Born on 07.11.1961 in Shishmantsi, Plovdiv District
Mincho Pashov won a bronze medal at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games in Russia in a category of 67.5 kg. In 1980 and 1981 he was a world champion for youngsters. He is three-time World and European vicechampion in the 75 kg category for 1981, 1982 and 1985. At the Black Sea Tournament in the City of Varna, Bulgaria (an alternative to the Olympics) in 1984, he set a world record of 212.5 kg in snatching. At the World Championship in 1982 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, he and Yanko Rusev improved 4 world records in the category up to 75 kg.
Pashov started training weightlifting in 1972 under Gancho Karushkov. He studied at the Vasil Levski Sports School and continued his education at the National Sports Academy. Mincho Pashov competed for the teams of Maritsa Plovdiv (1972 – 1981), CSKA (1981 – 1982) and Levski-Spartak (1982 – 1986).