Venelina Veneva-Mateeva

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Venelina Veneva-Mateeva (née Veneva, Bulgarian: Венелина Венева-Матеева, born June 13, 1974 in Ruse) is a Bulgarian high jumper.


Talented at a young age, she jumped 1.93 metres indoor in 1990 to record a world best performance by a 15-year-old. She did not improve this result outdoor until 1995 (1.94 m). A disappointing 1996 season with a 29th place at the Olympic Games and 1.88 as season best was followed by a jump of 2.03 metres in 1998. In 2001, she managed 2.04 m, the ninth highest jump for a woman. That year she won a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships, as well as placing fourth at the outdoor World Championships.

Veneva tested positive for testosterone in January 2007, and was subsequently suspended for two years by the IAAF.[1]


Year Tournament Venue Result Height
1991 European Junior Championships Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 1.91 metres
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 22nd (q) 1.79 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain =21st (q) 1.85 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 13th (q) 1.93 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States =29th (q) 1.80 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 1.98 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain =14th (q) 1.89 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia =9th 1.93 m (1.94)
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 1.96 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 4th 1.97 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 4th 1.98 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 7th 1.94 m (1.96)
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 15th (q) 1.92 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 1.97 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 10th 1.85 m (1.91)
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 2.03 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England Disq (3rd) 1.95 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 15th (q) 1.92 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 7th 1.92 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 21st (q) 1.89 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th 1.80 m (1.90)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom =20th (q) 1.85 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 16th (q) 1.85 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 7th 1.90 m
World Championships Beijing, China 28th (q) 1.80 m


  • (q) Indicates overall position in qualifying round.
  • (#) Indicates height achieved in qualifying round. Only shown when superior to result in final.
  • (3rd) Originally won the bronze medal at 2007 European Indoor Championships before being disqualified for a doping offence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ IAAF: Venelina Veneva Doping Rule Violation 13 February 2008

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Ukraine Inga Babakova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
South Africa Hestrie Cloete
Preceded by
Romania Monica Iagăr
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist
Preceded by
Bulgaria Eleonora Milusheva
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Preceded by
Bulgaria Maria Nikolova
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Elena Denkova