Bulgaria Marks 25 Years since Historic High Jump World RecordSports | August 30, 2012, Thursday // 16:36| views
High jump world record holder Stefka Kostadinova. Photo by BGNES
August 30 2012 marks 25 years since Bulgarian athlete Stefka Kostadinova jumped the incredible 2.09 m at the 1987 World Championships in Rome.
Even though the 47-year-old high jump legend ended her competitive athletic career more than 13 years ago, she is still the reigning world record holder.
Her world record is one of the longest standing in modern athletics. Over the years, Croatian star Bianka Vlasic has been the only female coming close to beating it, as she jumped 2.08 m in 2009.
Altogether Kostadinova set seven world records - three outdoors and four indoors. She also holds the women's world record for having jumped over 2.00 m 197 times.
Kostadinova has won one Olympic gold medal (1996) and two outdoor world titles (1987 and 1995), as well as five indoor world titles. She is currently the chair of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee.
Her 2.09 m jump can be seen here.