Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 22, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 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.
In 1976 Bulgaria’s [Aleksandar Tomov] had been heavily favored but lost the gold medal to Soviet [Oleksandr Kolchynskiy]. By 1980 Tomov was not as dominant as he had been in 1973-76, but he had won the 1979 World and European Championships, with Kolchynskiy winning Worlds in 1978 and the World Cup in 1980. They made the final round, both with 0.0 bad points, where they faced Lebanon’s [Hassan Bechara]. Tomov had already thrown Bechara in round four and Kolchynskiy defeated him by fall in the finals. Tomov and Kolchynskiy then met for the gold medal, with Kolchynskiy defending his Olympic title on a 4-2 decision. This was the third consecutive silver medal in this class for Tomov. Bechara had also competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, but without placing.
|1||Oleksandr Kolchynskiy||25||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|AC||Antonio La Penna||19||Italy||ITA||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|
|AC||Jawdat Jabra||31||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/5||8,0|