Blagoy Blagoev

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Blagoy Blagoev
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Blagoev in 2000
Personal information
Born4 December 1956 (1956-12-04) (age 65)
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Sport
SportWeightlifting
Medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Disqualified 1976 Montreal -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1980 Moscow -82.5 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1979 Saloniki -82.5 kg
Silver medal – second place 1980 Moscow -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Lille -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Moscow -90 kg
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1976 East Berlin -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1979 Varna -82.5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Lille -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Moscow -90 kg
Silver medal – second place 1984 Vittoria -90 kg
World Cup Winner
Gold medal – first place 1982 Halmstad -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Tokyo -90 kg
World Cup Final
Gold medal – first place 1981 Vienna -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Halmstad -90 kg
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 1982 Varna -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Varna -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1984 Varna -90 kg
Friendship Games
Silver medal – second place 1984 Varna -90 kg
Junior World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1975 Marseille -82,5 kg
Junior European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1975 Marseille -82,5 kg
Bulgarian Championships
Gold medal – first place 1979 Sofia -82,5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Vidin -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Varna -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 Varna -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1984 Varna -90 kg
Bulgarian Junior&Youth Championships
Gold medal – first place 1976 Dimitrovgrad -82,5 kg
Gold medal – first place 1974 Sevlievo -67,5 kg

Blagoy Blagoev (Bulgarian: Благой Благоев, born 4 December 1956) is a retired Bulgarian weightlifter. Between 1976 and 1984 he claimed seven gold and five silver medals at the Summer Olympics and World and European championships.[1] He set 18 world records. 13 of them were in the snatch. His last snatch world record was 195.5 kg in the 90 kg weight class, set on 1 May 1983 in Varna and remains the heaviest weight ever snatched by a middle heavyweight.

Blagoev was a two time Olympian. He represented his native country Bulgaria at the Summer Olympics in Montreal (1976) and in Moscow (1980). He won a silver Olympic medal in the light heavyweight 1980. Blagoy Blagoev competed in the 82.5 kg and 90 kg weight classes. He was a 3x World Champion (1981, 1982, 1983) in the middle heavyweight. He won 4 gold European medals – as a light heavyweight in 1979 and as a middle heavyweight in 1981-1983. Blagoev also won 3 consecutive World Cups in Varna, Bulgaria in 1982-1984 and 5 Bulgarian Championships (1979, 1981-1984).[2] He later coached the Australian Paralympic Powerlifting Team in the 1990s to early 2000s.[3]

Weightlifting achievements[edit]

  • Silver medalist in Olympic Games (1980);[4][5]
  • Senior World champion (1981,1982,1983);
  • Silver medalist World Championships 1979,1980
  • Weightlifter of the Year 1982 and 1983
  • World Cup Winner 1982 and 1983
  • Athlete of the year Bulgaria 1982
  • Athlete of the Balkans 1983
  • Senior European champion (1979, 1981, 1982 and 1983);
  • Silver medalist in Senior European Championships (1976 and 1984);
  • All-time senior world record holder in snatch (195.5 kg, competing at 90 kg);
  • Best Sinclair lift of all times 195.5 kg in the Snatch at 90 kg bodyweight.
  • Set 49 junior and senior ratified world records in 1975–1983.[5]
  • Master of Sports (Bulgaria) 1974
  • Honored Master of Sports (Bulgaria) 1979
  • Honored Coach (Bulgaria) 1987

Career bests[edit]

82.5 kg class:

  • Snatch 175 1979 Bulgaria, 1980 Moscow
  • Clean and Jerk 210 1979 Bulgaria
  • Total 385 1979 Bulgaria

90 kg class:

  • Snatch: 195.5 kg in 1983 in Varna
  • Clean and jerk: 228.5 kg in 1983 in Varna.
  • Total: 420.0 kg in 1983 in Varna.[5]
  • World Championships Best:

82.5 kg 175+197.5 Moscow 1980, 90 kg 190+227.5 Moscow 1983

  • European Championships Best-

82.5 kg 172.5+207.5 Varna 1979, 90 kg 190+227.5 Moscow 1983, 192.5+225 Vittorio, Spain.1984

  • World Cup Best

90 kg Halmstad 195+217.5 1982

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Blagoy Blagoev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Doping cases at Summer Games since 1968". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  3. ^ Annual Report 2002–2003. Australian Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ "Blagoi Blagoev". databaseolympics.com. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Blagoy Blagoev". Lift Up. Retrieved 29 January 2010.

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