Born on 23.05.1960 in Tsarimir, Plovdiv District
Asen Zlatev is an Olympic champion from the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia, in the category of up to 75 kg. At the age of 11 he joined the first group of weight lifting trainees in the Vasil Levski Sports School under the leadership of Gancho Karushov. Zlatev has won three gold medals at World Championships (1980, 1982 and 1986) and five at European Championships (1980, 1982, 1984, 1985 and 1987). From World Championships he has 7 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), and from European Championships – 8 medals (5 gold, 3 silver). He is ranked second with the number of medals won – 6 silver and 1 bronze, and leads the ranking among Bulgarians by the number of medals won in Olympic Games (lifting, snatching and dueling – 22 gold, 19 silver, 4 bronze). For seven years Zlatev improved 20 world and 6 Olympic records. He is one of the three Bulgarians (together with Nikolay Peshalov and Ivan Ivanov) who has not received a “zero” in an official competition. Zlatev was awarded the Golden Kilo award for best achievement at the World Cup in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1982. He was captain of the national team for 8 years and did not lost national competition for 13 seasons. He competed in the categories up to 75 kg and up to 82.5 kg and was trained for several Olympic Games, but for various reasons he participated only in one – in Moscow, Russia. So instead of “at least” four titles, Zlatev was left with gold only from Moscow, Russia. If he had realized his capabilities and ambitions, the Plovdiv citizen would have been without competition in the Guinness Book of Records. From September 1989 until the end of 1994 Zlatev competed for the German teams Limen and Chemnitz. Asen Zlatev was declared honorary citizen of Plovdiv in 2001.