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** The 1980 Olympic Games at Moscow was boycotted by the non-communist
countries led by the United States, when the Soviet Army invaded
Afghanistan in 1979. Interestingly, no boycott was imposed on trade or any other
** Soviet Union gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin won the greatest number of
medals - eight - by any athlete at any sport at one Olympics Games in 1980.
** Soviet Union gymnast Aleksandr Dityatin during the 1980 Games became
the first male to be awarded a "10.00" during the 1980 horse vault.
** Soviet Union gymnast Nikolay Andrianov took his medal tally to a record
15 in three Games during the 1980 Games.
** In the triple jump event in the 1980 Games Soviet Union's Viktor
Saneyev ended his remarkable career with a silver to add to his three gold medals
he won in 1968, 1972 and 1976.
** The East German girls during the 1980 Games won 26 of the available 35
** Zimbabwe competing in the Olympics for the first time in the 1980 Games
were the first winners of the women's field hockey event.
** India won the men's hockey event after a gap of 16 years in the 1980
Games. It was its 8th gold medal.
** Soviet Union's Vladimir Parfenovich in 1980 was the first canoeist to
win three gold medals in the same Games.
** Cuban Teofilo Stevenson who won the 1980 heavyweight gold medal became
the first boxer to win three golds in the same event in three Games.
** In the 1980 rowing event, the East German twins Jorg and Bernd
Landvoigt retained their coxless pairs title by defeating another pair of twins from
Soviet Union - Yuriy and Nikolay Pimenov.
** In the 1980 Games, Soviet Union's Anatoly and Sergey Beloglasov - both
twins - won the 52kg and 57kg freestyle events respectively in wrestling.
** North Korea's female gymnast Myong Hui Choe in 1980 became the smallest
competitor in Olympic history at 1.35m (4ft 4 in). She also weighed just 25 kg.