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 repÃªchage pools, with the winners of the repÃªchage pools earning bronze medals.
|Bronze:|| Aleksandrs JackÄviÄs
The two leading contenders were [Detlef Ultsch] (GDR), the 1979 World Champion, and [Aleksandrs JackÄviÄs] from Latvia and the USSR. But Ultsch was defeated in his pool by Cubaâs [Isaac Azcuy]. In the pool finals JackÄviÄs faced the Swiss [JÃ¼rg RÃ¶thlisberger], who scored first with koka and avoided being thrown to hold on for the win. In the other pool, Azcuy was too much for Brazilâs [Walter Carmona]. Ultsch and JackÄviÄs went thru the repÃªchages with no difficulty and won bronze medals. In the final, RÃ¶thlisberger 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 RÃ¶thlisberger answered with harai-goshi for yuko and won the gold medal. It was his second consecutive medal, having won bronze at half-heavyweight in MontrÃ©al.
|3T||Aleksandrs JackÄviÄs||22||Soviet Union||URS||Bronze|
|3T||Detlef Ultsch||24||East Germany||GDR||Bronze|
|7T||Peter Donnelly||29||Great Britain||GBR|
|13T||JosÃ© Antonio Cechini||24||Spain||ESP|
|13T||Franch Casadei||21||San Marino||SMR|
|13T||Pak Jong-Chol||19||North Korea||PRK|