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Gabriel Marinov won Overall Gold in the Men’s 61 kg Category at the 2024 IWF European Championships

For Bulgaria, the second day of the European Championships was a memorable one. With everyone expecting fantastic results from wunderkind Karlos Nasar, people seemed to forget the tradition of the host nation in weightlifting and the fact that it can produce more than one talent that’s fighting for the top podium spots. 

In the men’s 61 kg category, Gabriel Marinov got the gold medal, winning the men’s 61 kg category and the first gold medal for Bulgaria in this championship.

Marinov started the competition with a below-expectations lift, only getting 121 kg on his final Snatch attempt, but thankfully, he managed to improve his result by lifting the whooping 160 kg on the Clean & Jerk – 10 kg more than any other contestant.

Marinov Gabriel
Marinov Gabriel

With that lift, he secured himself not only a gold medal for the C&J but also the top spot on the podium for the category. 


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Last year, Marinov didn’t compete at the Europeans, however he showed a good result during the 2023 World Championships in Riyadh, managing to get inside the top 10 and finishing in 8th place, just below his teammate Ivan Dimov.

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Read the full report about each day of the 2024 European Weightlifting Championships prepared by our media team. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay updated and follow this great event in the Olympic weightlifting world with us from the very beginning till the end!

Detailed results of each day:

Tanya Shaiko

Author: Tanya Shaiko
News Editor, Olympic Lifting Enthusiast

Oly Lifting Experience: 6 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 61 kg,
C&J – 78 kg

I’m Tanya, and I just can’t do without fitness. About six years ago, I got into Olympic weightlifting and instantly fell in love with it. Weightlifting is like no other sport – it’s just you versus the bar. Driven by my unwavering passion for an active lifestyle, I’ve been eager to share my personal journey and sports enthusiasm with others. As a journalist and photographer, my interests come full circle, adding an extra dimension to the news column that I curate. This way, I keep my readers updated with the latest happenings in the sports world.

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