Figures of Plovdiv

Figures of Plovdiv

Stefka Kostadinova (born 25.03.1965)

Stefka Kostadinova (born 25.03.1965)

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Stefka Kostadinova is a famous BG athlete. She was born on March 25th, 1965 in Plovdiv. She has gradiated from the Plovdiv School of Sports, initially starting a career of gymnastics and swimming. Her victorious career of the worlds best high jumper athlete was prepared by the young coach Nikolay Petrov, whom she later married in 1989.

Stefka Kostadinova was a high jump Olympic Champion from Atlanta, 1996, and a silver medal winner from Seoul, 1988.

A double world outdoor champion - Rome, 1987 and Gotteborg, 1995. She has participated in five world inddor championships - Paris 1985, Indianapolis 1987 (setting a World Indoor Record of 205 cm), Budapest 1989, Toronto 1993 and Paris 1997, and won champions titles in all five of them - an achievement never reached by an athlete before! She has set 3 outdoor and 4 indoor records altogether. Her high jump world record (August 30, 1987) from the 1987 World Athletics Championship in Rome, Italy - 2.09 m. (6 ft. 10.25 in) has remained unbeaten yet!

Stefka is a European outdoor champion from Stutgard, 1986, and four-time indoor champion - Athens 1985, Lievenne 1987, Budapest 1988 and Paris 1994.

She has been appointed the Sportsman of the Year of Bulgaria for four times (which also is a record!) - 1985, 1987, 1995 and 1996, and the Sportsman of the Balkans for five times! She is also included in the Top 10 of the Twentiewth Century Female Athletes, according to the International Athletics Federation.

She gave birth to her son Nikolay in 1995, and in 1999 she divorsed her husband and coach Nikolay Petrov. The same year she officially retired from her active sports career, and got appointed the vice-president of Bulgarian Athletics Federation.

Tsanko Lavrenov  (1896-1978)
Tsanko Lavrenov (1896-1978)
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Tsanko Lavrenov (1896-1978) - an original Bulgarian artist, who drew experience from the national traditions of old Bulgarian art and from folklore. A highly creative artist, he poeticised...
Ruslan Raichev (05.05.1919-08.01.2006)
Maestro Raychev worked with Europe's key symphony orchestras including La Scala in Milan, Paris' National Opera and Lond...
Ivan St. Geshov (Plovdiv, 20.02.1849 - 11.03.1924)
Political figure, diplomat, cousin of the eminent public figure, Ivan...
Kiril Naydenov (1945 - 2004)
Kiril Naydenov (1945 - 2004)
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Kiril Naidenov was born on 23.05.1945 in the village of Slaviani.
Yoakim Gruev (9.09.1828 - 01.08.1912)
Born in Koprivshtitsa, he studied in Plovdiv Greek School. Later he taught in the Class School of his native town of Koprivshtitsa, succeeding his teacher, Nayden Gerov on that position (1848-56)...
Dimiter Matevski (1835 - 1882)
Dimiter Matevski (1835 - 1882)
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He participated in the national liberation movement. Persecuted by the Turks, he moved into Plovdiv. About the year 1868, he became teacher at the St.Trinity school. He was an active participant in...
Hristo Stoichkov (born 1966)
Hristo Stoichkov (born 1966)
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The Bulgarian football star Hristo Stoichkov officially finished his football-playing career on December 15th, and from January 1st 2004 becomes the Barcelona coach. He will be training the team pl...
Konstantin Stoilov (1853-1901)
Konstantin Stoilov (1853-1901)
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Dr. Stoilov was born on September 23rd, 1853, in Plovdiv, in the well-to-do patriotic family of Stoil Zakharliata. His mother comes fro the emi...
Gavril Krustevich (1817 - 1898)
Gavril Krustevich (1817 - 1898)
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Gavril Krustevich (real name: Gandyu Krustev Baev) - born in the town of Kotel in 1817. Public figure and statesman; man of letters; Honorary member of Bulgarian Literary Society (later the Bulgari...
Ivan Kesyakov, Dr (1871-1965)
Ivan Kesyakov, Dr (1871-1965)
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DR IVAN KESYAKOV was a public figure, leader of the Democratic party, Mayor of Plovdiv (1908-1912 and again 1921-22).  Born in 1871 in the town of Koprivshtitsa. He graduated Medicine f...