Olympic bronze medalists for Bulgaria

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  1. Manuela Maleeva

    Manuela Maleeva


    Manuela Georgieva Maleeva-Fragniere (Bulgarian: Мануела Георгиева Малеева) (born 14 February 1967) is a Bulgarian former professional tennis player. She played on the Women's Tennis Association tour between 1982 and 1994. Through her marriage Maleeva began representing Switzerland officially from January 1990 until her retirement in February 1994.

  2. Jordan Jovtchev

    Jordan Jovtchev


    Yordan Yovchev Yovchev (Bulgarian: Йордан Йовчев Йовчев) (born February 24, 1973), is a Bulgarian gymnast.

  3. Nikolay Pechalov

    Nikolay Pechalov


    Nikolaj Pešalov (Bulgarian: Николай Славев Пешалов, Nikolay Slavev Peshalov; born on May 30, 1970 in Pazardzhik, Bulgaria) is an Olympic and World former champion in weightlifting. For the first part of his career he competed under the Bulgarian flag, but later moved to Croatia which he represented internationally.

  4. Yordanka Donkova

    Yordanka Donkova


    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 world records in 1986. Her fifth, a 100 m hurdles time of 12.21 set in 1988, is still the current world record. In total, Donkova has 16 medals from major athletics tournaments.

  5. Andrian Dushev

    Andrian Dushev


    Andrian Pavlov Dushev (Bulgarian: Андриан Павлов Душев, born June 6, 1970 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian sprint canoer who competed from the 1989 to 2000.

  6. Maria Grozdeva

    Maria Grozdeva


    Maria Zdravkova Grozdeva (Bulgarian: Мария Здравкова Гроздева, née Григорова, Grigorova; born on 23 June 1972 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian sport shooter, concentrating on both 25 metre pistol and 10 metre air pistol. She is the only woman to have successfully defended 25 metre pistol title at the Olympic Games. Apart from her five Olympic medals including two gold medals, she also has been successful at CISM World Championships and ISSF World Cups. She is also the current holder of the final world record in 25 metre pistol.

  7. Stefan Botev

    Stefan Botev


    Stefan Khristov Botev (Bulgarian: Стефан Христов Ботев, born February 14, 1968 in Harmanli) was an Olympic weightlifter for Bulgaria and later for Australia. He was coached by Ivan Abadjiev.

  8. Aleksandar Varbanov

    Aleksandar Varbanov


    Aleksandar Varbanov (Bulgarian: Александър Върбанов; born May 9, 1964 in Novi Pazar) was a weightlifter for Bulgaria. He now lives and works as a weightlifting trainer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  9. Georgi Stankov

    Georgi Stankov


    Georgi Stankov (born 10 August 1943 in Kornerovo, Bulgaria) is a boxer from Bulgaria.

  10. Georgi Naydenov (footballer)

    Georgi Naydenov (footballer)


    Georgi Spirov Naydenov (Bulgarian: Георги Спиров Найденов) (21 December 1931 – 28 May 1970) is a former Bulgarian football goalkeeper and former manager. He is considered the greatest Bulgarian goalkeeper for all time. Between 1955 and 1965 he played in 176 matches for CSKA Sofia. He was honoured as Bulgarian Footballer of the Year in 1961. Naydenov won the top Bulgarian league, the A PFG, a 8 times (all with CSKA), as well as the Bulgarian Cup, 3 times (all with CSKA). He was respected for his incredible work ethic and his determination during training and matches alike.

  11. Ivan Petkov Kolev

    Ivan Petkov Kolev


    Ivan Petkov Kolev (Bulgarian: Иван Петков Колев) (Sofia 1 November 1930 – 1 July 2005) was a Bulgarian football player and coach.

  12. Vanja Gesheva-Tsvetkova

    Vanja Gesheva-Tsvetkova


    Vanja Gesheva-Tsvetkova (Bulgarian: Ваня Гешева-Цветкова, born April 6, 1960) is a Bulgarian sprint canoer who competed from the late 1970s to the late 1980s. Competing in two Summer Olympics, she won four medals with one gold (1988: K-1 500 m), two silvers (1980: K-1 500 m, 1988: K-2 500 m), and one bronze (1988: K-4 500 m).

  13. Ivanka Hristova

    Ivanka Hristova


    Ivanka Marinova Khristova (Bulgarian: Иванка Маринова Христова; born 19 November 1941 in Osikovitsa, Sofia) is a retired Bulgarian shot putter. She won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics, and the bronze in 1972. In addition she won the 1976 European Indoor Championships.

