Moscow Olympics

In protest at the USSR’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan, a US led boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the first to be held behind the Iron Curtain, saw a total of just 80 national teams take part. The British Olympic Team was one of these – much to the annoyance of Her Majesty’s Government.

Overall, the team had its best year since 1956, winning a total of 5 gold medals, 7 silver and 9 bronze. The gold medals were won by Alan Wells (athletics, 100m), Steve Ovett (athletics, 800m), Sebastian Coe (athletics, 1500m), Daley Thompson (athletics, decathlon) and Duncan Goodhew (swimming, 100m breaststroke).

Other notable medalists were Neil Adams (silver, judo), Sharron Davies (silver, swimming) and the Women’s 4 x 100m sprint relay team which included Kathy Smallwood and won bronze.

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