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Moscow 1980 Olympics

The City of Moscow: Moscow is the capital of Russia . Moscow is located on the river Moskva . Moscow is Russia's most important city in political, economical and financial aspect. The city is also known to be the major educational, cultural and transportation centre. Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Tretyakov Gallery, Novodevichy Monastery, Moscow Metro, Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics are some of the major tourist attractions in Moscow.

The Twenty-second Olympiad: The 1980 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad . The Games were held in 1980 in Moscow in USSR .

Venue: The 1980 Olympics was held at the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium. The stadium is located in Luzhniki, Moscow . The Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium is the biggest sports stadium in Russia . Now the stadium is called Luzhniki Stadium . The stadium is a part of the Luzhniki Sports Complex .

Participants: 5217 competitors Participated in the Twenty-second Olympiad. The 80 countries which took part in the competition were Afghanistan, Angola, Algeria, Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burma, Cameroon, Colombia,

Congo People Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany Democratic Republic, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Jordon, Korea Democratic Republic, Korea people Republic, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, U.S.S.R., Venezuela Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Events: In the twenty-second Summer Games, there were 203 events in 21 sports. Medals were awarded for archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

Medal Count: U.S.S.R. won the maximum number of medals with a total of 195 medals ( 80 gold, 69 silver, 47 bronze medals). East Germany won 47 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Twenty-second Olympiad: The Twenty-second Summer Games were held from 19 th July to 3 rd August in the year 1980 in Moscow , the capital city of Russia . The Games were officially opened by Leonid Brezhnev . The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Nikolay Andrianov. The judges took Olympic oath led by Aleksandr Medved . In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Sergei Belov.

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.


Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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