November 17th, 2019

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Mincho Pashov (1961-2019)


Sad news came from Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


One of the Bulgarian weightlifting greats, Mincho Pashov passed away on November 15, 2019 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


He was 58.


Mincho Pashov was one of the most impressive graduates of Ivan Abadzhiev and world famous Bulgarian weightlifting school. He was a superb athlete of his era in both junior and senior level of competitions.


At 18, Mincho marked his debut with the national team by competing for Bulgaria at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow where he won a bronze medal with a 325kg total (142.5+ 182.5) in the lightweight class.


Mincho Pashov competed in the light and middleweight classes. He won 3 silver (1981, 1982, 1985) and one bronze (1980) at the World Championships and 2 silver medals at the European Championships (1981, 1983).


Pashov set 3 world records in his career – all three in the clean-and-jerk in the 75kg class.


Our condolences go to the family and friends of Mincho Pashov.


RIP, Champion!

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Igor Nikitin (USSR): Friendship Cup in Odessa


History in Color:

March 5, 1983, Moscow, Russia – Olympic vice champion Igor Nikitin of the Army Club, Lipetsk, Russia competes in the 110kg class at the 1983 Friendship Cup in Odessa.


Igor Nikitin (born in 1952) was one of the best Soviet sub heavyweights in the late 1970s – early 1980s. He competed for the Team USSR at the 1980 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the 100kg weight class. He also became a European vice champion in Havirov in 1978.


On the national level, Nikitin won the USSR Championships in 1980 and the USSR Cup in 1977. In his career, Igor set 4 world records – 3 in snatch and 1 in total of 2 lifts.


Igor Nikitin’s personal best were:



  • 100kg class – 410kg (187.5+222,5), 7/29/1983, Moscow

  • 110kg class – 415kg (185+230), 5/22/1982 Dnepropetrovsk