Yordanka Donkova

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Yordanka Donkova
Yordanka Donkova.jpg
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Competitor for  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Gold 1988 Seoul 100 m hurdles
Bronze 1992 Barcelona 100 m hurdles
World Indoor Championships
Silver 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 world records in 1986. Her fifth, a 100 m hurdles time of 12.21 set in 1988, is still the current world record. In total, Donkova has 16 medals from major athletics tournaments.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Donkova suffered a childhood accident, which resulted in her losing two fingers on her right hand. She is a mother to three children, In 1991 she gave birth to her first child, a son called Zhivko and twin girls Daniela and Desislava 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[edit]

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

Year Tournament Venue Result Event Extra
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 100 m hurdles 12.54
1984 European Indoor Championships Göteborg, Sweden 3rd 60 m hurdles 8.09
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st 100 m hurdles 12.38 CR
2nd 4 x 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 x 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

CR = Championship Record

World Records[edit]

Donkova set five world records for the 100 metres hurdles and is still the current holder:

  • 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 current world record, as of 2013)


Kyoseva, Tsvetana (2014). 50-те най-влиятелни жени в българската история (1st ed.). Sofia: Репортер. ISBN 978-619-71690-1-0. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Soviet Union Tatyana Anisimova
Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
East Germany Bettine Jahn
Preceded by
Bulgaria Ginka Zagorcheva
Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Ginka Zagorcheva
Preceded by
Bulgaria Ginka Zagorcheva
Women's 100m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
East Germany Cornelia Oschkenat