Athletics At the 1981 Summer Universiade
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Athletics At the 1981 Summer Universiade
Athletics at the XI Summer Universiade
National Stadium, Bucharest.JPG
The host stadium for the events
Host cityBucharest, Romania Romania
Date(s)July 1981
Main stadiumStadionul Na?ional
Records set14 Games records

The athletics competition at the 1981 Summer Universiade was held at the National Stadium in Bucharest, Romania, in July 1981. The programme featured 23 events for men and 16 for women. A total of fourteen Universiade records were broken during the 1981 Games.

The Soviet Union was the most successful nation medals-wise as it topped the table with eleven gold medals and 32 in total. The United States, runners-up in the competition, also took eleven gold medals, but had a lesser haul overall with 17 medal performances. East Germany and Italy had the next greatest number of gold medals, with four and three respectively, but it was the host nation Romania which was third place in the total tally, having won two golds but fifteen medals overall.

The competition featured a men's marathon race and a 20 kilometres road walk for the first time, expanding the programme outside of the usual track and field stadium. The women's 3000 metres also made its first Games appearance, having been previously held at only the 1975 World University Championships in Athletics competition. The 400 metres hurdles and 4×400 metres relay for women were other new additions to the Universiade athletics contest, while the women's pentathlon was replaced with the more extensive heptathlon event.

Saïd Aouita demonstrated his potential with a win in the 1500 metres in a Games record time. The 1980 Olympic gold medallists Dainis K?la (javelin) and Maurizio Damilano (20 km walk) won their respective disciplines. On the women's side, reigning Olympic champions Tatyana Kolpakova and Sara Simeoni won the long jump and high jump events. Konstantin Volkov, the 1980 Olympic silver medallist, was another high-profile name and he set a record to win the men's pole vault. Romanian Doina Melinte won the women's 800 metres gold and 1500 m silver and later went on to win medals of those colours at the 1984 Summer Olympics. An unusual mistake occurred in the men's 10,000 metres competition, as the athletes ran a further lap of the circuit than intended - resulting in a total distance of 10,400 m.

Medal summary

Men's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres  Mel Lattany (USA) 10.18  Calvin Smith (USA) 10.26  Ernest Obeng (GHA) 10.37
200 metres  Yuriy Naumenko (URS) 20.79  István Nagy (HUN) 20.83  Georges Kablan Degnan (CIV) 20.97
400 metres  Cliff Wiley (USA) 45.18  Walter McCoy (USA) 45.33  Gerson de Souza (BRA) 45.91
800 metres  Andreas Hauck (GDR) 1:50.12  Sotirios Moutsanas (GRE) 1:50.20  Pavel Troshchilo (URS) 1:50.26
1500 metres  Saïd Aouita (MAR) 3:38.43 GR  Vinko Pokraj?i? (YUG) 3:39.83  Amar Brahmia (ALG) 3:39.85
5000 metres  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:49.95  Jozef Lencés (TCH) 13:50.34  Frank Zimmermann (FRG) 13:50.84
10,000 metres +  Toomas Turb (URS) 29:42.83  Gyorgi Marko (ROM) 29:51.13  Dave Murphy (GBR) 29:51.27
110 m hurdles  Larry Cowling (USA) 13.65  Pal Palffy (ROM) 13.73  Georgiy Shabanov (URS) 13.82
400 m hurdles  David Lee (USA) 49.05  Dmitriy Shkarupin (URS) 49.52  Antônio Dias Ferreira (BRA) 50.04
3000 m steeplechase  John Gregorek (USA) 8:21.26 GR  Tommy Ekblom (FIN) 8:21.93  Mariano Scartezzini (ITA) 8:28.03
4×100 metres relay  United States (USA)
Mel Lattany
Anthony Ketchum
Jason Grimes
Calvin Smith
38.70  Soviet Union (URS)
Andrey Shlyapnikov
Nikolay Sidorov
Aleksandr Aksinin
Vladimir Muravyov
38.94  France (FRA)
Philippe Le Joncour
Stéphane Adam
Gabriel Brothier
Aldo Canti
4×400 metres relay  Soviet Union (URS)
Aleksandr Zolotaryev
Vitaliy Fedotov
Viktor Burakov
Viktor Markin
3:02.75  United States (USA)
David Lee
Anthony Ketchum
David Patrick
Walter McCoy
3:03.01  Brazil (BRA) 3:06.79
Marathon  Ivan Kovalchuk (URS) 2:22:14 GR  Herbert Wills (USA) 2:23:22  Gheorghe Buruiana (ROM) 2:24:45
20 kilometres walk  Maurizio Damilano (ITA) 1:26:47 GR  Carlo Mattioli (ITA) 1:28:10  Liodor Pescaru (ROM) 1:28:56
High jump  Leo Williams (USA) 2.25 m  Zhu Jianhua (CHN) 2.25 m  Gerd Nagel (FRG) 2.25 m
Pole vault  Konstantin Volkov (URS) 5.75 m GR  Vladimir Polyakov (URS) 5.70 m  Philippe Houvion (FRA) 5.65 m
Long jump  László Szalma (HUN) 8.23 m (w)  Liu Yuhuang (CHN) 8.11 m  Ubaldo Duany (CUB) 8.10 m
Triple jump  Zou Zhenxian (CHN) 17.32 m GR  Béla Bakosi (HUN) 16.97 m  Keith Connor (GBR) 16.88 m
Shot put  Mike Carter (USA) 20.19 m  Detlef Mortag (GDR) 19.35 m  Dalibor Va?ícek (TCH) 19.20 m
Discus throw  Armin Lemme (GDR) 65.90 m GR  Wolfgang Warnemünde (GDR) 63.54 m  Ion Zamfirache (ROM) 63.40 m
Hammer throw  Klaus Ploghaus (FRG) 77.74 m GR  Jüri Tamm (URS) 76.54 m  Igor Nikulin (URS) 75.24 m
Javelin throw
(old javelin model)
 Dainis K?la (URS) 89.52 m GR  Gerald Weiß (GDR) 87.80 m  Heino Puuste (URS) 87.22 m
Decathlon  Aleksandr Shablenko (URS) 8055 pts  Sergey Zhelanov (URS) 8013 pts  Georg Werthner (AUT) 7825 pts
  • + = The 10,000 m race was held for one lap too many, resulting in a final distance of 10,400 m.

