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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

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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.

Gold: URS Saypulla Absaidov
Silver: BUL Ivan Yankov
Bronze: YUG Šaban Sejdi
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Summary

The 1976 gold medalist, Pavel Pinigin, had won the 1977-78 World titles, but he competed as a welterweight in Moskva, with the Soviet team choosing Saypulla Absaidov, the 1980 European Champion, for this class. Absaidov had an easy time of it, winning his first three matches by falls, and then defeating the 1979-80 European silver medalist, Bulgaria’s Ivan Yankov, on points, 6-1. Absaidov then threw Yugoslav Macedonian Šaban Sejdi in 7:45 to win the gold medal. Absaidov and Sejdi would again meet in the final of the 1981 World Championships, with Absaidov also winning that match and title. Yankov won the silver medal in Moskva by decisioning Sejdi in the final match, 6-2.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Saypulla Absaidov 22 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Ivan Yankov 29 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Šaban Sejdi 21 Yugoslavia YUG Bronze
4 Jagmander Singh 24 India IND
5 Eberhard Probst 25 East Germany GDR
6 Octavian Duşa 25 Romania ROU
7 Ali Hussain Faris Iraq IRQ
8 Pekka Rauhala 20 Finland FIN
AC Zevegiin Oidov 29 Mongolia MGL Withdrew r4/6 5,0
AC János Kocsis 29 Hungary HUN Eliminated r3/6 6,5
AC José Ramos 31 Cuba CUB Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Stanisław Chiliński 23 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Oscar Segers 19 Belgium BEL Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Zsigmond Kelevitz 26 Australia AUS Eliminated r2/6 7,0
AC Saïd Admane Algeria ALG Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Victor Koualaigue Cameroon CMR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Mazen Tuleimat 28 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/6 8,0
AC Nguyễn Ðình Chi 27 Vietnam VIE Eliminated r2/6 8,0