Yordanka Donkova

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Yordanka Donkova
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Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1988 Seoul 100 m hurdles
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1992 Barcelona 100 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1987 Indianapolis 60 m hurdles

Yordanka Donkova (Bulgarian : Йорданка Донкова) (born 28 September 1961) is a Bulgarian former hurdling athlete, notable for winning an Olympic gold medal and bronze medal as well as 9 medals at European indoor and outdoor championships. Donkova set four 100 m hurdles world records in 1986. Her fifth world record, a time of 12.21 set in 1988, was beaten only in 2016 by Kendra Harrison.


In total, Donkova has 16 medals from major athletics tournaments. [1]

Personal life

Donkova suffered a childhood accident, which resulted in her losing two fingers on her right hand. She has three children. In 1991 she gave birth to a son called Zhivko Atanasov - professional football player, currently playing for Levski Sofia; twin girls Daniela and Desislava followed in 1996.

After the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Donkova received an offer to compete for the United States, but refused to change her national allegiance and continued to represent Bulgaria. [2]

Major achievements

Five-time Bulgarian National Champion at 100 m hurdles, 1980, 82, 84, 86 & 94.

Representing Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union semi-final100 m hurdles13.39 sec
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 3rd60 m hurdles8.03
European Championships Athens, Greece 2nd100m hurdles 12.54 (wind: 0.4 m/s)
4th4 × 100 m relay 43.10
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd60 m hurdles8.09
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st100 m hurdles 12.38 (wind: -0.7 m/s) CR
2nd4 × 100 m 42.68
1987 European Indoor Championships Lievin, France 1st60 m hurdles7.79
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, U.S. 2nd60 m hurdles7.85
World Championships Rome, Italy 4th100 m hurdles12.49
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st100 m hurdles12.38
5th4 × 100 m43.02
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 1st60 m hurdles7.87
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 3rd60 m hurdles8.03
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd100 m hurdles12.70
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st60 m hurdles7.85
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd100 m hurdles 12.93 (wind: -1.7 m/s)

CR = Championship Record

World records

Donkova set five world records for the 100 metres hurdles:

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  1. "Йорданка Донкова чества двадесетгодишния си световен рекорд, световният рекорд все някой ще ми го отнеме, но олимпийската титла остава, заяви Донкова". topsport.bg. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
  2. Kyoseva 2014, p. 252.
Kyoseva, Tsvetana (2014). 50-те най-влиятелни жени в българската история (1st ed.). Sofia: Репортер. ISBN   978-619-71690-1-0.

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Tatyana Anisimova
Women's 100 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Flag of East Germany.svg Bettine Jahn
Preceded by
Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg Ginka Zagorcheva
Women's 100 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg Ginka Zagorcheva
Preceded by
Flag of Bulgaria (1971 - 1990).svg Ginka Zagorcheva
Women's 100 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Flag of East Germany.svg Cornelia Oschkenat