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Judo at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Half-Lightweight

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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.

Gold: URS Nikolay Solodukhin
Silver: MGL Tsendiin Damdin
Bronze: BUL Iliyan Nedkov
POL Janusz Pawłowski

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nikolay Solodukhin 25 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Tsendiin Damdin 23 Mongolia MGL Silver
3T Iliyan Nedkov 22 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
3T Janusz Pawłowski 21 Poland POL Bronze
5T Yves Delvingt 27 France FRA
5T Torsten Reißmann 24 East Germany GDR
7T Wolfgang Biedron 29 Sweden SWE
7T Jaroslav Kříž 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
9T Fransie Fyfer 25 Zimbabwe ZIM
9T Héctor Rodríguez 28 Cuba CUB
11T Djibril Sambou Senegal SEN
11T Raymond Neenan 27 Great Britain GBR
13T José António Branco 20 Portugal POR
13T Gerardo Padilla 21 Mexico MEX
13T Sylvain Rabary 18 Madagascar MAD
13T Michael Young 22 Australia AUS
13T Luiz Onmura 20 Brazil BRA
13T Mamadou Diallo 38 Guinea GUI
19T Abdoulaye Thera 24 Mali MLI
19T Jimmy Arévalo 20 Ecuador ECU
19T Alvaro Sanabria 17 Costa Rica CRC
19T Gerard Tom-Tam 29 Cameroon CMR
19T Franc Očko 20 Yugoslavia YUG
19T Konstantinos Konstantinou 18 Cyprus CYP
19T Francis Mwahza Zambia ZAM
19T Redwan El-Zaouiki 26 Syria SYR
19T Constantin Niculae 25 Romania ROU
19T Abdul Latif Rozaihan Kuwait KUW
19T Imre Gelencsér 19 Hungary HUN