Yordanka Blagoeva

Yordanka Blagoeva (Bulgarian: Йорданка Благоева, born 19 January 1947) is a former Bulgarian high jumper. She competed at the 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics and finished in 17th, 2nd (silver medal), 3rd (bronze medal) and 16th place, respectively.[1] She won the high jump at the 1965 Summer Universiade[2] and 1973 European Athletics Indoor Championships. On 24 September 1972 she became the first Bulgarian athlete to break a world record. Next year she also set a new indoor high jump record, and was ranked as the best high jumper in Europe.[3]

Yordanka Blagoeva
Yordanka Blagoeva 1972.jpg
Personal information
Born19 January 1947 (1947-01-19) (age 74)
Gorno Tserovene, Montana, Bulgaria
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight64 kg (141 lb)
Event(s)High jump
ClubSeptemwriyska slava, Levski-Spartak Club
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1.94 m (1972)

In 1972 Blagova graduated from a Sports Academy. She later served as president of Bulgarian aerobics federation.[3]

She is considered to be one of Bulgaria's top athletes. In 2017, when she was aged 70, the documentary film Beyond the Jump was made to cover her life and career.[4]


Preceded by
  Ulrike Meyfarth
Women's High Jump World Record Holder
24 September 1972 – 24 August 1974
Succeeded by
  Rosemarie Witschas
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Katya Lazova
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
Succeeded by
  Stanka Valkanova
Preceded by
  Tatyana Kamareva
Women's Bulgarian National Champion
Succeeded by
  Lyudmila Andonova