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Atanas Kirov

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
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


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.


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