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Equestrian at the 1980 Summer Olympics

 

Equestrian at the 1980 Summer Olympics

Individual show jumping gold medalist Jan Kowalczyk from Poland

Equestrian at the 1980 Summer Olympics was represented by six events. All of them, with the exception of the Individual Jumping Grand Prix, were held in the Trade Unions Equestrian Centre, which is situated in the Bitsa Forest Park (southern part of Moscow). Individual Jumping Grand Prix was held in the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium at Luzhniki (south-western part of Moscow). As usual for the equestrian in the Olympics, all events were mixed, i.e. not divided into men’s only events and women’s only events.

Due to the boycott, only eleven nations competed in the equestrian events: Austria, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Finland, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Romania, and the USSR. Therefore, only a few of the top riders in the world competed, including the Italian eventing team and the current European champion in dressage, Austrian Sissy Theurer. India also sent an eventing team, but all four of its riders were eliminated. There were only 68 entries total in the equestrian competition at the 1980 Olympics.

Contents

  • The Disciplines 1
    • Show Jumping 1.1
    • Dressage 1.2
    • Eventing 1.3
  • Medals 2
  • Events 3
    • Individual Dressage 3.1
    • Team Dressage 3.2
    • Three-Day Event 3.3
    • Team Three-Day Event 3.4
    • Individual Jumping Grand Prix 3.5
    • Team Jumping Grand Prix 3.6
  • External links 4

The Disciplines

Individual gold medalist in dressage, Elisabeth Theurer and Mon Cherie

Show Jumping

26 riders from seven nations competed over Viatcheslav Kartavski's course, including six teams, none of whom were dominating powers in international show jumping. The course was kept easy, with ideal distances between fences. Only sixteen riders competed in the individual show jumping competition, including one each from Finland and Guatemala. The Guatemalan, Oswaldo Mendaz, finished in fourth place after losing the jump-off for bronze to Mexico’s Joaquin Perez de la Heras. Silver went to Nikolaj Korolkov, finishing with 9.5 penalties, and gold went to Poland’s Jan Kowalczyk, who had a rail in each round.

Dressage

Of the 14 riders (seven nations) competing in dressage, there was only one top international competitor: 26-year-old Elisabeth Theurer on her Hanoverian Mon Cheri. She finished the Grand Prix an astonishing 35 points ahead of the second place finisher Yuri Kovshov, and 82 points ahead of the third place winner Viktor Ugriumov. She spread this margin even further in the Grand Prix Special, to 90 points ahead of silver and 136 points ahead of bronze. However, her win was not marred by controversy, and the Austrian National Equestrian Federation's President resigned after her decision to compete.

Without any significant competition at the 1980 Olympics, the Soviet dressage team won by a record 803 points ahead of the silver medal winning Bulgarian team. This was managed even without one of their top riders, Elena Petushkova, after her horse died from an illness.

Eventing

Only six nations competed, but with the addition of the 1964 Olympics gold medal winners (Italy) to the team fielded by the USSR (three-time European Champion), there was true competition. Endurance day was held in Bitsa forest park, over very deep footing, and included a 5500 meter Phase A, 3795 meter Steeplechase, 12100 meter Phase C, and a final 7685 meter cross-country course. Although the course was inviting, 11 of the 28 starters were eliminated.

Medals

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Soviet Union (URS) 3 3 2 8
2  Italy (ITA) 1 1 0 2
 Poland (POL) 1 1 0 2
4  Austria (AUT) 1 0 0 1
5   (BUL) 0 1 0 1
6  Mexico (MEX) 0 0 3 3
7  Romania (ROU) 0 0 1 1

Events

Individual Dressage

Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Time Score
1 Elisabeth Theurer Mon Cherie Austria 7:44 1370
2 Yuri Kovshov Igrok Soviet Union 7:35 1300
3 Viktor Ugryumov Shkval Soviet Union 8:03 1234
4 Vera Misevich Plot Soviet Union 7:53 1231
5 Kyra Kyrklund Piccolo Finland 8:02 1121
6 Anghelache Donescu Dor Romania 7:20 960

