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Atanas Kirov

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAtanas Petrov•Kirov
Used nameAtanas•Kirov
Original nameАтанас Петров•Киров
Born24 September 1946 in Burgas (BUL)
Died26 January 2017 in Burgas (BUL)
Measurements156 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsNeftochimic Burgas, Burgas (BUL)
NOC Bulgaria

Biography

A two-time Olympic weightlifter (1968, 1972), Atanas Kirov had his greatest success at other tournaments. He was a three-time World Champion, winning the bantamweight title consecutively from 1973-75. Kirov won four European titles, winning the bantamweight class in 1969 and 1973-75. He also earned a World silver medal in 1969. Kirov set two official world records in the total, with 257.5 kg in September 1973 in Havana, Cuba; and 260.0 kg in February 1974 in his hometown of Burgas. For his achievements he was made an honorary citizen of Burgas. Kirov was responsible for starting the long-line of great Bulgarian lifters, especially in the lighter classes.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Weightlifting BUL Atanas Kirov
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 7
1972 Summer Olympics Weightlifting BUL Atanas Kirov
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 5