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Tsvetanka Khristova

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Tsvetanka Pavlova Khristova (Bulgarian: Цветанка Павлова Христова) (sometimes spelled Tsvetanka Hristova, 14 March 1962 – 14 November 2008) was a Bulgarian discus thrower. She won gold at the 1991 World Championships and the 1982 European Championships. She also won two Olympic medals, with bronze at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and silver at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Her best throw of 73.22 metres in 1987, ranks her eighth on the world all-time list.

Tsvetanka Khristova
Personal information
Native nameЦветанка Павлова Христова
Full nameTsvetanka Pavlova Khristova
Born14 March 1962 (1962-03-14)
Kazanlak, Bulgaria
Died14 November 2008 (2008-11-15) (aged 46)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb)
Event(s)Discus throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)73.22 m (1987)


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 CompetitionsEdit

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). November 14, 2008. Archived from the original on August 23, 2011.

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