  14. Sevdalin Minchev

    Sevdalin Minchev


    Sevdalin Minchev Angelov (Bulgarian: Севдалин Минчев Ангелов; born July 25, 1974 in Gorna Oryahovitsa, Veliko Tarnovo) is a retired male weightlifter from Bulgaria. He competed at 1996 Atlanta Olympics, and won a bronze medal in the men's 56 kg division. Minchev is a four-time Olympian (1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004).

  15. Ivailo Marinov

    Ivailo Marinov


    Ivailo Marinov (Bulgarian: Ивайло Маринов) (July 12, 1960 in Varna, also known as Ismail Mustafov, Ismail Huseinov or Ivailo Khristov) is a Bulgarian boxer of Turkish ancestry, who won the bronze medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in light flyweight, and the gold medal in the same category at the 1988 Summer Olympics

  16. Evgenia Radanova

    Evgenia Radanova


    Evgenia Radanova (Bulgarian: Евгения Раданова) (born 4 November 1977) is a Bulgarian female short track speed skater and racing cyclist who has participated in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. She was the world record holder in the 500 m short track distance with 43.671s, which she set in Calgary, Canada on 19 October 2001. In the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic games she won a silver medal at the same distance and a bronze at 1500m. In Athens 2004 Summer games she took part in cycling, but did not get a medal. In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the women's 500 m she ended up 7th.

  17. Nikolay Bukhalov

    Nikolay Bukhalov


    Nikolay Petkov Bukhalov (Bulgarian: Николай Петков Бухалов, born March 20, 1967 in Karlovo) is Bulgaria's most successful ever sprint canoer. He competed mostly in the Canadian canoe C-1 event though he did win world championship medals in the C-4 events.

  18. Enyu Valchev

    Enyu Valchev


    Enyu Valchev Dimov (Bulgarian: Еню Вълчев Димов; b. January 4, 1936 in Polski Gradec, Stara Zagora Province, Bulgaria – d. February 15, 2014) was a freestyle wrestler from Bulgaria.

  19. Valentin Jordanov

    Valentin Jordanov


    Valentin Yordanov Dimitrov (Bulgarian: Валентин Йорданов Димитров), also transliterated Jordanov (born January 26, 1960) is a retired Bulgarian freestyle wrestler who competed in the up to 52 kg weight class.

  20. Rumyana Neykova

    Rumyana Neykova


    Rumyana Neykova (Bulgarian: Румяна Нейкова; born 6 April 1973 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian rower. Neykova competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, the 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2000 Summer Olympics, where she won silver in Single Sculls, the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she won bronze and the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won gold in the same discipline. Her current coach is her husband Svilen Neykov. In 2002, she set the world best time of 7:07:41 on 21 Sept in Seville ESP and she was named Bulgarian Sportswoman of the Year, as well as FISA Female Rower of the Year.

  21. Petar Petrov (athlete)

    Petar Petrov (athlete)


    Petar Nikolov Petrov (Bulgarian: Петър Петров; born 17 February 1955 in Svishtov, Veliko Tarnovo) is a retired Bulgarian sprinter who specialized in the 100 metres.

  22. Tsvetanka Khristova

    Tsvetanka Khristova


    Tsvetanka Mincheva Khristova (Bulgarian: Цветанка Павлова Христова) (sometimes spelled Tsvetanka Hristova, March 14, 1962 – November 14, 2008) was a Bulgarian discus thrower who competed from the early 1980s to the mid-2000s, with a career break for a drugs ban.

  23. Ognyana Petrova

    Ognyana Petrova


    Ognyana Georgiyeva Petrova – Ognyana Dusheva (née Petkova, Bulgarian: Огняна Георгиева Петрова, born December 20, 1964 in Svilengrad) is a Bulgarian sprint canoer who competed from 1976 to 1988. She won a bronze medal in the K-4 500 m event at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.'

  24. Stefan Bozhkov

    Stefan Bozhkov


    Stefan Bozhilov Stefanov (Bulgarian: Стефан Божилов Стефанов; 20 September 1923 – 1 February 2014) was a Bulgarian football player and coach. He usually played the position of midfielder.

  25. Nedelcho Kolev

    Nedelcho Kolev


    Nedelcho Lazarov Kolev (Bulgarian: Неделчо Лазаров Колев, born 26 March 1953 in Kableshkovo) is a Bulgarian Olympic, European and World Weightlifting Champion. Best known for his success at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and for his 6 gold medals from world championships in Manila and Havana, Cuba.

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