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:||Robert Van de Walle|
|Bronze:|| Dietmar Lorenz
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].
|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|
|5T||Rolando José Tornes||23||Cuba||CUB|
|11T||Mark Chittenden||24||Great Britain||GBR|
|13T||John de Wet||26||Zimbabwe||ZIM|