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.
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.
|1||Sergey Beloglazov||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|2||Li Ho-Pyong||28||North Korea||PRK||Silver|
|7||Karim Salman Muhsin||Iraq||IRQ|
|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|