At the age of 74, one of the greatest coaches in the history of Bulgarian athletics, Georgi Dimitrov, died, Alexander Vangelov’s website for athletics and sports reports.
Dimitrov was born on May 5, 1948 in Boychinovtsi, Montansko. He is a former javelin thrower and began working as a coach in the 1970s.
His greatest achievement was Yordanka Donkova’s 100m hurdles Olympic title in 1988 in Seoul. Donkova also set a world record in the discipline – 12.21 seconds, which is second in the eternal world ranking after the planetary achievement of Kendra Harrison in 2016. Donkova’s record survived for 28 years.
Under the leadership of Dimitrov, Ginka Zagorcheva set a world record in the 100 meter hurdles and won the world title, and together with Donkova they made the discipline “Bulgarian” thanks to their numerous successes and achievements.
Dimitrov works with all disciplines in athletics. His wife, Valentina Dimitrova, won the world university heptathlon title in 1977. Vanya Stambolova was the European champion in the 400 meters in 2006 and one of the strongest in the world in that event, as well as in the 400 meters hurdles and 800 meters.
Venelina Veneva-Mateeva was European vice-champion in the high jump in 2006 under Dimitrov’s leadership.
Dozens of elite athletes have achieved records and won medals thanks to Dimitrov’s training system, and he also passes on his experience abroad.
In recent years, the coach worked with young children in the Plovdiv club “Energy”.