Miroslav Gochev

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Miroslav Gochev
Personal information
Full name Miroslav Angelov Gochev
Nationality  Bulgaria
Born (1973-04-09) 9 April 1973 (age 44)
Burgas, Bulgaria
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Sport Wrestling
Style Freestyle
Club Slavia Litex
Coach Miho Dukov

Miroslav Angelov Gochev (Bulgarian: Мирослав Ангелов Гочев; born April 9, 1973 in Burgas) is a retired amateur Bulgarian freestyle wrestler, who competed in the men's light heavyweight category.[1] Gochev has claimed a bronze medal in the 76-kg division at the 1997 World Wrestling Championships in Wrocław, Poland, picked up a silver at the 2001 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and later represented his nation Bulgaria at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[2] Throughout his sporting career, Gochev trained full time as a member of the wrestling squad for Slavia Litex Sports Club in Sofia under his personal coach Miho Dukov.

Gochev qualified for the Bulgarian squad, as a 31-year-old veteran, in the men's 84 kg class at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by receiving an allocated berth from the International Federation of Associated Wrestling (FILA).[3] Facing against two Olympic medalists from Sydney four years earlier, Gochev opened an astonishing 4–2 victory over Macedonia's Mogamed Ibragimov, but could not push South Korean wrestler Moon Eui-Jae off the mat, and suffered a defeat by a 5–9 score at the end of the round-robin. Finishing second in the prelim pool and twelfth overall, Gochev's performance was not enough to advance him to the quarterfinals.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Miroslav Gochev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Abbott, Gary (30 August 1997). "Kolat wins silver medal at Freestyle World Championships in Russia". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 
  3. ^ Abbott, Gary (18 July 2004). "Olympic Games preview at 84 kg/185 lbs. in men's freestyle". USA Wrestling. The Mat. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wrestling: Men's Freestyle 84kg". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Катастрофа за борците" [Disaster for wrestlers] (in Bulgarian). Standart. 29 August 2004. Retrieved 22 June 2014. 

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