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Velichko Cholakov

Full name: Velichko Cholakov
Other name(s): Величко Чолаков, Veliçko Çolakov
Gender: Male
Height: 6-8.5 (205 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: January 12, 1982 in Smolyan, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Died: August 20, 2017 in Smolyan, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Affiliations: Rodopa Smolyan, Smolyan (BUL)
Country: BUL Bulgaria
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

A huge lifter at 2.05 m tall, Velichko Cholakov won a bronze medal as a super-heavyweight at the 2004 Athina Olympics. That year he also won the European title, coming back in 2006 to take second at the Europeans. Cholakov won a silver medal at the 2003 World Championships. In 2002 he was World and European Youth Champion.

In 2008 Cholakov had a positive steroid test in an out-of-competition test, along with several other Bulgarians, which caused Bulgaria to withdraw its weightlifting team from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Cholakov later coached young weightlifters in his native Smolyan. He continued to compete and tried to make the 2012 Olympics, but had heart problems, which eventually caused his early death.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight Bulgaria BUL 3 Bronze

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Final Standings 3 447.5
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch 2 207.5
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #1 AC 200.0 o
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #2 AC 205.0 o
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Snatch Lift #3 AC 207.5 o
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk 4T 240.0
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 240.0 o
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 245.0 x
2004 Summer 22 Athina Weightlifting Bulgaria BUL Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 245.0 x
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