History in Color:
April 7, 1976, Berlin, East Germany – 21-year old middleweight Yordan Mitkov of Asenovgrad, Bulgaria sets a new world record in clean-and-jerk at 190.5kg at the 1976 European Championships in East Germany.
Yordan Mitkov ended the tournament with a bronze medal for 330kg (147.5+182.5) total. He was behind Vartan Militosyan (USSR, gold) and Peter Wenzel (East Germany, silver). In fact, a few minutes later Militosyan broke Mitkov’s world record with a 191kg cj.
However, the main tournament of the year was to be held later in Montreal. Mitkov won the gold in the middleweight at the 1976 Summer Olympics downgrading both Militosyan and Wenzel one step down compared to their placement at the Europeans.
Besides winning the gold at the 1976 Olympic and World Championships, Mitkov also won gold medals at the 1979 World Championship in Varna, Bulgaria and the 1979 Bulgarian Nationals in Sofia.
He managed to set 4 world records in his career.