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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 25, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB Teófilo Stevenson
Silver: URS Pyotr Zayev
Bronze: GDR Jürgen Fanghänel
HUN István Lévai

Summary

Teófilo Stevenson was aiming for an unprecedented third successive title in the same weight category and, although perhaps not the powerhouse that he had been in 1972 and 1976, he was still the favourite to achieve the feat. With Peter Hussing, the European champion from West Germany, and American James Broad missing due to the boycott his chief adversary appeared to be East German champion Jürgen Fanghänel but Fanghänel fell at the semi-final stage to home fighter Pyotr Zayev. Zayev gave Stevenson a good fight in the final and some thought that he may even have been a little unlucky to lose the verdict, it was the Cuban who took the gold on a 4-1 decision. Stevenson missed the 1984 Olympic Games due to the reciprocal boycott but claimed another world championship title at the age of 34 in 1986. He is widely considered the all-time greatest amateur heavyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Teófilo Stevenson 28 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Pyotr Zayev 26 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T István Lévai 23 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Jürgen Fanghänel 28 East Germany GDR Bronze
5T Francesco Damiani 21 Italy ITA
5T Petar Stoimenov 20 Bulgaria BUL
5T Anders Eklund 22 Sweden SWE
5T Grzegorz Skrzecz 22 Poland POL
9T Naasan Ajjoub 19 Syria SYR
9T Luis Castillo Ecuador ECU
9T Solomon Ataga 32 Nigeria NGR
9T Willie Isangura 27 Tanzania TAN
9T Aziz Salihu 26 Yugoslavia YUG
9T Teodor Pîrjol 23 Romania ROU