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.
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.
|1||Soslan Andiyev||28||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|4||Roland Gehrke||26||East Germany||GDR|
|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|