Galabin Boevski

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Galabin Boevski
Personal information
Full nameGalabin Pepov Boevski
Born19 December 1974 (1974-12-19) (age 48)
Knezha, Bulgaria
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight69 kg (152 lb)
Country Bulgaria
Coached byIvan Abadjiev
Medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney – 69 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Athens – 69 kg
Gold medal – first place 2001 Antalya – 69 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 La Coruña – 69 kg
Gold medal – first place 2002 Antalya – 69 kg
Gold medal – first place 2003 Loutraki – 69 kg

Galabin Boevski (Bulgarian: Гълъбин Боевски, born 19 December 1974) is a Bulgarian weightlifter. He was born in Knezha, and was both world and Olympic champion. He was later suspended for eight years after failing drug tests.

Boevski was sentenced to nine years and four months in prison in Brazil for cocaine trafficking. He was arrested in October 2011 while trying to board a plane in São Paulo, Brazil, to Europe with 9 kilos of cocaine.[1] In October 2012, the appellate court of Brazil decided against reducing his sentence.[2] On 23 October 2013, he returned to Bulgaria. Asked how, he did not comment. The Bulgarian government stated that the release was a unilateral act by Brazil and they do not know of any details.[3]

Weightlifting career[edit]

Boevski became world champion in the lightweight class in 1999, and was also European champion this year. At the 2000 Summer Olympics he won the gold medal in the lightweight class.[4][5]

He became world champion for the second time in 2001, and European champion in 2002 and in 2003.

Boevski set six senior world records in the 69 kg class during his career. His total world record of 357.5 kg (set at the 1999 World Championships) was not broken until 2013 by a total of 358 kg by Liao Hui.

Suspension for failing drug test[edit]

In 2004, Boevski was suspended for eight years for failing a second drug test.[6]

Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean and jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 69 kg 155.0 160.0 162.5 2 185.0 190.0 196.5 WR 1 357.5 1st place, gold medalist(s)
World Championships
1998 Finland Lahti, Finland 69 kg 152.5 157.5 157.5 5 185.0 190.0 190.0 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 337.5 4
1999 Greece Athens, Greece 69 kg 155.0 160.5 WR 162.5 WR 1st place, gold medalist(s) 185.0 190.0 196.0 WR 1st place, gold medalist(s) 357.5 WR 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2001 Turkey Antalya, Turkey 69 kg 150.0 155.0 157.5 6 180.0 187.5 190.0 1st place, gold medalist(s) 340.0 1st place, gold medalist(s)
2002 Poland Warsaw, Poland 69 kg 150.0 150.0 155.0 6 187.5 187.5 187.5 - - -

Drug trafficking conviction[edit]

Boevski was arrested in October 2011, for possession of 9 kg of cocaine at the Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo, Brazil, on his way back from a tennis tournament for his daughter, Sara.[7] He was, allegedly recruited as a mule to smuggle illegal drugs from Brazil to Western Europe. The drug was found hidden in special secret compartments inside his suitcase.[8]

In May 2012, Boevski was sentenced to 9 years and 4 months in prison by the Federal Court in Brazil. Until the end of his trial, Boevski maintained his position that he is absolutely innocent and is not a mule or a drug trafficker. He supposed that he might have picked up the wrong suitcases intended for someone else.[9] A little over a year later, in October 2013, Boevski surprisingly landed at Sofia's airport as a free man. The Bulgarian authorities had not been informed of his release and had no comment.[10] Subsequently, it was made clear that Boevski was expulsed from prison following a usual Brazilian procedure for expulsion of foreign prisoners.[11]

The Bulgarian authorities were criticized for the lack of coordination and communication with their Brazilian counterparts - mainly for not indicting Boevski in Bulgaria[12] and for not knowing of his Brazilian expulsion.[13]

The White Prisoner[edit]

On December 21, 2013, Trud published a biography on Boevski's life entitled The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski's Secret Story (Bulgarian: Белият затворник. Тайната история на Гълъбин Боевски).[14] The book was written by Ognian Georgiev, a sports editor for the daily newspaper Bulgaria Today. The book spans Boevski's entire career as well as his cocaine conviction and release. The English version was published on 30 May 2014 as print and e-book.[15][16][17][18]


Bulgarian Sportsperson of the Year - 1999


  1. ^ Topsport, ed. (14 December 2011). "Боевски остава в ареста, чул е обвинението по видео". Топспорт.бг. Retrieved 24 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Присъдата на Боевски остава непроменена". 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2013-10-26.
  3. ^ "The Mysterious Boevski". Sofia News Agency. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  4. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Galabin Boevski". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists - Weightlifting". Retrieved 31 December 2007.
  6. ^ John Esterbrook (19 August 2004). "5 Olympians Suspended For Drugs. Weightlifters From Five Countries Flunked Pre-Competition Tests". CBS News. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 20 January 2009.
  7. ^ "Съдът в Бразилия даде девет години затвор на Гълъбин Боевски".
  8. ^ "Brazil Jailed Bulgarian Champ".
  9. ^ "Brazil Jailed Bulgarian Champ".
  10. ^ "Гълъбин Боевски изненадващо се прибра в България".
  11. ^ "МВнР: Боевски е експулсиран по обичайна бразилска процедура".
  12. ^ "У нас не е образувано паралелно".
  13. ^ "Странности около случая Гълъбин Боевски".
  14. ^ "Шокиращата тайна на Гълъбин Боевски разкрита!". Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Книга за Боевски разказва как е успял да излезе от затвора в Бразилия". DNEvnik. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Тайни за Боевски лъснаха в книга". 24 Chasa. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Weightlifting, and the many turns of fate". Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.
  18. ^ "Controversial life of Galabin Boevski unveiled in a book". iwrp. Retrieved 30 May 2014.

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