Medals and distinctions


Sport and Fame


Participations in the biggest world competitions:
Date Competition Group Category Position
06 Aug 1979 World Championship
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Cadets 52.0 kg 5
26 Aug 1980 6 European Championship
Bursa, Turkey
Cadets 52.0 kg 1
23 April 1981 24 European Championship
Lodz, Poland
Men 52.0 kg 3
01 Jan 1982

25 European Championship
Varna, Bulgaria

Men 52.0 kg 1
17 April 1983 26 European Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 Sept 1983 22 World Championship
Kiev, URSS
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 April 1984 27 European Championship
Jonkoping, Sweden
Men 52.0 kg 2
25 April 1985 28 European Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
10 Oct 1985 23 World Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
14 April 1986 29 European Championship
Athens, Greece
Men 52.0 kg 1
19 Oct 1986 24 World Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 3
01 May 1987 30 European Championship
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 Aug 1987 25 World Championship
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Men 52.0 kg 1
01 Jan 1988 FILA's
Grand Prix /Big Prize/
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
16 April 1988 31 European Championship
Manchester, Great Britain
Men 52.0 kg 1
12 May 1989 32 European Championship
Ankara, Turkey
Men 52.0 kg 1
01 Sept 1989 26 World Championship
Martini, Switzerland
Men 52.0 kg 1
06 Sept 1990 27 World Championship
Tokyo, Japan
Men 52.0 kg 2
03 Oct 1991 28 World Championship
Varna, Bulgaria
Men 52.0 kg 2
03 Aug 1992 XXV Olympic Games
Barcelona, Spain
Men 52.0 kg 3
25 Aug 1993 29 World Championship
Toronto, Canada
Men 52.0 kg 1
24 Aug 1994 30 World Championship
Istanbul, Turkey
Men 52.0 kg 1
10 Aug 1995 31 World Championship
Atlanta, USA
Men 52.0 kg 1
30 July 1996 XXVI Olympic Games
Atlanta, USA
Men 52.0 kg 1
Prizes and distinctions:
  • Best FILA wrestler (free-style) for the year 1984
  • Best FILA wrestler (free-style) for the year 1995
  • Included in the FILA classification "Wrestler of the 20-th century"
  • Included in the list of the Top 10 of Bulgaria for the years:
    - 1983
    - 1985
    - 1986
    - 1987
    - 1989
    - 1992
    - 1993
    - 1994
    - 1995
    - 1996

  • Winner of unique world sport record - 20-year sport practice in the category by 52 kg; participant in the national selection of Bulgaria - men, in European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games from 1981 till 1996 without interruption
  • Repeated champion of Grand Prix tournaments and international FILA tournaments
  • First at the Tournament of the Super-Champions - Tokyo 1987
  • Winner in the match of the Super-Champions Pittsburgh, USA, in 1989 and 1990
  • The only one wrestler in the world /Free and Greco-Roman wrestling/ who won 10 medals at world championships /7 golden, 2 silver and 1 bronze/
  • Winner in the world team /FILA against Russia, Vladi-Caucasus in 1993 & 1994
  • Sportsman of 20-th century, elected by the National Sports Academy (year 2000)
  • Winner of "Dan Kolov" belt for the year 1983
  • Champion at the tournament "Goodwill" - Seattle 1990 ã.
FILA distinctions:
  • 1999 - Golden medal of FILA
  • 2001 - FILA plaquette
State distinctions:
  • 1983 ã. - Bronze Order of Labour of R Bulgaria
  • 1987 ã. - Silver order "People's Republic of Bulgaria"
  • 1994 ã. - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Sofia"
  • 1996 - Golden Olympic order
  • 1997 - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Varna"
  • 2000 - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Varna"
  • Golden medal of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee
  • Golden badge of the Bulgarian Youth and Sport Agency
  • Medal for Sport Glory of BSFS /ÁÑÔÑ/ - I class
  • Sportsman of the Century of the town of Ruse
  • Winner of order "1300 year Bulgaria"
  • Numerous distinctions of state and sport institutions
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