Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 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.
Japan’s Yuji Takada was the defending gold medalist and had been World Champion in 1979, as well as 1974-75 and 1977, but he was absent due to the American-led boycott. This left the favorite’s role to Soviet Anatoly Beloglazov, the 1978 World Champion, who dominated the division, winning six straight matches, the first two by decision and then winning the his final four bouts by falls. In round six he threw Władysław Stecyk (POL) in only 57 seconds which clinched the gold medal, as he had already defeated the other finalist, Bulgaria’s Nermedin Selimov, the 1978 and 1980 European Champion, winning that match by a pin in 1:53 in round five. In the only final round match contested, Stecyk won silver by defeating Selimov, 6-5, on points.
The next day, Beloglazov’s twin brother, Sergey, won the gold medal in the bantamweight division. Anatoly would later win the 1982 World title as a bantamweight, the only year between 1981-87 that Sergey did not win that event.
|1||Anatoly Beloglazov||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|5||Jang Dok-Ryong||26||North Korea||PRK|
|8||Hartmut Reich||24||East Germany||GDR|
|AC||Mohammad Aynutdin||25||Afghanistan||AFG||Eliminated r3/7||8,0|
|AC||Mohamed Hachaichi||29||Algeria||ALG||Eliminated r3/7||9,0|
|AC||Kumar Ashok||20||India||IND||Eliminated r3/7||9,0|
|AC||Nguyễn Kim Thiềng||19||Vietnam||VIE||Eliminated r2/7||7,0|
|AC||Luis Ocaña||25||Cuba||CUB||Eliminated r2/7||7,5|
|AC||Ahmad Dahrouj||28||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/7||7,5|
|AC||Mark Dunbar||19||Great Britain||GBR||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|
|AC||Petre Ciarnău||36||Romania||ROU||Eliminated r2/7||8,0|