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  • News | Moscow 1980

    Flying Scotsman Wells emerges as world’s fastest man

    The absence of the American contingent from the Olympic Games in Moscow did little to lessen the tension and air of expectancy before track and field’s blue riband event, the men’s 100m.
    30 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Athletics
  • News | Moscow 1980

    France’s Trinquet foils Soviet party

    Russian fencers were expected to dominate the competition at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, especially with the leading exponents from the likes of West Germany absent due to the boycott.
    30 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Fencing, France, USSR
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Coe bounces back in 1,500m to overhaul Ovett

    Sebastian Coe was a shadow of his former self in the days after his devastating defeat to great rival Steve Ovett in the 800m final at the Olympic Games in Moscow.
    28 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Athletics, Great Britain
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Ovett stuns compatriot Coe in 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.
    28 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Athletics, Great Britain
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Gymnast Dityatin emerges from the shadows

    Alexander Dityatin finally emerged from the shadow of fellow Russian gymnast Nikolai Andrianov in spectacular fashion at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
    24 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Gymnastics, USSR
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Mankin shines as Brazilians top medal table

    Although Brazil surprisingly topped the medals table in the sailing regatta at the 1980 Olympic Games, it was the sole Russian gold medallists who stole the limelight.
    21 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980, Brazil, Sailing
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Boycott fails to dampen spirits

    The Opening Ceremony in Moscow was always going to be the most graphically affected part of the 1980 Olympic Games once 64 countries had decided to commit to a boycott.  
    19 Jul 1980 | Moscow 1980
  • News | Berlin 1936

    From horse-racer to speech writer: Jesse Owens’ life after the Olympic Games

    Jesse Owens returned home from the Berlin 1936 Olympic Games with four gold medals but no guarantees for his future prosperity. From working at a petrol station to racing against amateurs for cash, he endured many tough times, but eventually the man from Alabama reaped some reward for his brilliance and bravery.
    31 Mar 1980 | Berlin 1936, Athletics, Olympic News, OWENS, Jesse, United States of America
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Rinn and Norbert complete unprecedented luge defence

    East Germany had emerged as the dominant force in the luge and bobsleigh at the Sapporo Games in 1972  – and the peak of that domination  arguably came four years later at Innsbruck, where the country’s male and female teams enjoyed a clean sweep of all the gold medals in both sports. In one 24-hour spell GDR athletes claimed 10 medals in 24 hours. Indeed, the GDR won all but three of the medals available.
    19 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Luge, German Democratic Republic
  • News | Lake Placid 1980

    Wehling takes a huge leap into the history books

    Ulrich Wehling raced and leapt his way into the history books at Lake Placid by becoming the only competitor ever to win three consecutive gold medals in the Nordic Combined competition. At the 1980 Games the event consisted of a 70m ski jump competition, followed by a 15km cross-country race across Mount van Hoevenberg.
    16 Feb 1980 | Lake Placid 1980, Nordic Combined, German Democratic Republic, Olympic News
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