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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 29, 1980
Date Finished: July 31, 1980
Format: Scoring by negative points, with negative points given for any result short of a fall. Accumulation of 6 negative points eliminated the wrestler, but a wrestler could not be eliminated after a victory. When three or fewer wrestlers remained, they advanced to a final round, with preliminary results carried forward.

Gold: URS Sergey Beloglazov
Silver: PRK Li Ho-Pyong
Bronze: MGL Dugarsürengiin Oyuunbold

Summary

Hideaki Tomiyama would have been favored, but could not compete because Japan supported the American-led boycott of Moskva. He was the 1978-79 World Champion, defeating Soviet Sergey Beloglazov in the 1979 final. In Tomiyama’s absence, Beloglazov had no competition, winning five of six matches by falls, earning 0.0 bad points, and defeating Mongolian Dugarsürengiin Oyuunbold in the final round on a disqualification when he was leading on points, 15-0. Silver went to North Korean Li Ho-Pyong who narrowly defeated Oyuunbold by criteria in the final round.

Beloglazov’s brother, Anatoly, had won the gold medal the day before in the flyweight division. Sergey Beloglazov would come to be the greatest bantamweight in the world in the 1980s, winning the World title in 1981, 1983, and 1985-87, and winning as a featherweight in 1982, when Anatoly won the bantamweight title. Neither could not compete at the 1984 Olympics because of the Soviet-led boycott, but Sergey would return in 1988 at Seoul and win a second gold in this class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Sergey Beloglazov 23 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Li Ho-Pyong 28 North Korea PRK Silver
3 Dugarsürengiin Oyuunbold 22 Mongolia MGL Bronze
4 Ivan Tsochev 26 Bulgaria BUL
5 Aurel Neagu 26 Romania ROU
6 Wiesław Kończak 28 Poland POL
7 Karim Salman Muhsin Iraq IRQ
8 Sándor Németh 23 Hungary HUN
AC Juan Rodríguez 22 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Antonio La Bruna 20 Italy ITA Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Carlos Hurtado 28 Peru PER Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Mohammad Halilula 28 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Cris Brown 17 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Amrik Singh Gill 29 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Mahmoud El-Messouti 20 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Phạm Văn Tý 25 Vietnam VIE Eliminated r2/6 8,0