Blast from the Past … This one is from the 1983 “Rekordmeeting am Langbathsee” in Austria. Features Bulgarians like: Stefan Topurov snatching 135kg (competing above 60kg). Naim Suleymanoglu (Suleymanov back in the day) snatching 130.5kg and clean & Jerking 165.5kg at 56kg for new world records. Antonio Krastev Snatching 190kg and Clean & Jerks 250kg (new […]
Blast from the Past … Back in 1987 Alexander Varbanov Clean & Jerked 222kg at 75kg! Those were the days! A. Varbanov 222.5 CJ 222.5kg C&J @ 75kg bw. Unofficial record, yet real lift 1987 #preOlympic training) #Bulgarianweightlifitng #varbanovschool Posted by Varbanov School Of Weightlifting / Located at Academy Of Lions on Friday, August 21, […]
Blast from the Past … Here is a recap of the epic battle between Naim Suleymanoglu & Valerios Leonidis at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Men’s 64kg. Features short interviews with both lifters, about how they experienced the competition. Update 17.09.2014: Better Video from the official Olympics Channel (who for some reason disabled embedding) Watch on YouTube.
(Originally posted Feb 10, 2013) Documentary time … Here is a weightlifting classic: “School of Champions: Bulgarian Training Documentary”. Featuring: Max effort lectures from Ivan Abadjiev to a crowd of drained lifters. Update: Now on YouTube
Check out this DIY weightlifting gym from Bulgaria. Nikola Giorgiev transformed what used to be a former air raid shelter into a place where kids can train. Thanks to Pim for submitting.
Ian Wilson found some good clips on a Bulgarian history YouTube channel. It has footage of a young Naum Shalamanov a.k.a. Naim Suleymanoglu. They are from the 1986 European Championships in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz). Naim did 145+187.5 for 332.5kg total at 60kg bodyweight. Both were World Record lifts. Here is the Clean & Jerk The channel also has Alexander […]
Meanwhile in Bulgaria … After his 2 year stint in the US Ivan Abadjiev will return to Bulgaria. Not sure if I understand the Google translate gibberish correctly, but I think he will coach together with Ivan Ivanov (current coach). Update: See this comment by Alex Krychev from Podium Gold: I don’t know where Mr. Petrakiev […]
Here’s another fine clip to get you amped for tomorrow’s session. Zlatan Vanev and Galabin Boevski in a training hall video. Anybody know when this was shot? Update: Miika Antti-Roiko commented that this was at the 1998 Worlds in Lahti, Finland. Thanks to Michal for sharing.
Reader Roberto keeps the 1988 series going. Here is another one from the 1988 Bulgarian DVD. Asen Zlatev (230kg C&J here) with what looks like a 180kg or 190kg Snatch. Roberto thinks its 190kg at a bodyweight of 85/87 kg. Thanks to Roberto for submitting this.