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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight, 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 Soslan Andiyev
Silver: HUN József Balla
Bronze: POL Adam Sandurski
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At the 1976 Olympics, Soviet Soslan Andiyev had defeated Hungarian József Balla to win the gold medal. Andiyev was again favored, having won the Worlds in 1977-78. The 1979 World Champion was his teammate, Salman Khasimikov, but he was not chosen to compete in Moskva. Andiyev and Balla again made the final round, joined by Poland’s Adam Sandurski. Andiyev and Balla had already met in round three, with Andiyev winning on disqualification in 4:55. Andiyev then defended his gold medal by decisioning Sandurski, 6-3, in the first match of the final. Balla repeated as silver medalist when he defeated Sandurski on criteria, after tying 6-6.

Khasimikov would win the World Championships in 1981-83 but never got to compete at the Olympics because of the Soviet boycott in 1984. He later became the first Soviet to become a professional wrestler, wrestling mostly in Japan, and won the IWGP Heavyweight Professional title in 1989.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Soslan Andiyev 28 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 József Balla 24 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Adam Sandurski 27 Poland POL Bronze
4 Roland Gehrke 26 East Germany GDR
5 Andrei Ianko 21 Romania ROU
6 Mamadou Sakho 29 Senegal SEN
7 Petar Ivanov 21 Bulgaria BUL
8 Arturo Díaz 26 Cuba CUB
AC Miguel Zambrano 28 Peru PER Eliminated r3/5 9,0
AC Matthew Clempner 24 Great Britain GBR Eliminated r2/5 7,0
AC Odnoin Bakhyt 26 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/5 7,5
AC Youssef Diba 31 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/5 8,0