Stefan Topurov

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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)

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

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]

Career[edit]

Olympics[edit]

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 results[edit]

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

Weightlifting achievements[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olympic.org. "Stefan Topurov Profile". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  2. ^ BarBend.com. "Only 6 People Have Officially Clean & Jerked Triple Bodyweight (in Competition)". Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  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.

Notes[edit]

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