic Games has generally been the preserve of Central and Eastern European countries since the sport was introduced at the 1936 Games in Berlin. The only major absentee...