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Joao Carlos de Oliveira - 1980 Moscow Olympics - Triple Jump
Athletics - 1980 Moscow Olympics - Men's Triple Jump Final
Brazil's Joao Carlos de Oliveira, who won the bronze medal, at the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow, USSR.
This triple jump final was highly controversial, with apparent blatant cheating by the Russian officials resulting in a 1-2 for home athletes Jaak Uudmae (gold) and Viktor Saneyev (silver). The two favourites, Australia's Ian Campbell and Brazilian world record holder Joao Carlos de Oliveira, had nine of their twelve jumps in the final called as fouls. One of Campbell's efforts would have broken the Olympic world record and won the competition, but was adjudged a foul because he he dragged his foot on the step phase - this is almost impossible to do at that speed, and was not evident in the television replays. de Oliveira had to settle for the bronze, while Campbell finished fifth.