Asen Zlatev

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Asen Zlatev
Medal record
Representing the  Bulgaria
Men's weightlifting
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow -75 kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow -75 kg
Silver medal – second place 1981 Lille -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1985 Södertälje -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1986 Sofia -82.5 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1987 Ostrava -82.5 kg
European Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal – first place 1980 Beograd -75 kg
Silver medal – second place 1981 Lille -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1984 Vittorio -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1985 Katowice -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1986 Karl-Marx-Stadt -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1987 Reims -82.5 kg

Asen Zlatev (Bulgarian: Асен Златев; born May 23, 1960) is a former Bulgarian weightlifter.

He became Olympic champion in 1980 in the middleweight class.[1][2]

Zlatev was originally intended to represent Bulgaria at the 1988 Olympic Games in the Light Heavyweight (82,5 kg) category.[3] Two of his teammates who had won gold medals in their weight classes tested positive for banned substances, and the Buglarian weightlifting federation pulled the rest of the team out of the competition the day before Zlatev was scheduled to compete.[3] Mitko Grablev (56 kg) & Angel Guenchev (67.5 kg) were both disqualified after they tested positive for Furosemide.[4] At the time, Zlatev was a three-time World champion and five-time European champion, and a heavy favorite for the gold medal.[3]

Career bests[edit]

  • Snatch: 183.0 kg 1986 in Melbourne in the 82.5 kg class.
  • Clean and jerk: 225.0 kg 1986 in Sofia in the 82.5 kg class.
  • Total: 405.0 kg (180.0+225.0) 1986 in Sofia in the 82.5 kg class.[5]

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