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Alexander Kraychev (Bulgaria): Vice Championship at the Europeans in Sofia (1971)

History in Color:

June 26, 1971, Sofia, Bulgaria – 19-year old heavyweight Alexander Kraychev of Bulgaria competes in the clean-and-jerk program in the 110kg class of the 1971 European Championships in Sofia.

Graduate of the first group of junior weightlifters prepared by legendary coach Ivan Abdzhiev and a rising star of Bulgarian weightlifting, Alexander Krastev faced two strong Soviet opponents in Sofia – Valery Yakubovsky and Karl Utsar. He won a gold medal in the press with a 192.5kg, a bronze in the snatch (160kg) and a silver in the clean-and-jerk (205kg).

In the end of the night, he was holding a silver European medal in front of a home crowd in Sofia. His total was 557.5kg.

1971  European Championship
Location: Sofia ,  BUL
Weight Class: Heavyweight  [110 kg]</p>

More Info On the 1971 European Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Valery YAKUBOVSKI,  Soviet Union 190 + 160 + 210 = 560
2 Alexander KRAYCHEV,  Bulgaria 192.5 + 160 + 205 = 557.5
3 Karl UTSAR,  Soviet Union 187.5 + 162.5 + 195 = 545

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