Stefka Kostadinova

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Stefka Kostadinova
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Personal information
Born (1965-03-25) March 25, 1965 (age 49)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 60 kilograms (132 lb)
Sport
Country  Bulgaria
Retired 1997
Achievements and titles
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[1]

Stefka Kostadinova (Bulgarian: Стефка Костадинова) (born March 25, 1965 in Plovdiv) is a Bulgarian retired athlete and the current women's world record holder in the high jump. She is the president of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee.

Early career[edit]

Stefka went to a specialist sports school, but only was introduced to high jump in a Year Six (12-13year olds) athletics meet in Sofia. A day she is quoted as saying she would never forget (on TransWorldSport interview in 2012). She jumped 1.66m and was informed this 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)

Career[edit]

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 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 women's world record for having jumped over 2.00 m 197 times.

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 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.

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

Personal life[edit]

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.

Sports administration career[edit]

After retiring Kostadinova started a career in sports administration. She has served as vice president of the Bulgarian Athletics 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.

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Records
Preceded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova
Women's High Jump World Record Holder
June 1, 1986 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Ivan Slavkov
President of the
Bulgarian Olympic Committee

November 11, 2005 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1985 – 1988
Succeeded by
Cuba Silvia Costa
Preceded by
Germany Heike Henkel
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1992 – 1993
Succeeded by
Cuba Silvia Costa
Ukraine Inga Babakova
Slovenia Britta Bilač
Preceded by
Ukraine Inga Babakova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1996 – 1997
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Venelina Veneva
Preceded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
1985 — 1988
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Rosanel Gogi
Preceded by
Bulgaria Svetlana Leseva
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova
Preceded by
Bulgaria Venelina Veneva
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
1996
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Khristina Kalcheva