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Ivan Abadzhiev

Full name: Ivan Nikolov Abadzhiev
Original name: Иван Николов Абаджиев
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4.5 (164 cm)
Weight: 67-75 kg
Born: February 12, 1932 in Novi Pazar, Shumen, Bulgaria
Died: March 24, 2017 in Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Ivan Abadzhiev competed in weightlifting at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. In 1957 he became the first Bulgarian to win a World Championship medal, when he took silver in the lightweight class in Teheran. Abadzhiev is best known for his later career as a coach, and he is considered responsible for turning Bulgaria into one of the world’s top weightlifting powers. He coached athletes that won 10 Olympic, 57 World and 64 European titles between 1968-2000, but he was also the Bulgarian national coach when that nation produced multiple doping positives. Abadzhiev also worked in government and later coached the Turkish national team in the 1990s, before eventually moving to the United States to coach.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Bulgaria BUL 7
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Men's Middleweight Bulgaria BUL 12

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 7 357.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press 15T 102.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #1 AC 102.5 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #2 AC 107.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #3 AC 107.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch 2 117.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #1 AC 110.0 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #2 AC 115.0 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #3 AC 117.5 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk 6T 137.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 132.5 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 137.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 137.5 o

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 12 370.0
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press 17 107.5
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #1 AC 107.5 x
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #2 AC 107.5 x
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Military Press Lift #3 AC 107.5 o
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch 3 122.5
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #1 AC 115.0 o
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #2 AC 120.0 o
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #3 AC 122.5 o
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk 12T 140.0
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 140.0 o
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 147.5 x
1960 Summer 28 Roma Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 147.5 x
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