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 his final four by falls. In round six he threw [Władysław Stecyk] of Poland 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|