Stefka Kostadinova

About Stefka Kostadinova

Who is it?: Olympic athlete
Birth Day: March 25, 1965
Birth Place: Plovdiv, Bulgarian
Native name: Стефка Георгиева Костадинова
Full name: Stefka Georgieva Kostadinova
Years active: 1985–1997
Height: 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight: 60 kg (132 lb)
Country: Bulgaria
Sport: Athletics
Event(s): High jump
Turned pro: 1985
Retired: 1997
Olympic finals: 1st (Atlanta, 1996)
Highest world ranking: 1st (Rome, 1987)
Personal best(s): High jump (outdoor): 2.09 m (World Record) High jump (indoor): 2.06 m
Medal record Representing  Bulgaria Olympic Games 1996 Atlanta High jump 1988 Seoul High jump World Championships 1987 Rome High jump 1995 Gothenburg High jump European Championships 1986 Stuttgart High jump World Indoor Championships 1985 Paris High jump 1987 Indianapolis High jump 1989 Budapest High jump 1993 Toronto High jump 1997 Paris High jump European Indoor Championships 1985 Pireaus High Jump 1987 Liévin High Jump 1988 Budapest High Jump 1994 Paris High Jump 1992 Genoa High Jump Representing  BulgariaOlympic GamesWorld ChampionshipsEuropean ChampionshipsWorld Indoor ChampionshipsEuropean Indoor Championships: 1996 AtlantaHigh jump1988 SeoulHigh jump1987 RomeHigh jump1995 GothenburgHigh jump1986 StuttgartHigh jump1985 ParisHigh jump1987 IndianapolisHigh jump1989 BudapestHigh jump1993 TorontoHigh jump1997 ParisHigh jump1985 PireausHigh Jump1987 LiévinHigh Jump1988 BudapestHigh Jump1994 ParisHigh Jump1992 GenoaHigh Jump

Stefka Kostadinova

Stefka Kostadinova was born on March 25, 1965 in Plovdiv, Bulgarian, is Olympic athlete. Stefka Kostadinova is a former Bulgarian athlete and the reigning world record holder in the women’s high jump. Possessed with an athletic physique, she started displaying her talent from a very young age and after training under Nikolay Petrov, who later became her husband, she easily surpassed the barrier of 2 meters in high jump, when she was a teenager. Her early international successes came in 1985, when she won the gold medals at the European Athletics Indoor Championships and the World Indoor Championships. Next, she set the world record of 2.09 m in the women’s high jump event at the 1987 World Athletic Championships, held in Rome. After these astonishing accomplishments, she participated in the Seoul Olympics but managed to add only the silver medal to her tally. The following year, she won her third World Championship in indoor track and then directed her focus towards winning the Olympic gold. However, an ill-timed injury in the leg shortly before the beginning of the 1992 Olympics prevented her from performing at her maximum potential and she finished fourth in the competition. In the 1996 Olympics, she was finally able to succeed and earn a gold medal for herself in high jump. The following year, after winning her fifth World Indoor Championship, she took retirement from athletics. A determined sportsperson and a woman of sheer commitment, she continues to be one of the most loved and respected athletes of her time
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Popular As Stefka Kostadinova
Occupation Sportspersons
Age 59 years old
Zodiac Sign Aries
Born March 25, 1965 (Plovdiv, Bulgarian)
Birthday March 25
Town/City Plovdiv, Bulgarian
Nationality Bulgarian

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Kostadinova was voted Sportsperson of the Year in Bulgaria four times (1985, 1987, 1995 and 1996).


Kostadinova is the reigning world record holder in the women's high jump at 2.09 m, which she jumped during the 1987 World Championships in Athletics in Rome. Her world record is one of the oldest in modern athletics. Altogether Kostadinova set seven world records - three outdoors and four indoors. She also holds the distinction of having jumped over 2.00 m 197 times.


In 1995 Kostadinova gave birth to her son, Nikolay, just several months before winning gold in the 1995 World Championships in Athletics. In 1999 she divorced her long-standing husband and coach, Nikolay Petrov. The same year she officially put an end to her athletic career, though she had actually not participated in any major Sports competition since the World Indoors Championship in 1997. In 2007 Kostadinova married her companion of some nine years, a businessman in the construction industry, Nikolai Popvasilev. [1]


Kostadinova won the gold medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, setting an Olympic record of 2.05 m. She also won a silver medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Kostadinova won the outdoor World Championships in 1987 and 1995. She won the World Indoor Championship five times between 1985 and 1997. Kostadinova also won gold in all European Championships in Athletics in which she competed. She was a European outdoor champion in Stuttgart in 1986 and a four-time European indoor champion in 1985, 1987, 1988, and 1994.


After retiring Kostadinova started a career in Sports administration. She has served as vice President of the Bulgarian Athletic Federation, vice President of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and was deputy Sports minister of Bulgaria from 2003 through 2005.


On November 11, 2005 Kostadinova was elected President of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee. She replaced Ivan Slavkov, who was expelled by the International Olympic Committee for violating its standards in ethics.


Born in Plovdiv, Kostadinova went to a specialist Sports school, but was only introduced to high jump in a Year Six (12-13 year olds) athletics meet in Sofia, on a day she is quoted as saying she would never forget (on TransWorldSport interview in 2012). She jumped 1.66m and was informed that it was a world record for her age group; equivalent to the adult female world record in 1941: See Women's high jump world record progression

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