Atanas Kirov of Bulgaria died in Burgas on January 27, 2017. He was 70.
Atanas Kirov was an outstanding Olympic weightlifter. He was the first Bulgarian weightlifter who won the European Championship for his country. It took place in Warsaw in 1969.
Atanas competed in the 56 kilos class and won gold medals at the World Championships in 1973 and 1974. He also won the European gold in 1969, 1973, 1974 and 1975 and set 2 world records.
R.I.P, great athlete and champion.