Nikola Dinev

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameNikola Dinev•Nikolov
Used nameNikola•Dinev
Original nameНикола Динев•Николов
Born18 October 1953 in Nova Zagora (BUL)
Measurements183 cm / 117 kg
AffiliationsBeroe, Stara Zagora
NOC Bulgaria


Nikola Dinev was a super-heavyweight wrestler who competed in freestyle at the 1976 Montréal Olympics, although he usually wrestled Greco-Roman. He was twice a World Champion in Greco-Roman, at the 1977 and 1982 Worlds. Dinev also won two silver medals at the World Championships in Greco-Roman, in 1978 and 1983. At the European Championships, Dinev won five gold medals, all in Greco-Roman – in 1977, 1980, 1982-83, and 1986, adding a silver medal in 1975. For his wrestling accomplishments Dinev was given the Nikola Petrov Golden Belt in 1977 and was named that year as an honorary citizen of Stara Zagora.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Wrestling BUL Nikola Dinev
Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 5