Dimitar Dobrev

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Dimitar Dobrev
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Dimitar Dimitrov Dobrev (Bulgarian : Димитър Добрев; 14 April 1931 – 1 April 2019) [1] was a Greco-Roman wrestler from Bulgaria, where he spent most of his professional career. Dobrev was the Olympic champion in the middleweight division of Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 1960 Summer Olympics. [2]

Bulgarian language South Slavic language

Bulgarian, is an Indo-European language and a member of the Southern branch of the Slavic language family.

Greco-Roman wrestling

Greco-Roman (US) or Graeco-Roman (UK) wrestling is a style of wrestling that is practiced worldwide. It was contested at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every edition of the summer Olympics held since 1908.This style of wrestling forbids holds below the waist; this is the major difference from freestyle wrestling, the other form of wrestling at the Olympics. This restriction results in an emphasis on throws because a wrestler cannot use trips to take an opponent to the ground, or avoid throws by hooking or grabbing the opponent's leg.

Amateur wrestling widespread form of sport wrestling

Amateur wrestling is the most widespread form of sport wrestling. There are two international wrestling styles performed in the Olympic Games: freestyle and Greco-Roman. Both styles are under the supervision of United World Wrestling. A similar style, commonly called collegiate, is practiced in colleges and universities, secondary schools, middle schools, and among younger age groups in the United States. Where the style is not specified, this article refers to the international styles of competition on a mat. In February 2013, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to remove the sport from the 2020 Summer Olympics onwards. On 8 September 2013, the IOC announced that wrestling would return to the Summer Olympics in 2020. The rapid rise in the popularity of the combat sport mixed martial arts (MMA) has increased interest in amateur wrestling due to its effectiveness in the sport and it is considered a core discipline.


Born in Ezerche, Dobrev was a mathematician, and, prior to his competitive wrestling career, he was gymnast.

Ezerche is a village in northeastern Bulgaria, part of Tsar Kaloyan Municipality, Razgrad Province. It has a population of about 2,000. The village is around 261 km (162 mi) from the capital of Sofia.

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  1. "Olympic champion Dimitar Dobrev died". TECH2. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  2. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dimitar Dobrev Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC . Retrieved 20 March 2019.