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Enyu Valchev

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEnyu Valchev•Dimov
Used nameEnyu•Valchev
Original nameЕню Вълчев•Димов
Born4 January 1936 in Polski Gradets (BUL)
Died15 February 2014 in Sofia (BUL)
Measurements170 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsCSKA (Central Sport Klub Army), Sofia/Minor Dimitrovgrad/Levski-Spartak Club
NOC(s) Bulgaria

Biography

Wrestling in the freestyle lightweight class his entire career, Enyu Valchev was a medal contender in every tournament in which he competed. Competing at three Olympic Games, Valchev won a full set of medals – gold in 1964, silver in 1968 and bronze in 1960. At the World Championships, Valchev won gold in 1962, silvers in 1959 and 1969 and bronze in 1967, while finishing fourth in 1965, fifth in 1966 and sixth in 1963. At the European Championships Valchev won golds in 1968 and 1969 and bronze in 1967. He also won 5 Balkan titles and 14 Bulgarian titles during his career. After finishing his sporting career, Valchev worked as a wrestling coach, serving as head coach of the Bulgarian national junior team until his retirement in 1990. Valchev was elected to the FILA International Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2005.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Bulgaria    
1964 Summer Olympics Wrestling Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Bulgaria    
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling Lightweight, Freestyle, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Bulgaria    

Other participations

Games Role Details
1964 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Bulgaria