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Wrestling at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Athletics Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 22, 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.

Gold: HUN Norbert Növényi
Silver: URS Igor Kanygin
Bronze: ROU Petre Dicu


Sweden’s [Frank Andersson] came in as the favorite, having won the 1979 World Championship and the 1978-79 Europeans. He won his first three matches but then lost on a close decision to Soviet [Ivan Kanygin], the 1980 European Champion. Andersson then lost again to Romania’s [Petre Dicu], again losing narrowly on points, 3-2, and was eliminated. Dicu and Kanygin made the final round along with Hungarian [Norbert Növényi]. Kanygin had already faced both finalists, defeating Dicu on a passivity charge, but losing to Növényi, 7-6, in round five. Növényi then faced Dicu, winning by a 4-1 decision to secure the gold medal, with Kanygin taking silver and Dicu bronze. Andersson placed fourth, after finishing fifth in 1976. He would continue to win international meets, including the 1981 Europeans and 1982 Worlds, and improved to a bronze medal in 1984 at Los Angeles. Kanygin was World Champion in 1981 and 1983 but could not compete at the 1984 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal RE BP
1 Norbert Növényi 23 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Igor Kanygin 24 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Petre Dicu 26 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Frank Andersson 24 Sweden SWE
5 Thomas Horschel 19 East Germany GDR
6 José Poll 29 Cuba CUB
7 Christophe Andanson 23 France FRA
8 Georgios Pozidis 24 Greece GRE
AC Stoyan Nikolov 31 Bulgaria BUL Eliminated r3/6 7,0
AC Franz Pitschmann 25 Austria AUT Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Czesław Kwieciński 37 Poland POL Eliminated r3/6 8,0
AC Keijo Manni 29 Finland FIN Eliminated r3/6 9,0
AC Darko Nišavić 28 Yugoslavia YUG Eliminated r2/6 6,0
AC Jamtsyn Bor 22 Mongolia MGL Eliminated r2/6 7,5
AC Atef Mahayri 28 Syria SYR Eliminated r2/6 8,0