Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Soviet [David Rigert] had been the top lifter in this class throughout the 1970s, but as the heavy favorite, had bombed out at the 1972 Olympics, failing to make a lift in the snatch. He came back to win the gold medal in 1976. He was considered a challenger for gold in 1980 but was no longer as dominant as he had been, although he had won the 1978 World Championship in heavyweight I class. However, Rigert did a reprise of 1972, failing to make a lift in the snatch, and was disqualified. The other top lifter in this class was West German [Rolf Milser], 1978 World Champion, and runner-up at the Worlds in 1977 and 1979. Milser could not compete in 1980 as West Germany joined the USA-led boycott, which left the class wide-open after Rigert went out. In the end the surprise gold medal was won by Hungarian [Péter Baczakó], who had won Olympic bronze as a light-heavyweight in 1976. He was tied by Bulgarian [Rumen Aleksandrov] and East German [Frank Mantek].
|3||Frank Mantek||21||East Germany||GDR||Bronze||370.0|
|9||Gary Langford||27||Great Britain||GBR||330.0|
|AC||David Rigert||33||Soviet Union||URS||DNF|
|AC||Hugo De Grauwe||26||Belgium||BEL||DNF|