W.A.K.O. European Championships 1980

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W.A.K.O. European Championships 1980
A poster or logo for W.A.K.O. European Championships 1980.
Information
Promotion W.A.K.O.
Date 1980
Venue Wembley Centre
City United Kingdom London, England, UK
Event chronology
W.A.K.O. World Championships 1979 W.A.K.O. European Championships 1980 W.A.K.O. World Championships 1981

W.A.K.O. European Championships 1980 were the fourth European kickboxing championships hosted by the W.A.K.O. organization. The championships were open to amateur men based in Europe and for the first time ever (in European championships), each country had one competitor only per weight division. The styles on offer were Full-Contact and Semi-Contact. By the end of the championships, West Germany had the largest haul of medals, with host nation Great Britain in second, and Italy in third place. The event was held at the Wembley Centre in London, England, UK.[1]

Men's Full-Contact Kickboxing[edit]

The Full-Contact category in London had seven weight divisions ranging from 57 kg/125.4 lbs to over 84 kg/+184.8 lbs, with all bouts fought under Full-Contact rules. More detail on Full-Contact's rules-set can be found at the W.A.K.O. website, although be aware that the rules have changed since 1980.[2] The medal winners of each division are shown below with future K-1 world champion Branko Cikatić winning his second W.A.K.O. European championships, as did West German fighter Klaus Friedhaber. By the end of the championships, West Germany were the strongest nation in Full-Contact with two golds, narrowly fending off hosts Great Britain who won one gold, three silvers and one bronze.[3]

Men's Full-Contact Kickboxing Medals Table[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-57 kg Michael Kuhr West Germany Howard Brown United Kingdom Lloyd Wales
-63 kg Klaus Friedhaber West Germany Godfrey Butler United Kingdom Broom Wales
-69 kg Sandry Ravessoud Switzerland Sølv Sunde Norway Van Duin Netherlands
-74 kg Erling Havnå Norway Wilson United Kingdom Ruedisnehli Switzerland
-79 kg Branko Cikatić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia David Netherlands Dev Barrett United Kingdom
-84 kg Partipilo Italy Spika Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Heinz Oberhummer Austria
+84 kg Commack United Kingdom Pusnik Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Harold Ehmann Austria

Men's Semi-Contact Kickboxing[edit]

The Semi-Contact category differed from Full-Contact in that fights were won on points given to superior skill, speed and technique and physical force was limited - more information on Semi-Contact can be found on the W.A.K.O. website, although the rules will have changed since 1980.[4] There were seven weight divisions in Semi-Contact in London, ranging from 57 kg/125.4 lbs to over 84 kg/+184.8 lbs. By the end of the championships, West Germany were the most successful nation in Semi-Contact, winning three gold medals and two bronze.[5]

Men's Semi-Contact Kickboxing Medals Table[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
-57 kg Christian Wulf West Germany Alessandro Ortelli Italy Coughlan United Kingdom
-63 kg Patrick Scantlebury United Kingdom Kessels Belgium Gerathy Republic of Ireland
-69 kg Andreas Brannasch West Germany Prelog Austria De Koning Netherlands
-74 kg Federico Milani Italy Kropf Switzerland De Koning Netherlands
-79 kg Ivan Wray United Kingdom Maurizio Facchinetti Italy Ludger Dietz West Germany
-84 kg Harald Edel West Germany Streicher Austria Walter Meneghini Italy
+84 kg Ansberger Austria Urich Falk Switzerland Rudiger Malzahn West Germany

Overall Medals Standing (Top 5)[edit]

Ranking Country Gold Gold Silver Silver Bronze Bronze
1 West Germany West Germany 5 0 2
2 United Kingdom Great Britain 3 3 2
3 Italy Italy 2 2 1
4 Austria Austria 1 2 1
4 Switzerland Switzerland 1 2 1
5 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1 2 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "4th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  2. ^ "WAKO Full contact Rules". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  3. ^ "4th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Full-Contact)". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Semi-Contact Rules". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  5. ^ "4th WAKO EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS (Semi-Contact)". www.wakoweb.com. Retrieved 2011-03-31. 

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