Angel Genchev

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Angel Angelov Genchev (Bulgarian: Ангел Ангелов Генчев) is a Bulgarian weightlifter who competed for Bulgaria. He claimed the gold medal in weightlifting at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's 67.5 kg but was disqualified after he tested positive for furosemide, an IOC banned substance. It became a scandal because earlier in the meet fellow Bulgarian weightlifter Mitko Grablev had also been disqualified, after claiming a gold medal in his division, when his drug test came back positive, also for furosemide. The Bulgarian weightlifting team was forced to withdraw midway through the Weightlifting competition.[3][4][5][6] Of six athletes known to have lifted more than triple their bodyweight, Genchev's 202.5 kg world record was the heaviest ever performed in competition.[7] Genchev is a European champion in the 75 kg category from Cardiff in 1988. He was also a bronze medalist at the 1994 World Championships in Istanbul. He won the European Cup in 1987 from the tournament in Miskolc, Hungary, with the team of Bulgaria. There he set a world record in snatch - 170 kg. Angel is a four-time World and European junior champion.

Angel Genchev
Personal information
BornJanuary 31, 1967 (1967-01-31) (age 54)
Targovishte, Bulgaria[1]

Genchev served some time in prison for shooting at a cab driver in Bulgaria in 2001.[8]

Genchev competed in the 2017 World Masters games in Auckland, New Zealand and won Gold in the M77kg division for the 50-54years age group. He snatched 95 kg and Clean and jerked 120 kg.[9]

Genchev competed in the 2017 European Masters Championships in Halmstad, Sweden, snatching 105 kg and Clean and Jerking 132 kg to win his division.[10]

Genchev competed in the 2018 European Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary, snatching 90kg and Clean and Jerking 112 kg to win his division. [11]

Genchev competed in the 2018 World Masters Championships in Barcelona, Spain, snatching 96kg and Clean and Jerking 122 kg to win his division. [12]


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  3. ^ "HE SEOUL OLYMPICS: Weight Lifting; Team Lifted After 2d Drug Test Is Failed". The New York Times. 24 September 1998. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
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  5. ^ "THE SEOUL GAMES / DAY 8 : Bulgaria's Weightlifting Team Withdraws After Drug Suspensions". Los Angeles Times. 24 September 1988. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  6. ^ "2ND WEIGHTLIFTER BANNED, BULGARIA PULLS TEAM". The Washington Post. 24 September 1988. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Articles at Lift Up: Who in the World Has Ever Lifted Three Times Their Body Weight".
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