Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 29, 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.
[Vladimir Yumin] had won the last three World Championships but was not selected for the Soviet team, as they instead chose 1980 European Champion [Magomedgasan Abushev]. Abushev made the final round along with Bulgarian [Mikho Dukov], who he had already defeated on points in round four, and Greek wrestler [Georgios Khatziioannidis]. Abushev then overhelmed Katziioannidis in the final, winning a decision, 14-3, to take the gold medal. Dukov, the 1979 World silver medalist and 1978-79 European Champion, threw Khatzi in 2:04 to take the silver medal. Dukov had placed fourth at the 1976 Olympics as a bantamweight. This was the only major podium placement of Khatziioannidis’s career.
|1||Magomedgasan Abushev||20||Soviet Union||URS||Gold|
|7||Brian Aspen||21||Great Britain||GBR|
|AC||Jan Szymański||20||Poland||POL||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Phí Hữu Tình||19||Vietnam||VIE||Eliminated r3/6||8,0|
|AC||Victor Kede Manga||27||Cameroon||CMR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Augustine Atasie||22||Nigeria||NGR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|
|AC||Adnan Kudmani||23||Syria||SYR||Eliminated r2/6||8,0|