Tsvetanka Khristova

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Tsvetanka Khristova
Personal information
Native name Цветанка Павлова Христова
Full name Tsvetanka Pavlova Khristova
Born 14 March 1962 (1962-03-14)
Kazanlak, Bulgaria
Died 14 November 2008 (2008-11-15) (aged 46)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 73.22 m (1987)

Tsvetanka Pavlova Khristova (Bulgarian: Цветанка Павлова Христова) (sometimes spelled Tsvetanka Hristova, 14 March 1962 – 14 November 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 14 November 2008, of cancer.[1]

International Competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Bulgaria
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 1st Discus 68.34 m
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th Discus 65.62 m
1985 World Student Games (Universiade) Kobe, Japan 2nd Discus 65.30 m
1986 Goodwill Games Moscow, Soviet Union 1st Discus 69.54 m
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 2nd Discus 69.52 m
1987 World Student Games (Universiade) Zagreb, Yugoslavia 1st Discus 67.96 m (record)
World Championships Rome, Italy 3rd Discus 68.82 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 3rd Discus 69.74 m
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 10th Discus 56.30 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st Discus 71.02 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 2nd Discus 67.78 m
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 23rd (q) Discus 53.64 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 41st (q) Discus 43.25 m


  1. ^ "Cvetanka Christovová prehrala svoj boj s rakovinou" (in Slovak). osporte.sk. November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011. 

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