Team Dressage

Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Score
1 Yuri Kovshov
Viktor Ugryumov
Vera Misevich
lgrok
Shkval
Plot
Soviet Union 4383
2 Petar Mandajiev
Svetoslav lvanov
Gheorghi Gadjev
Stchibor
Aleko
Vnimatelen
Bulgaria ]] 3580
3 Anghelache Donescu
Dumitru Veliku
Petre Rosca
Dor
Decebal
Derbist
Romania 3346
4 Jozef Zagor
Elke-Karin Morciniec
Wanda Wąsowska
Helios
Sum
Damask
Poland 2945

Three-Day Event

Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Score
1 Federico Roman Rossinan Italy 108.60
2 Aleksandr Blinov Galzun Soviet Union 120.80
3 Yuri Salnikov Pintset Soviet Union 151.60
4 Valery Volkov Tskheti Soviet Union 184.60
5 Tzvetan Dontchev Medisson Bulgaria ]] 185.80
6 Mirosław Szłapka Erywań Poland 241.80
7 Anna Casagrande Daleye Italy 266.20

Team Three-Day Event

Team bronze medalist Anna Casagrande of Italy in the eventing competition
Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Score
1 Aleksandr Blinov
Yuri Salnikov
Valery Volkov
Sergei Rogozhin
Galzun
Pintset
Tskheti
Gelespont
Soviet Union 457.00
2 Federico Roman
Anna Casagrande
Mauro Roman
Marina Sciocchetti
Rossinan
Daleye
Dourakin 4
Rohan de Lechereo
Italy 656.20
3 Manuel Mendivil
David Bárcena
José Luis Pérez
Fabián Vázquez
Remember
Bombona
Quelite
Cocaleco
Mexico 1172.85
4 László Cseresnyés
lstván Grózner
Zoltán Horváth
Mihály Oláh
Fapipa
Biboros
Lamour
Ados
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Individual Jumping Grand Prix

Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Score
1 Jan Kowalczyk Artemor Poland 8.00
2 Nikolai Korolkov Espadron Soviet Union 9.50
3 Joaquín Pérez Alymony Mexico 12.00
4 Oswaldo Méndez Pampa Guatemala 12.00
5 Viktor Poganovsky Topky Soviet Union 15.50
6 Wiesław Hartman Norton Poland 16.00

Remark:for 3rd and 4th ranked contestants the standings are after jump-off.

Team Jumping Grand Prix

Polish and USSR Jumping riders congratulate each other after their medal-winning performances.
Final
Rank
Name Horse Country Score
1 Vyacheslav Chukanov
Viktor Poganovsky
Viktor Asmaev
Nikolai Korolkov
Gepatit
Topky
Reis
Espadron
Soviet Union 20.25
2 Marian Kozicki
Jan Kowalczyk
Wiesław Hartman
Janusz Bobik
Bremen
Artemor
Norton
Szampan
Poland 56.00
3 Joaquin Pérez
Jesús Gómez
Gerardo Tazzer
Alberto Valdés, Jr.
Alymony
Massacre
Caribe
Lady Mirka
Mexico 59.75
4 Barnabás Hevesi
Ferenc Krucsó
András Balogi
József Varró
Bohem
Vadrózsa
Artemis
Gambrinusz
22x20px|border|alt=|link=]] Hungary 124.00
5 Alexandru Bozan
Dania Popescu
Ion Popa
Dumitru Velea
Prejmer
Sonor
Licurici
Fudul
Romania 150.50
6 Dimitar Ghenov
Khristo Katchov
Nikola Dimitrov
Boris Pavlov
Makbet
Povod
Vals
Monblan
Bulgaria ]] 159.50

External links

  • 1980 Summer Olympics on IOC Site
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