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Boxing at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Indoor Stadium, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: August 2, 1980
Format: Single elimination tournament.

Gold: CUB José Gómez
Silver: URS Viktor Savchenko
Bronze: POL Jerzy Rybicki
ROU Valentin Silaghi


By the start of 1980 [José Gómez] seems a racing certainty to be Olympic champion. He held the world and Pan American titles and had excelled at the USA-Cuba duals over the past two years. A few months before the Olympic Games began he faced the possibility that he would not even travel to Moscow after he suffered injuries in a car accident. He had partially recovered by the time the Games began but not was his usual self in the early rounds. He narrowly avoided being eliminated in his first bout then had to recover from a standing count in his next bout. By the quarter-finals he was beginning to look like the fighter he had been in 1979 and his improvement continued up to, and including, the final against the Soviet Union's [Viktor Savchenko]. Gómez knocked his Soviet opponent to the floor on two occasions to win the fight clearly on the scorecards of four judges. The fifth, an Algerian, inexplicably scored the fight for the Soviet fighter.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 José Gómez 21 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Viktor Savchenko 27 Soviet Union URS Silver
3T Valentin Silaghi 23 Romania ROU Bronze
3T Jerzy Rybicki 27 Poland POL Bronze
5T Jang Bong-Mun 25 North Korea PRK
5T Peter Odhiambo 22 Uganda UGA
5T Manfred Trauten 22 East Germany GDR
5T Mark Kaylor 19 Great Britain GBR
9T Tarmo Uusivirta 23 Finland FIN
9T John Martins 29 Nigeria NGR
9T Robert Pfitscher 25 Austria AUT
9T Christer Corpi 20 Sweden SWE
9T Alfred Thomas 30 Guyana GUY
9T Carlos Fonseca 24 Brazil BRA
9T Jesús Cabeza 20 Venezuela VEN
9T Enock Chama Zambia ZAM
17T Damir Å karo 20 Yugoslavia YUG
17T Étienne Loco Gbodolle 26 Benin BEN
17T Kostadin Folev 25 Bulgaria BUL