Stefan Topurov

Stefan Petrov Topurov (Bulgarian: Стефан Петров Топуров) (born August 11, 1964 in Asenovgrad), is a former weightlifter, Olympian[1] and World Champion from Bulgaria.

Stefan Topurov
Personal information
Nationality Bulgaria
Born(1964-08-11)11 August 1964
Height1.52 m (5 ft 0 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Country Bulgaria
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)60 kg (1983-1988), 67.5 kg (1986)
Medal record
Men's Olympic weightlifting
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul -60 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1987 Ostrava -60 kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow[1] -60 kg
Silver medal – second place 1986 Sofia -67.5 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Vittorio -60 kg
Gold medal – first place 1987 Reims -60 kg
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow -60 kg
Silver medal – second place 1988 Cardiff -60 kg
Friendship Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Varna -60 kg
Junior World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1982 Sao Paulo -60 kg
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1982 Haskovo -60 kg
Gold medal – first place 1983 San Marino -60 kg

He was the first lifter to clean & jerk 3 times his body weight, with a 180 kg lift in the 60 kg division at the 1983 World Weightlifting Championships.[2]

CareerEdit

OlympicsEdit

His only Olympic appearance was at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 60 kg division against his former teammate Naim Süleymanoğlu. In the end Naim would put on the most dominating display of weightlifting of all time,[3] but Stefan had a dominating performance of his own, winning the silver medal with a total of 312.5 kg, a full 25.0 kg above the bronze medalist Ye Huanming.[4]

Major resultsEdit

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
1988   Seoul, South Korea 60 kg 137.5 142.5 142.5 2 165.0 175.0 -- 2 312.5  
World Championships
1983   Moscow, Soviet Union 60 kg 132.5 -- --   180.0 WR -- --   312.5  
1986   Sofia, Bulgaria 67.5 kg 152.5 -- --   185.0 -- --   337.5  
1987   Ostrava, Czechoslovakia 60 kg 135.0 140.0 142.5   170.0 175.0 175.0   315.0  
European Championships
1984   Vitoria, Spain 60 kg 137.5 -- --   177.5 -- --   315.0 WR  
1987   Reims, France 60 kg 140.0 -- --   170.0 -- --   310.0  
1988   Cardiff, United Kingdom 60 kg 145.0 -- --   177.5 -- --   322.5  

Weightlifting achievementsEdit

  • Silver medalist in Olympic Games (1988);
  • Senior world champion (1987);
  • Silver medalist in Senior World Championships (1983 and 1986);
  • Senior European champion (1984 and 1987);
  • Silver medalist at Senior European Championships (1983 and 1988);
  • Set eleven world records during his career.
  • First man ever to lift three times his body weight.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Olympic.org. "Stefan Topurov Profile". Retrieved 19 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ BarBend.com. "Only 6 People Have Officially Clean & Jerked Triple Bodyweight (in Competition)". Retrieved 19 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Ledder, Glenn (2013). "Mathematics for the Life Sciences" p. 16. https://books.google.com/books?id=0VeRAAAAQBAJ&lpg=PA16&ots=QfYf6PjYmn&dq=Sinclair%20Coefficients%20naim%20suleymanoglu&pg=PA16#v=onepage&q=Sinclair%20Coefficients%20naim%20suleymanoglu&f=false
  4. ^ Olympic.org. "56 60KG FEATHERWEIGHT MEN". Retrieved 19 December 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

NotesEdit

1.^ The 1983 World Championships in Moscow was also the European Championships