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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 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.

Gold: URS Shamil Serikov
Silver: POL Józef Lipień
Bronze: SWE Benni Ljungbeck


The favorite was Soviet Shamil Serikov, the 1978-79 World Champion and 1979 European Champion. His biggest threat was expected to come from Poland’s Józef Lipień, now competing in his fourth Olympics, and World Champion back in 1973, placing second in that tournament in 1974-75. Serikov won easily, winning every match, and defeating Lipień in the final match, 11-4 on points. The bronze medal went to Sweden’s Benni Ljungbeck, who had recently placed second at the 1980 Europeans. Serikov threw Ljungbeck in round five in 2:42. Lipień and Ljungbeck met in the final round, and both were disqualified for passivity.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Shamil Serikov 24 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Józef Lipień 31 Poland POL Silver
3 Benni Ljungbeck 22 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Mihai Boţilă 28 Romania ROU
5 Antonino Caltabiano 25 Italy ITA
6 Josef Krysta 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
7 Gyula Molnár 32 Hungary HUN
8T Georgi Donev 22 Bulgaria BUL
AC Pertti Ukkola 29 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Mohamed Moutei Nakdali 18 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Herbert Nigsch 19 Austria AUT Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Julien Mewis 22 Belgium BEL Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Leonel Pérez 26 Cuba CUB Eliminated r2/6 8,0