Tsvetanka Khristova

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Tsvetanka Mincheva Khristova (Bulgarian: Цветанка Павлова Христова) (sometimes spelled Tsvetanka Hristova, March 14, 1962 – November 14, 2008) was a Bulgarian discus thrower who competed from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s, with a career break for a drugs ban.

Born in Kazanlak, Stara Zagora she became European champion in 1982 at only 20 years of age. Nine years later she won the World Championships, and the following year won an Olympic silver medal. Khristova tested positive for steroids in 1993 and was banned from competition. In 2004, at the age of 42, she competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Her personal best was 73.22 m.

She died on November 14, 2008, of cancer.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Bulgaria
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 1st Discus
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th Discus
1985 World Student Games Kobe, Japan 2nd Discus
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 2nd Discus
1987 World Student Games Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1st Discus record
World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd Discus 68.82 m
1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea 3rd Discus
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 10th Discus
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st Discus
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd Discus 67.78 m


  1. ^ "Cvetanka Christovová prehrala svoj boj s rakovinou" (in Slovak). osporte.sk. November 14, 2008. 

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Germany Ilke Wyludda
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
China Xiao Yanling