Mariya Petkova

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Mariya Petkova
Personal information
Native name Мария Димитрова Леткова
Birth name Mariya Dimitrova Vergova
Full name Mariya Dimitrova Petkova
Born November 3, 1950 (1950-11-03) (age 66)
Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 71.80 m (1980)

Mariya Dimitrova Petkova (Bulgarian: Мария Димитрова Петкова, née Вергова, Vergova; born 3 November 1950 in Plovdiv) is a retired Bulgarian discus thrower. In 1976 she won an Olympic silver medal behind Evelin Schlaak, a standing that would repeat itself in 1980. This year she also achieved a personal best throw of 71.80 metres. In 1982 she won a European Championship silver medal behind countrywoman Tsvetanka Khristova, who is twelve years younger. One year later Petkova won the bronze medal at the first World Championships in Athletics.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Bulgaria
1975 World Student Games Rome, Italy 1st 65.28 m
1976 Summer Olympics Montreal, Canada 2nd 67.30 m
1977 World Student Games Sofia, Bulgaria 1st 66.34 m
1980 Summer Olympics Moscow, USSR 2nd 67.90 m
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 67.94 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 66.44 m

In 1974 Mariya Petkova bench pressed 210 kg without the use of supportive gear of any kind. This is more than any other woman in history.[citation needed]

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Records
Preceded by
East Germany Evelin Jahl
Women's Discus World Record Holder
15 July 1980 – 23 May 1983
Succeeded by
Soviet Union Galina Savinkova
Sporting positions
Preceded by
East Germany Evelin Jahl
Women's Discus Best Year Performance
1980
Succeeded by
East Germany Evelin Jahl