Nedelcho Kolev

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Olympic medal record
Men's Weightlifting
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1980 Moscow -75 kg

Nedelcho Lazarov Kolev (Bulgarian: Неделчо Лазаров Колев, born 26 March 1953 in Kableshkovo[disambiguation needed]) is a Bulgarian Olympic, European and World Weightlifting Champion. Best known for his success at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and for his 6 gold medals from world championships in Manila and Havana, Cuba. He is noted a great manager, and has worked as chief coach for the national teams of Bulgaria, Bahrain, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

Kolev is the father of singer Ruth Koleva.

Currently Nedeltcho Kolev is the president of the Bulgarian weightlifting federati[1] on.


  1. ^ On the 20th of May 2011, President Nedelcho Kolev accompanied by General Secretary Borislav Gidikov and International Director Sevdalin Marinov made an official visit to the IWF headquarters in Budapest, Hungary in order to formalize the cooperation between the Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation and the IWF lead by its ...May 20, 2011