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Moscow 1980 Olympics Medals Table


Officially known as the Games of the XXII Olympiad, the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games saw the participation by 5,179 athletes who represented 80 NOCs in 203 events from around 22 sports. It is interesting to know that these were the first Games to be held in a communist nation.

Unfortunate was the boycott of Games by 64 countries as a protest against the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Surprising fact about the 1980 Moscow Games was that the United States of America didn't allow its players to compete simply because they had to suffer inconvenience in getting their passwords revoked. Hence, this was the only Olympics where the United States of America didn't win even a single medal.

USSR became the winner of maximum number of medals with 80 gold, 69 silver and 46 bronze in its kitty. German Democratic Republic, Bulgaria and Cuba took the second, third and fourth positions respectively. Zimbabwe was the nation which was invited by the Olympics organizing committee at the eleventh hour. In report to this late invitation, the nation got on with the selection of members less than a week prior to the Games and all the participants rushed to Moscow. The thing that took everyone by a shock was that the nation was successful in winning a gold medal.



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Last Updated : July 16, 2016



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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