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(wrestler - free style) Valentin Jordanov in action

He starts going in for wrestling in his native village at the age of 10. Georgi Achev - his trainer since the year 1970 till 1978 when he completed studies at the sport school in Ruse - introduces him in the delicate technique of wrestling. He does his military service at the sport school of the CSKA club where he is trained from 1978 till 1980, under the guidance of Yancho Patrikov. He continues to serve at re-engagement, at the CSKA club, till 1990. In 1990 he goes to the USA but he continues competing for Bulgaria, on behalf of the wrestling club "Slavia-Litex" till the year 1996 Seven times he is a world champion and seven times European. Repeated silver and bronze medal winner at different European, World and Olympic championships.

Being a wrestler for 18 years in the category up to 52 kg - from 685 competition events he won 673.

He terminates his sport carrier at the age of 36 after winning - at the Olympic Games in Atlanta '96 - an Olympic Champion title. Since 1997 he is a member of the Athletes' Commission of FILA. In 1998 he is elected President of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation and in 2002 he is re-elected - till the year 2007 In the year 2000 he becomes a member of the Bureau of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee. Married, two children.

Quick Facts
Disciplinefree styleValentin Jordanov
Category: 52kg
Born:26 Jan 1960 in the village of Sandrovo Rousse region
Education:Master, speciality "Wrestling", National Sports Academy

Participations in the biggest world competitions:
Date Competition Group Category Position
06 Aug 1979 World Championship
Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Cadets 52.0 kg 5
26 Aug 1980 6 European Championship
Bursa, Turkey
Cadets 52.0 kg 1
23 April 1981 24 European Championship
Lodz, Poland
Men 52.0 kg 3
01 Jan 1982

25 European Championship
Varna, Bulgaria

Men 52.0 kg 1
17 April 1983 26 European Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 Sept 1983 22 World Championship
Kiev, URSS
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 April 1984 27 European Championship
Jonkoping, Sweden
Men 52.0 kg 2
25 April 1985 28 European Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
10 Oct 1985 23 World Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
14 April 1986 29 European Championship
Athens, Greece
Men 52.0 kg 1
19 Oct 1986 24 World Championship
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 3
01 May 1987 30 European Championship
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Men 52.0 kg 1
26 Aug 1987 25 World Championship
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Men 52.0 kg 1
01 Jan 1988 FILA's
Grand Prix /Big Prize/
Budapest, Hungary
Men 52.0 kg 1
16 April 1988 31 European Championship
Manchester, Great Britain
Men 52.0 kg 1
12 May 1989 32 European Championship
Ankara, Turkey
Men 52.0 kg 1
01 Sept 1989 26 World Championship
Martini, Switzerland
Men 52.0 kg 1
06 Sept 1990 27 World Championship
Tokyo, Japan
Men 52.0 kg 2
03 Oct 1991 28 World Championship
Varna, Bulgaria
Men 52.0 kg 2
03 Aug 1992 XXV Olympic Games
Barcelona, Spain
Men 52.0 kg 3
25 Aug 1993 29 World Championship
Toronto, Canada
Men 52.0 kg 1
24 Aug 1994 30 World Championship
Istanbul, Turkey
Men 52.0 kg 1
10 Aug 1995 31 World Championship
Atlanta, USA
Men 52.0 kg 1
30 July 1996 XXVI Olympic Games
Atlanta, USA
Men 52.0 kg 1
Prizes and distinctions:
  • Best FILA wrestler (free-style) for the year 1984
  • Best FILA wrestler (free-style) for the year 1995
  • Included in the FILA classification "Wrestler of the 20-th century"
  • Included in the list of the Top 10 of Bulgaria for the years: - 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Winner of unique world sport record - 20-year sport practice in the category by 52 kg; participant in the national selection of Bulgaria - men, in European Championships, World Championships and Olympic Games from 1981 till 1996 without interruption
  • Repeated champion of Grand Prix tournaments and international FILA tournaments
  • First at the Tournament of the Super-Champions - Tokyo 1987
  • Winner in the match of the Super-Champions Pittsburgh, USA, in 1989 and 1990
  • The only one wrestler in the world /Free and Greco-Roman wrestling/ who won 10 medals at world championships /7 golden, 2 silver and 1 bronze/
  • Winner in the world team /FILA against Russia, Vladi-Caucasus in 1993 & 1994
  • Sportsman of 20-th century, elected by the National Sports Academy (year 2000)
  • Winner of "Dan Kolov" belt for the year 1983
  • Champion at the tournament "Goodwill" - Seattle 1990 ã.
FILA distinctions:
  • 1999 - Golden medal of FILA
  • 2001 - FILA plaquette
State distinctions:
  • 1983 - Bronze Order of Labour of R Bulgaria
  • 1987 - Silver order "People's Republic of Bulgaria"
  • 1994 - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Sofia"
  • 1996 - Golden Olympic order
  • 1997 - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Varna"
  • 2000 - Honoured with the title "Honorary citizen of the town of Varna"
  • Golden medal of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee
  • Golden badge of the Bulgarian Youth and Sport Agency
  • Medal for Sport Glory of BSFS - I class
  • Sportsman of the Century of the town of Ruse
  • Winner of order "1300 year Bulgaria"
  • Numerous distinctions of state and sport institutions
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