Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 31, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 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.
|Bronze:|| Iliyan Nedkov
This was one class in which the world’s leading judoka was present. Nikolay Solodukhin (URS) had won the 1979 World Championships, but he was not present at the 1980 Europeans. In his opening round, he faced the 1976 gold medalist, Cuba’s Héctor Rodríguez and defeated him easily. In the other pool, the 1979 World runner-up, Yves Delvingt of France, was upset by Mongolia’s Damdin Tsendiin. The final matched Tsendiin and Solodukhin but it was not much of a match. Tsendiin spent the whole match running away from Solodukhin, avoiding ippon, and the decision was an easy one for the Soviet player.
|1||Nikolay Solodukhin||25||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5T||Torsten Reißmann||24||East Germany||GDR|
|11T||Raymond Neenan||27||Great Britain||GBR|
|13T||José António Branco||20||Portugal||POR|
|19T||Alvaro Sanabria||17||Costa Rica||CRC|
|19T||Abdul Latif Rozaihan||Kuwait||KUW|