Mladen Kuchev (Bulgaria)
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.