Bulgaria made its first Summer Olympic appearance during the inaugural games in 1896 though it is disputed by some historians. The nation wouldn’t return to the Olympics until 1924 and since then they have missed the games three times; 1932, 1948 and 1984. Historically Bulgaria sent one of the largest delegations of athletes to the games, but at the 2016 Olympics the nation sent its least number of athletes since 1956. Bulgaria competes in a range of sports with good representation in gymnastics and wrestling.

Bulgaria won its first medal at the 1952 Olympics and has won at least a medal at every Olympics it participated since. During the 1970s and 80s the nation was ranked in the top 10 on the medal list. In total Bulgaria has won 218 medals in 15 sports with wrestling (69) and weightlifting (37) being the most successful sports. The most successful athlete was sport shooter Mariya Grozdeva (medals in 1992-2004) whom won two golds in women’s 25m pistol and three bronzes in women’s 10m air pistol. In 2016 Bulgaria won three medals.

Qualified Quotas


Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 100m Ivet Lalova-Collio
Women’s 200m Ivet Lalova-Collio
Women’s High Jump Mirela Demireva


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Artistic Individual Events David Huddleston
Women’s Rhythmic Individual All-Around Boryana Kaleyn
Katrin Taseva
Women’s Rhythmic Group All-Around Elena Bineva
Simona Dyankova
Stefani Kiryakova
Madlen Radukanova
Laura Traets


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 25m Pistol
(1) (2)
Maria Grozdeva
Antoaneta Boneva
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Miroslava Mincheva


Men’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s 200m Backstroke Kaloyan Levterov
Men’s 100m Butterfly Josif Miladinov
Men’s 200m Butterfly Antani Ivanov


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s Freestyle -57kg Georgi Vangelov
Men’s Greco-Roman -97kg Kiril Milov
Women’s Freestyle -50kg Miglena Selishka
Women’s Freestyle -57kg Evelina Nikolova
Women’s Freestyle -62kg Taybe Yusein