Brigita Bukovec (lane 4) at the 1996 Summer Olympics 100 m hs semi-final.
Brigita Bukovec (lane 4) at the 1996 Summer Olympics 100 m hs semi-final.
Brigita Bukovec
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing  Slovenia
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta 100 m Hurdles

Brigita Bukovec (born 21 May 1970 in Ljubljana)[1][2] is a retired Slovenian hurdler who won an Olympic silver medal in 1996. During the Olympics she set a personal best time with 12.59 seconds.

She stopped competing on top level after the 1999 season.


Bukovec was born in Ljubljana on 21 May 1970.[3]

Bukovec started her career as an athlete in her home country, specializing in hurdles. She ran the 100 metre below 13 for the first time in 1993. That year, she was also chosen as Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year; an award that she was to win a total of five times (the other years being 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998).[3]

Bukovec won the gold medal at the 1993 Mediterranean Games, and another gold medal at the 1994 Goodwill Games. She achieved fourth place in 60m hurdles at the 1994 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris and fourth place in 100m hurdles at the 1994 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki.

Trained by the late Jure Kastelic,[4] she also won the bronze at the 1995 World Indoor Championships in Barcelona in the 60 m hurdles and a silver medal in 100 m at the 1998 European Championships.

Bukovec at the 1996 Summer Olympics
Bukovec at the 1996 Summer Olympics

At the 1996 Olympic games she went very close to winning the gold in 100 m hurdles, just a hundredth of a second away from conquering the Olympic gold. She won the silver medal in Atlanta with 12.59 seconds.[5]

After her Olympic achievement, she continued to compete at a high level, but her career was interrupted before the next Summer Olympic Games. Bukovec won a silver medal in 100m hurdles at the 1997 Mediterranean Games, and in 1998 she won the silver at the European Athletics Championships, where she ran the 100m in 12.65, just shy of her Olympic record.[6] She had to give up her athletic career in 1999 due to health issues.[5]

Bukovec was named Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year for five times.[5][3] At the time of her retirement she was the only Slovenian athlete to win this award for five times (she won it consecutively from 1995 to 1998).[3] She was also named Slovenian Woman of the Year.[5]

Personal life

After her retirement she gave birth to two children and devoted herself to her new job as a mother.[5] Bukovec and her family later resettled in Switzerland.[5]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Yugoslavia
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 11th (sf) 100m hurdles 13.96 (+1.5 m/s)
1989 European Junior Championships Varaždin, Yugoslavia 3rd 100 m hurdles 13.50
1990 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 14th (h) 60 m hurdles 8.50
European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 16th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.46
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 11th (sf) 60 m hurdles 8.16
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 25th (h) 100 m hurdles 13.44
Representing  Slovenia
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 11th (sf) 60 m hurdles 8.23
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 17th (sf) 100 m hurdles 13.68
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 7th 60 m hurdles 8.28
Mediterranean Games Narbonne, France 1st 100 m hurdles 13.10
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 10th (sf) 100 m hurdles 12.98
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 60 m hurdles 7.94
Goodwill Games St. Petersburg, Russia 1st 100 m hurdles 12.83 (w)
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 100 m hurdles 13.01
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 60 m hurdles 7.93
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 100 m hurdles 13.02
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 2nd 60 m hurdles 7.90
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.59
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 5th (sf) 60 m hurdles 7.93
Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 2nd 100 m hurdles 13.01
World Championships Athens, Greece 4th 100 m hurdles 12.69
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 7th 60 m hurdles 8.34
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 5th 100 m hurdles 13.19
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 100 m hurdles 12.65
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 4th 60 m hurdles 7.92


  1. ^ "Brigita Bukovec Bio, Stats and Results". Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 17, 2020. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "IAAF profile". IAAF. Retrieved May 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "21. maj: Praznuje srebrna olimpijka Brigita Bukovec (in Slovenian)". rtvslo. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Umrl je Jure Kastelic, dobitnik najvišjega državnega športnega priznanja (in Slovenian)". Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Kaj danes počne Brigita Bukovec? (in Slovenian)". Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  6. ^ "Predsednik AZS z županom Jankovićem obljublja velike stvari". Retrieved 22 July 2021.
Olympic Games Preceded byRajmond Debevec Flagbearer for  Slovenia Atlanta 1996 Succeeded byIztok Čop