|Born||30 May 1970|
|Height||1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Country|| Bulgaria (1989–1998)|
During his long and successful career, Pešalov was World champion eight times in various categories and disciplines, and broke several world records. His Olympic medals are split between Bulgaria (1992 and 1996) and Croatia (2000 and 2004). In 2000 he was granted Croatian citizenship, and he now holds besides Bulgarian, a Croatian passport. He resides in both Sofia (Bulgaria) and Split (Croatia).
- Senior world champion (1990, 1993, 1994);
- Silver medalist in Senior World Championships (1989 and 1998);
- Bronze medalist in Senior World Championships (1995);
- Senior European champion (1991–1995, 1997, 2000, 2001);
- Silver medalist in Senior European Championships (1989, 1990, 2004);
- Set five world records during career.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|1992||Barcelona, Spain||60 kg||132.5||137.5||2||162.5||167.5||2||305.0|
|1996||Atlanta, United States||59 kg||132.5||137.5||3||165.0||4||302.5|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||62 kg||145.0||150.0||1||175.0||-||1||325.0|
|2004||Athens, Greece||69 kg||150.0||3||182.5||187.5||1||337.5|
Weightlifting career bestsEdit
- Snatch: 150.0 kg in the class to 62 kg;
- Clean and jerk: 187.5 kg 2004 Summer Olympics in the class to 69 kg;
- Total: 312.5 kg (137.5 + 175.0) 1992 European Weightlifting Championships in the class to 60 kg;
- Total: 325.0 kg 2000 Summer Olympics in the class to 62 kg (Olympic record);
- Total: 337.5 kg 2004 Summer Olympics in the class to 69 kg.
|unrecognized result (equalization of World Standard)|
|=||equalization of world record|
|Discipline||Result||Date and place|
|clean and jerk||-59kg||170kg||May 1995., Warsaw|
|biathlon||-62kg||325kg||Apr 2000., Sofia|
|biathlon||-62kg||325kg||Sep 2000., Sydney|
- Olympic.org. "Nikolai Peshalov bio". Retrieved 22 November 2018.