|1992 Barcelona||-110 kg|
|1989 Athens||110 kg|
|1990 Budapest||110 kg|
|1987 Reims||110 kg|
|1988 Cardiff||110 kg|
|1989 Athens||110 kg|
|1990 Aalborg||110 kg|
|World Cup Overall Winner|
|1988 Athens||110 kg|
|1990 Seattle||110 kg|
|1996 Atlanta||+108 kg|
|1993 Melbourne||108 kg|
|1994 Istanbul||+108 kg|
|1995 Guangzhou||+108 kg|
|1994 Victoria||+108 kg|
Botev was originally intended to represent Bulgaria at the 1988 Olympic Games in the heavyweight category. Two of his teammates who had won gold medals in their weight classes tested positive for banned substances, and the Bulgarian weightlifting federation pulled the rest of the team out of the competition the day before Botev was scheduled to compete. Mitko Grablev (56 kg) & Angel Guenchev (67.5 kg) were both disqualified after they tested positive for Furosemide. At the time, Botev was two-time European Vice-champion, and a heavy favorite for the gold medal.
- Bronze medalist in Olympic Games (1992 and 1996);
- Gold medalist in Senior World Championships (1989 and 1990);
- Silver medalist in Senior World Championships (1993);
- Bronze medalist in Senior World Championships (1994 and 1995);
- Senior European champion (1989 and 1990);
- Silver medalist in Senior European Championships (1987 and 1988);
- Gold medalist in Commonwealth Games (1994);
- Set seven world records during his career;
- Junior world record holder in clean and jerk and total (1972–1992).
- "Weight Lifting; An Olympic Dream Is Deferred". The New York Times. 22 April 1992.
- "THE SEOUL OLYMPICS: Weight Lifting; Team Lifted After 2d Drug Test Is Failed". The New York Times. 24 September 1988.
- "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
- "Stefan Botev". Lift Up. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
- Stefan Botev at databaseOlympics.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 September 2007)
- Stefan Botev at WeightliftingExchange.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 September 2007)
- Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Stefan Botev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.