History in Color:
November 10, 1979, Thessaloniki, Greece – 19-year old sub heavyweight Plamen Asparukhov of Pernik, Bulgaria competes in the 100kg weight class at the 1979 World and European Championships in Thessaloniki.
By the end of the tournament in Thessaloniki, Asparukhov finished with a 367.5kg (167.5+200) total. He won a bronze European medal and took the 5th place in the World Championships.
At the time, Plamen Asparukhov (born in 1960) was one of the top Bulgarian prospects for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Moscow.
He represented Bulgaria at the 1980 Summer Olympics in the 100kg class and won the World Cup the 1982 World Cup in Varna. Plamen Asparukhov won a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships in Lille and 3 bronze medals at the European Championships in 1979, 1980 and 1981.
In the national level, Asparukhov won 3 national titles in the heavyweight class at the Bulgarian Championships in 1981, 1982 and 1984.
Asparukhov’s personal best results in total were 385kg (175+210) in the 100kg weight class (February 2, 1980, Varna, Bulgaria) and 405kg (180+225) in the 110kg class (September 19, Lille, France).