Ivan Chakarov

Ivan Chakarov (Bulgarian: Иван Чакъров), also known as "James Dean" of weightlifting, born 1966, is a Bulgarian world class weightlifter[2] who won gold medals in the 91 kg class at the 1993 World Weightlifting Championships in Melbourne, Australia and in the 90 kg class at the 1991 European Weightlifting Championships in Władysławowo, Poland. He also competed in the men's middle heavyweight event at the 1992 Summer Olympics.[3] He began training in 1979 at the Chernomorets Burgas Club. His first coach is Konstantin Darov. Chakarov competed for Chernomorets until 1985. After that, until the end of his long and successful career, he competed only for CSKA Sofia. His personal coaches were Andon Nikolov, Rumen Alexandrov and Neno Terziyski. Chakarov has set two world records.

Ivan Chakarov
Personal information
Born26 November 1966 (1966-11-26) (age 54)
Weight94 kg (207 lb) (1998)
Event(s)90 kg (1987-1992)
91 kg (1993-1997)
94 kg (1998)
Coached byIvan Abadjiev

Personal BestsEdit


  • Snatch: 187.5 kg
  • Clean and Jerk: 230 kg
  • Best Total: 417.5 kg (480 sinclair) (About the 10th best weightlifter ever)

Other exercisesEdit

  • Power Clean: 180.0 kg (Strict), 200 kg (some depth)
  • Back Squat: 1RM: 330.0 kg (Some sources say 350 kg, though it is likely to be inaccurate, a 335 kg value is more likely provided from other sources, but he definitely squatted 330 in the back squat). 3RM: 285 kg
  • Front Squat: 280.0 kg
  • Clean: 230.0 kg (Accomplished twice at the 1987 world weightlifting championships)
  • Military Press: 120.0 kg
  • Bench Press: 150.0 kg
  • Clean Pull: 290.0 kg
  • Power Snatch (above Parallel) : 150.0 kg
  • Snatch Pull: 250.0 kg
  • Deadlift: 310.0 kg

No-No-No SquatsEdit

Chakarov was exceptional in the Back Squat, and squatted 270 kg (595.25 lbs) for 3 deep repetitions at the 1993 World Weightlifting Championships. This feat became well known as the "No-No-No" squat,[4] as Chakarov did not use a lifting belt, knee wraps, or spotters for this attempt.


  1. ^ "Ivan Chakarov: TOP OLYMPIC LIFTERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY". Lift Up: History of Olympic Weightlifting. Retrieved 25 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Lifters restore pride". Star-News. 31 October 1988. Retrieved 4 March 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sergio Lafuente Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Ivan Chakarov Update". Ironmind. 27 April 2004. Retrieved 25 February 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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