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Judo at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Extra-Lightweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: August 1, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the winner of each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: FRA Thierry Rey
Silver: CUB José Rodríguez
Bronze: URS Aramby Yemizh
HUN Tibor Kincses

Summary

Thierry Rey (FRA) had won the 1979 World Championships and was slightly favored, particularly because of the absence of 1980 European Champion, Italian Felice Mariani, a victim of the boycott. Rey had competed at the Europeans, but lost early to Austria’s Pepi Reiter. In the early rounds, the best fighter appeared to be an unheralded Cuban, José Rodríguez, who won his first two matches in a total of 30 seconds. He again won by ippon in the pool final, this time in 51 seconds over Hungarian Tibor Kincses. Rey came thru the other pool with no major difficulty but without the flair of Rodríguez. The final was somewhat disappointing. Rey countered Rodríguez’s attacking style and won with a koka via a kosoto-gari counter to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thierry Rey 21 France FRA Gold
2 José Rodríguez 21 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Tibor Kincses 20 Hungary HUN Bronze
3T Aramby Yemizh 27 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5T John Holliday 19 Great Britain GBR
5T Pavel Petřikov 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
7T Samir El-Najjar 24 Syria SYR
7T Reino Fagerlund 26 Finland FIN
9T João Paulo Mendonça 22 Portugal POR
9T Sihad Keyrouz Lebanon LIB
11T Yanjmaagiin Dorj 26 Mongolia MGL
11T Ko Hyong 24 North Korea PRK
13T Reinhardt Arndt 28 East Germany GDR
13T Spyros Spyrou 24 Cyprus CYP
13T Luiz Shinohara 25 Brazil BRA
13T Ronny Sanabria 16 Costa Rica CRC
13T Ahmed Moussa 28 Algeria ALG
13T Marcel Burkhard 28 Switzerland SUI
19T Habib Sissoko 21 Mali MLI
19T Charles Chibwe Zambia ZAM
19T Alberto Francini 22 San Marino SMR
19T Mamodaly Ashikhoussen 22 Madagascar MAD
19T Boubacar Sow 22 Senegal SEN
19T Ali Heidar Ali Mohamed Kuwait KUW
19T Rafael González 21 Mexico MEX
19T Arpad Szabo 22 Romania ROU
19T Marian Donat 19 Poland POL
19T Ibrahim Camara Guinea GUI
19T Pepi Reiter 21 Austria AUT