|1988 Seoul||100 m hurdles|
|1992 Barcelona||100 m hurdles|
|World Indoor Championships|
|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 100 m hurdles world records in 1986. Her fifth world record, a time of 12.21 set in 1988, stood for 28 years until broken in 2016 by Kendra Harrison.
In total, Donkova has 16 medals from major athletics tournaments.
Donkova suffered a childhood accident, which resulted in her losing two fingers on her right hand. She has three children. In 1991 she gave birth to a son called Zhivko Atanasov - professional football player, currently playing for Levski Sofia; twin girls Daniela and Desislava followed in 1996.
Five-time Bulgarian National Champion at 100 m hurdles, 1980, 82, 84, 86 & 94.
|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||100m hurdles||12.54 (wind: 0.4 m/s)|
|4th||4 × 100 m relay||43.10|
|1984||European Indoor Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||3rd||60 m hurdles||8.09|
|1986||European Championships||Stuttgart, West Germany||1st||100 m hurdles||12.38 (wind: -0.7 m/s) CR|
|2nd||4 × 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 × 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 (wind: -1.7 m/s)|
CR = Championship Record
Donkova set five world records for the 100 metres hurdles:
- 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 world record stood until July 22, 2016)
- "Йорданка Донкова чества двадесетгодишния си световен рекорд, световният рекорд все някой ще ми го отнеме, но олимпийската титла остава, заяви Донкова". topsport.bg. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2014.
- Kyoseva 2014, p. 252.
- Yordanka Donkova at World Athletics
- Y. Donkova - Olympic record 12:38 | Seoul 1988 г. | video YouTube video
- Y. Donkova - Olympic games 3td place | Barselona 1992 г. | video
- Y. Donkova improve world record four times in 1986 | video