Milen Dobrev

Milen Dobrev (Bulgarian: Милен Добрев, February 22, 1980 — March 21, 2015) was a Bulgarian weightlifter. He became Olympic champion in 2004 in the middle heavyweight class. That same year, he won the European Championship in Kyiv. Dobrev died of a heart attack in his home in Plovdiv in 2015. He is the first Bulgarian to win an Olympic title in weightlifting as a member of a team from Plovdiv (Maritsa-Olimp). After winning the 2001 Brisbane Goodwill Games in Australia, he established himself as the elite of weightlifters. His world title was from Vancouver, Canada, in 2003. He also became European champion in 2003 in Loutraki, Greece, and in 2004 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Milen Dobrev
Personal information
NationalityBulgarian
Born(1980-02-22)February 22, 1980
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
DiedMarch 21, 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 35)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb)
Sport
CountryBulgaria
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)–94 kg
ClubOlimp, Plovdiv
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 187.5 kg (2004)
  • Clean & Jerk: 222.5 kg (2003)
  • Total: 407.5 kg (2004)

Dobrev started training weightlifting in 1991 under the coach Georgi Yotovski, when he was in sixth grade at the Vasil Levski Sports School and competed for the team of Maritsa. During his military service (1999 – 2000), he was part of the team of CSKA. After 2001 Dobrev transferred to the team of Maritsa-Olimp and started training under Krastyo Milev. He became part of the extended men’s national team on 11.02.2001 and made his debut at the European Men’s Championship in Trencin, Slovakia. In 2001 he also made a debut at the 2001 World Championship in Antalya, Turkey, winning his first bronze medal in the 85 kg category. In 2002 he won silver medal at the European Championship in Antalya, Turkey, in the 94 kg category. The same year, Dobrev also became second at the World Championship in Warsaw, Poland.

Milen Dobrev has been an honorary citizen of Plovdiv since 2004. On 20.04.2005 at a ceremony in the Greek Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, he was also named honorary citizen of Athens, Greece.[1][2][3]

Major ResultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Representing   Bulgaria
Olympic Games
2004   Athens, Greece 94 kg 180.0 185.0 187.5 1 217.5 220.0 225.0 1 407.5  
World Championships
2006   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 94 kg 170 170 170
2005   Doha, Qatar 94 kg 176 176 180 4 210 215 218   398  
2003   Vancouver, Canada 94 kg 180.0 185.0 187.5   220.0 220.0 222.5   405.0  
2002   Warsaw, Poland 94 kg 175.0 175.0 177.5   212.5 220.0 220.0   387.5  
2001   Antalya, Turkey 85 kg 165.0 170.0 175.0   195.0 207.5 212.5 4 382.5  
European Championships
2004   Kyiv, Ukraine 94 kg 180.0 182.5 185.0   215.0 217.5   402.5  
2003   Loutraki, Greece 94 kg 175.0 180.0 182.5   215.0 217.5 222.5   405.0  
2002   Antalya, Turkey 94 kg 175.0 180.0 182.5   210.0 215.0 217.5   397.5  
2001   Trenčín, Slovakia 85 kg 162.5 167.5 170.0   200.0 202.5 202.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Profile: "Milen Dobrev" Archived 2007-02-16 at the Wayback MachinedatabaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on December 31, 2007)
  2. ^ "Olympic Games Medallists – Weightlifting" – (Retrieved on December 31, 2007)
  3. ^ "Milen Dobrev: Olympic champion weightlifter dies, aged 35". BBC. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015.

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