Women's events

Event Gold Silver Bronze
100 metres  Bev Goddard (GBR) 11.35  Olga Zolotaryova (URS) 11.51  Olga Nasonova (URS) 11.54
200 metres  Kathy Smallwood (GBR) 22.78  Marisa Masullo (ITA) 23.36  Irina Nazarova (URS) 23.45
400 metres  Irina Baskakova (URS) 51.45  Nadezhda Lyalina (URS) 51.56  Sophie Malbranque (FRA) 52.52
800 metres  Doina Melinte (ROM) 1:57.81  Gabriella Dorio (ITA) 1:58.99  Tudorita Morutan (ROM) 1:59.30
1500 metres  Gabriella Dorio (ITA) 4:05.35 GR  Doina Melinte (ROM) 4:05.74  Olga Dvirna (URS) 4:06.39
3000 metres  Breda Pergar (YUG) 8:53.78 GR  Valentina Ilyinykh (URS) 8:54.23  Maria Radu (ROM) 8:58.58
100 m hurdles  Stephanie Hightower (USA) 13.03  Mariya Kemenchezhiy (URS) 13.13  El?bieta Rabsztyn (POL) 13.31
400 m hurdles  Anna Kastyetskaya (URS) 55.52 GR  Birgit Sonntag (GDR) 55.90  Tatyana Zubova (URS) 57.07
4×100 metres relay  United States (USA) 43.66  Great Britain (GBR)
Yvette Wray
Kathy Smallwood
Sue Hearnshaw
Beverley Goddard
43.86  Italy (ITA)
Patrizia Lombardo
Marisa Masullo
Carla Mercurio
Antonella Capriotti
4×400 metres relay  Soviet Union (URS)
Ana Ambrazien?
Irina Baskakova
Natalya Alyoshina
Irina Nazarova
3:26.65  United States (USA)
Kelia Bolton
Leann Warren
Robin Campbell
Delisa Walton-Floyd
3:29.50  Romania (ROM) 3:30.47
High jump  Sara Simeoni (ITA) 1.96 m GR  Lyudmila Andonova (BUL) 1.94 m  Tamara Bykova (URS) 1.94 m
Long jump  Tatyana Kolpakova (URS) 6.83 m  Ani?oara Cu?mir (ROM) 6.77 m  Valy Ionescu (ROM) 6.61 m
Shot put  Helma Knorscheidt (GDR) 20.24 m  Ines Müller (GDR) 19.66 m  Lyudmila Savina (URS) 18.50 m
Discus throw  Floren?a Cr?ciunescu (ROM) 67.48 m GR  Petra Sziegaud (GDR) 64.14 m  Mariana Ionescu (ROM) 61.84 m
Javelin throw
(Old javelin model)
 Petra Felke (GDR) 65.20 m  Karin Smith (USA) 64.12 m  Mayra Vila (CUB) 63.88 m
Heptathlon  Ma?gorzata Guzowska (POL) 6198 pts  Nadezhda Vinogradova (URS) 6133 pts  Corina Tifrea (ROM) 6033 pts

Medal table

Petra Felke won her first international gold in the javelin and went on to win at the 1988 Summer Olympics.
1980 Olympian Ines Müller took silver in the women's shot put.
Javelin runner-up Gerald Weiß was one of many East Germans to medal in the throws.

  *   Host nation (Romania)

1 Soviet Union (URS)11101132
2 United States (USA)116017
3 East Germany (GDR)4509
4 Italy (ITA)3328
5 Romania (ROM)*24915
6 Great Britain (GBR)2125
7 China (CHN)1203
 Hungary (HUN)1203
 Yugoslavia (YUG)1203
10 West Germany (FRG)1023
11 Poland (POL)1012
12 Morocco (MAR)1001
13 Bulgaria (BUL)0101
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
 Finland (FIN)0101
 Greece (GRE)0101
17 Brazil (BRA)0033
 France (FRA)0033
19 Cuba (CUB)0022
20 Algeria (ALG)0011
 Austria (AUT)0011
 Ghana (GHA)0011
 Ivory Coast (CIV)0011
Totals (23 nations)393939117


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