Mladen Kuchev (b. 1947) was the member of the first national team assembled by Ivan Abadzhiev when he was appointed to run national weightlifting Team Bulgaria.
He was a 2x Olympian and took the 9th place in the 60kg class in Mexico City (1968) and won a silver medal in the 67.5kg class in Munich (1972).
Kuchev won 4 silver (1969, 1970, 1972, 1973) and 1 bronze (1975) medal at the World Championships. He is a 3x European champion (1969, 1970, 1972).
He is a 8x Champion of Bulgaria.
Mladen Kuchev’s forte was his press. He set 10 world records in his career. 9 of them in the press lift.