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KOLEVA Ivanka
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Bulgaria   
GenderWomen
Age49
Place of BirthChirpan, BUL
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F57
Further Personal Information
Residence
Stara Zagora, BUL
Languages
Bulgarian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1985 in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
Why this sport?
She began the sport out of curiosity.
Name of coach
Stefan Stoykov, BUL, from 2012
Senior International Debut
Year
1986
Competing for
Bulgaria
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in shot put at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her first coach Georgy Sakelarov and the president of the Bulgarian Paralympic Association Ilia Lalov. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Bulgarian high jumper Stefka Kostadinova. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was Bulgaria's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

She was named the 2015 and 2016 Female Para-Athlete of the Year in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. (infoz.bg, 17 Dec 2015; dariknews.bg, 22 Dec 2016)
Impairment
Her mother had a kidney problem during pregnancy and the medication she was given harmed the foetus. Koleva was born with impairments to her legs, and at age six had them amputated. (disabledsportsbg.com, 10 Apr 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
13 2000 Discus Throw F58 19.86
1 2000 Shot Put F57 7.85
6 2004 Shot Put F56-58 8.79 
9 2004 Discus Throw F56-58 22.83 
11 2004 Javelin Throw F56-58 16.43 
6 2008 Shot Put F57-58 9.44
8 2008 Javelin Throw F57/58 16.72
10 2008 Discus Throw F57/58 23.38
8 2012 Discus Throw F57/58 23.15
16 2012 Javelin Throw F57/58 14.73
9 2012 Shot Put F57-58 9.10
6 2016 Shot Put F57 8.42
10 2016 Discus Throw F57 20.52
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 1994 Discus Throw F56  
3 1994 Javelin Throw F57 13.88
2 1998 Shot Put F56-57 6.78
7 1998 Discus Throw F58 20.45
9 1998 Javelin Throw F56-58 14.06
4 2002 Shot Put F56-57 7.64
8 2002 Javelin Throw F57/58 14.56
4 2006 Shot Put F55-57 9.09
5 2006 Discus Throw F57 23.70
6 2006 Javelin Throw F57/58 16.14
5 2011 Shot Put F57-58 8.65
9 2011 Javelin Throw F57/58 14.61
9 2011 Discus Throw F57/58 21.98
5 2013 Shot Put F55/56/57 8.93
10 2013 Discus Throw F57/58 21.50
5 2015 Shot Put F57 8.32
8 2015 Discus Throw F57 20.84
11 2017 Discus Throw F57 20.13
5 2017 Shot Put F57 8.30
Paralympic Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2008 67.5kg  NoM
European Championships (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Discus Throw F57 19.27
4 2014 Shot Put F57 7.18
3 2018 Discus Throw F57 19.95
1 2018 Shot Put F57 8.02