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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: GDR Rudi Fink
Silver: CUB Adolfo Horta
Bronze: POL Krzysztof Kosedowski
URS Viktor Rybakov

Summary

The man who, at the beginning of 1980, would have been expected to start as favourite for the Olympic title was not present in Moscow. Bernard Taylor, the American who had won the inaugural World Cup tournament in 1979, was a victim of the US boycott. Taylor would win 481 of his 489 amateur fights but was never able to represent his country at the Olympic Games. This established 1976 medalist and current European champion Viktor Rybakov as the clear favourite at featherweight though both Luis Pizarro of Puerto Rico and Adolfo Horta, a Cuban who was dropping down a weight division, were also thought of contenders. Horta defeated Pizzaro in the quarter-final and then reached the final via a walkover, but Rybakov was eliminated in his semi-final by East Germany's Rudi Fink, a fighter who was national champion but who was previously untested in major international competition. Fink proved a revelation and took his semi-final form into the gold medal bout and, with the crowd in the arena chanting “Rudi, Rudi” in his honour, won a close but deserved decision over Horta. During the final Horta's trainer was sent from the arena for excessive coaching. Fink never again reached the same level of success and was beaten in his first bout at the 1981 European Championships where Rybakov was again champion. Although they did not win medals in Moscow three boxers present went on to long and successful professional careers. Ireland's Barry McGuigan, Antonio Esparragoza of Venezuela and Daniel Londas all held world titles during their careers.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rudi Fink 22 East Germany GDR Gold
2 Adolfo Horta 22 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Viktor Rybakov 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Krzysztof Kosedowski 19 Poland POL Bronze
5T Luis Pizarro 17 Puerto Rico PUR
5T Sidnei dal Rovere 21 Brazil BRA
5T Tsacho Andreykovski 25 Bulgaria BUL
5T Winifred Kabunda Zambia ZAM
9T Fitzroy Brown 21 Guyana GUY
9T Titi Cercel 21 Romania ROU
9T Barry McGuigan 19 Ireland IRL
9T Leoul Neeraio 20 Ethiopia ETH
9T Dejan Marović 20 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Peter Hanlon 21 Great Britain GBR
9T Barthelémy Adoukonu 22 Benin BEN
9T Carlos González 20 Mexico MEX
17T Odd Bengtsson 21 Sweden SWE
17T Róbert Gönczi 28 Hungary HUN
17T Abílio Cabral 20 Angola ANG
17T Jean-Pierre Mbereke-Baban 20 Cameroon CMR
17T Narendra Poma 21 Nepal NEP
17T Ramy Zialor 20 Seychelles SEY
17T Gu Yong-Jo 25 North Korea PRK
17T Miroslav Šandor 22 Czechoslovakia TCH
17T Antonio Esparragoza 20 Venezuela VEN
17T Takto Youtiya Homrasmy 24 Laos LAO
17T Isaack Mabushi 24 Tanzania TAN
17T Esmail Mohammad 19 Afghanistan AFG
17T Ravsalyn Otgonbayar 25 Mongolia MGL
17T William Azanor 21 Nigeria NGR
17T Daniel Londas 26 France FRA
17T Anicet Sambo Madagascar MAD
33T Hannu Kaislama 23 Finland FIN
33T Nihal Haddad 21 Syria SYR
33T Ali Abdul Zhawa Jawad 24 Iraq IRQ