Yanko Rusev

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Yanko Rusev
Yanko Rusev in 2014
Rusev in 2014
Born (1958-12-01) December 1, 1958 (age 58)
Ivanski, Shumen Province
Nationality Bulgarian
Occupation Weightlifter
Known for Olympic weightlifting
Olympic medal record
Representing  Bulgaria
Men's Weightlifting
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow 67.5 kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal – second place 1977 Stuttgart 60kg
Gold medal – first place 1978 Gettysburg 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1979 Saloniki 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1980 Moscow 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Lille 75kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana 75kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow 67.5kg
European Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal – second place 1977 Stuttgart 60kg
Gold medal – first place 1978 Havirov 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1979 Varna 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1980 Beograd 67.5kg
Gold medal – first place 1981 Lille 75kg
Gold medal – first place 1982 Ljubljana 75kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow 67.5kg

Yanko Rusev (Bulgarian: Янко Русев, born December 1, 1958) is a former Olympic weightlifter for Bulgaria.

In 1993 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was born on December 1, 1958 in Ivanski, Shumen. At 15, he attempted to enter the sport school "Olympian Hopes" (Bulgarian: Олимпийски Hадежди) in Sofia, but was turned down on the grounds that he was a "hopeless" weightlifter.

Training[edit]

Rusev first began training for soccer and wrestling. Afterwards, he took an interest in weightlifting. During his education at 19, Ivan Abadzhiev noticed him, and soon Rusev was wrestling in the world games at Stuttgart, and won a silver medal.

Weightlifting achievements[edit]

  • Olympic champion (1980 - 67,5 kg);
  • Five-time senior world champion (1978, 79 and 80 - 67,5 kg, 81 and 1982 – 75 kg);
  • Twice silver medalist in Senior World Championships (1977 – 60 kg and 1983 - 67,5 kg);
  • Five-time senior European champion (1978, 79, 80 - 67,5 kg 81 and 1982 75 kg);
  • Twice silver medalist in Senior European Championships (1977 – 60 kg and 1983 - 67,5 kg);
  • Set 28 world records during his career.

World Records by Yanko Rusev[edit]

  • 9/19/1977 Clean and Jerk 165 Featherweight Stuttgart
  • 7/18/1978 Clean and Jerk 179 Lightweight Athens
  • 10/5/1978 Clean and Jerk 180 Lightweight Gettysburg
  • 5/22/1979 Snatch 145 Lightweight Varna
  • 5/22/1979 Snatch 146 Lightweight Varna
  • 5/22/1979 Clean and Jerk 181.5 Lightweight Varna
  • 7/9/1979 Snatch 147 Lightweight Sofia
  • 7/9/1979 Clean and Jerk 185.5 Lightweight Sofia
  • 7/9/1979 Total (2) 325 Lightweight Sofia
  • 11/6/1979 Clean and Jerk 187.5 Lightweight Saloniki
  • 11/6/1979 Total (2) 332.5 Lightweight Saloniki
  • 2/1/1980 Snatch 147.5 Lightweight Varna
  • 2/1/1980 Clean and Jerk 188 Lightweight Varna
  • 2/1/1980 Total (2) 335 Lightweight Varna
  • 4/28/1980 Snatch 148 Lightweight Beograd
  • 4/28/1980 Clean and Jerk 190 Lightweight Beograd
  • 4/28/1980 Total (2) 337.5 Lightweight Beograd
  • 7/23/1980 Clean and Jerk 195 Lightweight Moscow
  • 7/23/1980 Total (2) 342.5 Lightweight Moscow
  • 9/16/1981 Clean and Jerk 206 Middleweight Lille
  • 4/8/1982 Clean and Jerk 206.5 Middleweight Varna
  • 9/2/1982 Total (2) 365 Middleweight Ljubljana
  • 9/22/1982 Clean and Jerk 208 Middleweight Ljubljana
  • 9/22/1982 Clean and Jerk 209 Middleweight Ljubljana
  • 9/22/1982 Total (2) 362.5 Middleweight Ljubljana

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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