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Judo at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Half-Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 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: BEL Robert Van de Walle
Silver: URS Tengiz Khubuluri
Bronze: GDR Dietmar Lorenz
NED Henk Numan

Summary

There were four favorites in this category. Robert Van de Walle (BEL) had been runner-up at the 1979 World Championships; Jean-Luc Rougé (FRA) was the 1980 European Champion and runner-up in the heavyweight class at the 1979 Worlds; Dietmar Lorenz (GDR) was the 1979 European Champion; joined by the reigning World Champion, Soviet Georgian Tengiz Khubuluri. Khubuluri and Lorenz met in the semi-finals with the Soviet winning. He made it to the final, where he faced Van de Walle. The final was close, with Van de Walle having a slight edge by koka to win the gold medal. Lorenz went thru the repêchage for bronze, shared with Dutch judoka Henk Numan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Van de Walle 26 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Tengiz Khubuluri 25 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Dietmar Lorenz 30 East Germany GDR Bronze
3T Henk Numan 25 Netherlands NED Bronze
5T István Szepesi 21 Hungary HUN
5T Rolando José Tornes 23 Cuba CUB
7T Daniel Radu 22 Romania ROU
7T Jean-Luc Rougé 31 France FRA
9T Rex Chizooma Zambia ZAM
9T Dariusz Nowakowski 26 Poland POL
11T Bjarni Friðriksson 24 Iceland ISL
11T Mark Chittenden 24 Great Britain GBR
13T Robert Köstenberger 23 Austria AUT
13T John de Wet 26 Zimbabwe ZIM
13T Rajko Kušić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
13T Dendeviin Amgaa 27 Mongolia MGL
13T Essambo Ewane 27 Cameroon CMR
13T Luiz Moura 27 Brazil BRA
19T Elias Kobti 33 Syria SYR
19T Alassane Thioub 24 Senegal SEN
19T Panikos Eyripidou 24 Cyprus CYP
19T Tsancho Atanasov 25 Bulgaria BUL
19T Jaroslav Nikodým 30 Czechoslovakia TCH