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Nikola Stanchev

Full name: Nikola Nikolov Stanchev
Original name: Никола Николов Станчев
Gender: Male
Born: September 11, 1930 in Tvarditsa, Sliven, Bulgaria
Died: July 13, 2009 in Burgas, Burgas, Bulgaria
Affiliations: DCO Uroshai Burgas
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

At the Melbourne Olympics, Nikola Stanchev became Bulgaria's first Olympic champion, for which he was later called the "Yuri Gagarin of Bulgarian sports". Stanchev hailed from the isolated village of Tvarditsa, and he was said to be the first villager to leave for the capital Sofia. Apart from his Olympic title, his international results were modest. In 1959, he won gold at the Balkan Games, and he placed 4th at the 1957 World Championships. Also was an 11-time, eight times in freestyle, and three in Greco-Roman. Ending his career before the Rome Olympics, he became assistant-coach for the Bulgarian national wrestling team for a few years.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle Bulgaria BUL 1 Gold

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 1 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Five 1T 1956-12-01 4
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Five Match #2 1 1956-12-01 Stanchev (BUL) fall (11:00), Hodge (USA) 0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Four 3T 1956-12-01 4
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Four Match #3 1 1956-12-01 Stanchev (BUL) fall (14:50), Lindblad (SWE) 0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Three 6T 1956-11-30 4
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Three Match #5 1 1956-11-30 Stanchev (BUL) fall (4:23), Sterr (GER) 0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two 8T 1956-11-29 4
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round Two Match #7 2 1956-11-29 Katsuramoto (JPN) fall (12:00), Stanchev (BUL) 3
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One 5T 1956-11-28 1
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Bulgaria BUL Round One Match #6 1 1956-11-28 Stanchev (BUL) decision (3-0), Skhirt'ladze (URS) 1
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