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Judo at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Palace of Sports, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 28, 1980
Format: Two single-elimination pools, with winner of each pool advanced to the final. All judoka losing to the winner of each pool advanced to repêchage pools, with the winners of the repêchage pools earning bronze medals.

Gold: SUI Jürg Röthlisberger
Silver: CUB Isaac Azcuy
Bronze: URS Aleksandrs Jackēvičs
GDR Detlef Ultsch


The two leading contenders were [Detlef Ultsch] (GDR), the 1979 World Champion, and [Aleksandrs Jackēvičs] from Latvia and the USSR. But Ultsch was defeated in his pool by Cuba’s [Isaac Azcuy]. In the pool finals Jackēvičs faced the Swiss [Jürg Röthlisberger], who scored first with koka and avoided being thrown to hold on for the win. In the other pool, Azcuy was too much for Brazil’s [Walter Carmona]. Ultsch and Jackēvičs went thru the repêchages with no difficulty and won bronze medals. In the final, Röthlisberger was immediately drawn into controversy about the size of his jacket. He was asked to change it but the referee then ruled that the second jacket was also not acceptable, so he went back to the first jacket, which was now allowed. Azcuy started the match quickly with three kokas using sode-tsuri-komi-goshi. But Röthlisberger answered with harai-goshi for yuko and won the gold medal. It was his second consecutive medal, having won bronze at half-heavyweight in Montréal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jürg Röthlisberger 25 Switzerland SUI Gold
2 Isaac Azcuy 27 Cuba CUB Silver
3T Aleksandrs Jackēvičs 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze
3T Detlef Ultsch 24 East Germany GDR Bronze
5T Wálter Carmona 23 Brazil BRA
5T Bertil Ström 27 Sweden SWE
7T Peter Donnelly 29 Great Britain GBR
7T Henri-Richard Lobe 35 Cameroon CMR
9 Donald Mukahatesho Zambia ZAM
10T Slavko Obadov 32 Yugoslavia YUG
10T Kostas Papakostas 31 Cyprus CYP
10T Mihalache Toma 24 Romania ROU
13T Krzysztof Kurczyna 19 Poland POL
13T José Antonio Cechini 24 Spain ESP
13T Franch Casadei 21 San Marino SMR
13T Milton Estrella 25 Ecuador ECU
13T Akilong Diabone Senegal SEN
13T Pak Jong-Chol 19 North Korea PRK
19T Dambajavyn Tsend–Ayuush 28 Mongolia MGL
19T Endre Kiss 32 Hungary HUN
19T Mark Carew 25 Australia AUS
19T Mahmoud Saad 22 Syria SYR
19T Michel Sanchis 28 France FRA
19T Peter Seisenbacher 20 Austria AUT
19T Ibrahim Muzaffer 27 Kuwait KUW