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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 22, 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: GRE Stelios Mygiakis
Silver: HUN István Tóth
Bronze: URS Boris Kramarenko
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Summary

There were a number of contenders with no definite favorite. Soviet Boris Kramarenko had won the 1978 World Championships, while Hungarian [Istvan Tóth] won that title in 1979. Poland’s Kazimierz Lipień was the defending gold medalist and had won the 1978 European title. Greece’s Stelios Mygiakis had won the 1979 Europeans but was somewhat of an afterthought. Lipień was not a factor, losing in round one to Mygiakis, and to Bulgarian Panayot Kirov in round three, which eliminated him. Kramarenko, Mygiakis, and Tóth were the three finalists, with Tóth’s victory over Kramarenko in round four, and Mygiakis’s defeat of Kramarenko in round five both carried over to the final results. Mygiakis then met Tóth with the gold medal on the line, which went to Mygiakis when Tóth was disqualified for passivity at 8:27 of the match. As David Wallechinsky pointed out in The Complete Book of the Olympics, this made “Mygiakis the first ‘Greco’ ever to win a Greco-Roman gold medal in the Olympics.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Stelios Mygiakis 28 Greece GRE Gold
2 István Tóth 28 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Boris Kramarenko 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Ivica Frgić 27 Yugoslavia YUG
5 Panayot Kirov 22 Bulgaria BUL
6 Kazimierz Lipień 31 Poland POL
7 Radwan Karout 30 Syria SYR
8 Michal Vejsada 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC Lars Malmkvist 24 Sweden SWE Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Ion Păun 29 Romania ROU Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Ghulam Sanay 23 Afghanistan AFG Eliminated r2/6 8,0