Boyan Radev

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Boyan Radev
Personal information
Birth name Boyan Radev Aleksandrov Bulgarian: Боян Радев
Nationality Bulgaria
Born (1942-02-25) February 25, 1942 (age 75)
Morshino (now Pernik)
Weight 87–97 kg (192–214 lb)
Sport Wrestling
Style Greco-Roman
Club Levski Spartak

Boyan Radev (Bulgarian: Боян Радев; born February 25, 1942 in Moshino, Pernik) is a former Greco Roman wrestler from Bulgaria. He was the first Bulgarian two-time Olympic Games champion (1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico) and one-time world champion. Boyan Radev is also a well-known art collector and artist sponsor.

Professional Wrestling[edit]

Boyan Radev wrestled for Minyor Pernik, Orlin Pirdop, CSKA Sofia and Spartak Sofia.

Radev is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1964 and 1968) and a 1966 world champion. He has also silver medals at the 1962 and 1967 World Cups as well as the 1968 European Championships.[1][2]


Radev has been awarded Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year in 1964, 1967, and 1968. He has been given the title Merited Master of Sport of Bulgaria.

Inducted in the United World Wrestling Greco-Roman Hall of Fame in 2009[3]

Awarded Pierre de Coubertin medal in 2009.[4]

Elected Levski Sofia Sportsman of 20th Century.[5]

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Committee for State Security[edit]

Radev ends his wrestling career shortly after the merger of Spartak Sofia and Levski Sofia in 1971. Thereafter, he works for the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Bulgaria. He has worked for the Bulgarian Committee for State Security since 1964.[6] Radev is a colonel at the time of his retirement.[7]

Art Collection[edit]

As Radev said himself, he became a vivid art collector after he was gifted a painting by the artist Stoyan Illiev.[8] Since then, Radev has become a well-known art collector, philanthropist and donor in Bulgaria.[9]

Radev has donated all of his wrestling medals as well as his Madara (Bulgarian State Order) and Peter the Great (Russian State Order) to the National Historical Museum (Bulgaria) – making him the number one donor to the museum.[10]


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