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|