Bulgaria's first Olympic champion dies at 78
Author: Bulgarian Wrestling FederationAuthor: Petar Kostadinov Date: Mon, Jul 13 2009 1 Comment, 1329 Views Share: Print Send via email
Bulgaria's first Olympic champion, wrestler Nikola Stanchev, died at the age of 78, Bulgarian news agency Focus quoted the Bulgarian wrestling federation as saying on July 13 2009.
Stanchev won the first Bulgarian Olympic medal in 1956 at the Summer Olympic games in Melbourne in the 79kg freestyle wrestling category. The same year he also won a silver medal at the World Cup tournament in Istanbul.
During his professional career Stanchev won a total of 11 titles in both freestyle and Greco-Roman style.
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