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Judo at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's 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: FRA Angelo Parisi
Silver: BUL Dimitar Zapryanov
Bronze: TCH Vladimír Kocman
YUG Radomir Kovačević

Summary

The Japanese would have been heavily favored as Sumio Endo and Yasuhiro Yamashita had won the heavyweight and open classes at the 1979 World Championships. In their absence the favorite was European Champion Angelo Parisi, although he had only recently moved up from the half-heavyweight division. He made it to the final where he faced the 1979 European Junior Champion, Dimitar Zapryanov (BUL), who was much larger than Parisi at 140 kg. Parisi won the gold medal by ippon, throwing Zapryanov with seoi-otoshi at 6:14 of the final. Yamashita, who would win the 1984 open gold medal, watched the competition and proclaimed Parisi the only man worth watching in Moskva. Parisi represented France, although he had been born in Italy. He moved to England as a youth and competed on the British team, but switched to the French team after marrying a French woman.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Angelo Parisi 27 France FRA Gold
2 Dimitar Zapryanov 20 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3T Vladimír Kocman 24 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze
3T Radomir Kovačević 26 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
5 Kim Myong-Gyu 27 North Korea PRK
6 Paul Radburn 25 Great Britain GBR
7T Wojciech Reszko 23 Poland POL
8T Jean Zinniker 28 Switzerland SUI
8T Imre Varga 34 Hungary HUN
10T Mihai Cioc 19 Romania ROU
10T Abdoulaye Kote 25 Senegal SEN
10T Peter Adelaar 33 Netherlands NED
10T Sayed Farhad Kuwait KUW
10T Vitaly Kuznetsov 39 Soviet Union URS
10T Osvaldo Simões Filho 27 Brazil BRA
16 Güsemiin Jalaa 31 Mongolia MGL