Petar Merkov

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.

Petar Merkov
Medal record
Men's canoe sprint
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-1 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney K-1 1000 m
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1999 Milan K-1 500 m
Silver medal – second place 2002 Seville K-1 500 m
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Seville K-4 1000 m

Merkov was K-1 500 m European champion in 1999.

At the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships, Merkov won silver medals in the K-1 500 m event in 1999 and 2002. In 2002, he also won a bronze in K-4 1000 m.

Merkov is 188 cm (6'2") tall and weighs 95 kg (209 lbs). He is currently a member of the Levski Canoe/Kayak Club in Sofia.