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Yordanka Donkova
Athletics competitor

Yordanka Donkova

Yordanka Donkova
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Quick Facts

Intro Athletics competitor
Is Athlete
From Bulgaria
Field Sports
Gender female
Birth 28 September 1961, Sofia, Sofia Capital Municipality, Sofia City Province, Bulgaria
Age 60 years
Stats
Height: 175
Weight: 67
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

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, stood until 2016.

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

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 and 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.

Major achievements

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

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Bulgaria
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union semi-final 100 m hurdles 13.39 sec
1982 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 3rd 60 m hurdles 8.03
European Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 100m hurdles 12.54 (wind: 0.4 m/s)
4th 4 × 100 m relay 43.10
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 60 m hurdles 8.09
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st 100 m hurdles 12.38 (wind: -0.7 m/s) CR
2nd 4 × 100 m 42.68
1987 European Indoor Championships Lievin, France 1st 60 m hurdles 7.79
World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, U.S. 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.85
World Championships Rome, Italy 4th 100 m hurdles 12.49
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 1st 100 m hurdles 12.38
5th 4 × 100 m 43.02
1989 European Indoor Championships The Hague, Netherlands 1st 60 m hurdles 7.87
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 3rd 60 m hurdles 8.03
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.70
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st 60 m hurdles 7.85
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 100 m hurdles 12.93 (wind: -1.7 m/s)

CR = Championship Record

World Records

Donkova set five world records for the 100 metres hurdles:

  • 12.36 sec - August 13, 1986 (equalling the record of Grażyna Rabsztyn)
  • 12.35 sec - August 17, 1986
  • 12.29 sec - August 17, 1986
  • 12 26 sec - September 7, 1986
  • 12.21 sec - August 20, 1988 (the world record stood until July 22, 2016)
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