Enyu Valchev

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Enyu Valchev
Enyu Valchev (center) at the 1964 Olympics
Personal information
Born4 January 1936
Polski Gradec, Stara Zagora Province, Bulgaria
Died15 February 2014 (aged 78)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight67 kg (148 lb)
SportFreestyle wrestling
ClubArmy Sport Club, Sofia,
Minor Dimitrovgrad,
Medal record
Men's freestyle wrestling
Representing  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1960 Rome Lightweight
Gold medal – first place 1964 Tokyo Lightweight
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico Lightweight
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1959 Tehran 67 kg
Gold medal – first place 1962 Toledo 70 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1967 New Delhi 70 kg
Silver medal – second place 1969 Mar del Plata 68 kg
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 1958 Sofia 57 kg

Enyu Valchev Dimov (Bulgarian: Еню Вълчев Димов; 4 January 1936 – 15 February 2014) was a lightweight freestyle wrestler from Bulgaria. He competed at the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympics and won a bronze, gold and silver medal, respectively. At the World championships, he won gold in 1962, silvers in 1959 and 1969 and bronze in 1967, while finishing fourth in 1965, fifth in 1966 and sixth in 1963. At the European Championships Valchev won gold medals in 1968 and 1969 and a bronze in 1967.[1][2][3] In 1962 Valchev was selected as Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year.

After finishing his wrestling career, Valchev worked as a coach, and was the head coach of the Bulgarian junior team until his retirement in 1990. In 2005 he was elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame.[2]


  1. ^ "Еньо Вълчев – Първият българин с трите най-големи титли" (in Bulgarian). Dneven Trud. 15 February 2014. Archived from the original on 17 February 2014. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Enyu Valchev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
  3. ^ Valchev-Dimov, Eniu (BUL) Archived 12 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine. iat.uni-leipzig.de