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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


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