Petar Hristov Merkov (Bulgarian: Петър Христов Мерков, born November 3, 1976 in Plovdiv) is a Bulgarian sprint canoer who competed in the late 1990s and early 2000s (decade). Competing in three Summer Olympics, he who won two silver medals at Sydney in 2000 (K-1 500 m, K-1 1000 m). Prior to those games, Merkov was subjected to controversy for failing a doping test in Bulgaria which led to over a dozen canoeing nations petitioning the International Canoe Federation for an investigation, only to have Bulgarian officials stonewall on his behalf to compete. He would later refuse to attend the post-race press conference of K-1 1000 m in the wake of those allegations.
|Men's canoe sprint|
|2000 Sydney||K-1 500 m|
|2000 Sydney||K-1 1000 m|
|1999 Milan||K-1 500 m|
|2002 Seville||K-1 500 m|
|2002 Seville||K-4 1000 m|
Merkov was K-1 500 m European champion in 1999.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 1: flatwater (now sprint): 1936–2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived 2010-01-05). Additional archives: Wayback Machine.
- ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007 at WebCite (archived 2009-11-09)
- Sports-reference.com profile
- Wallechinsky, David and Jaime Loucky (2008). The Complete Book of the Olympics: 2008 Edition, London: Aurum Press Limited. pp. 470, 473.