Philip Milanov
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Philip Milanov during 2015 European Team Championships First League
Personal information
Born (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 30)
Bruges, Belgium
Height1,98 m
Weight120 kg (265 lb)
Country Belgium
Event(s)Discus throw
Coached byEmil Milanov
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Discus throw: 67.26 (2016)
Updated on 7 May 2016.

Philip Milanov (born 6 July 1991) is a Belgian discus thrower. He is a five-time Belgian champion and the 2015 World University Games champion in men's discus throw.


Milanov was born in Bruges, Belgium on 6 July 1991. His father and coach, Emil Milanov, was himself a discus thrower in his native Bulgaria before moving to Belgium in 1989.[1] Philip Milanov won the Belgian junior championship in 2010 with a throw of 54.28 m (1.75 kg), ranking him fourth on the Belgian all-time junior list.[2] In 2011 he represented Belgium at the European Team Championships First League, placing ninth with 54.88 m; at that summer's Belgian championships he was second to Maarten Persoon of the Netherlands but the top Belgian, winning his first national senior title. He repeated as Belgian champion in 2012.[3][4]

Milanov broke 60 metres for the first time in 2013, setting a Belgian under-23 record of 61.81 m in Vilvoorde and placing fifth at the European U23 Championships in Tampere.[5] He continued to improve in 2014, breaking Jo Van Daele's old Belgian record (64.24 m) by eight centimetres in Lille on 23 February and improving the record further to 66.02 m at the FBK Games in Hengelo on 8 June; he was Belgian champion for the fourth consecutive year (60.57 m) and made his debut in the IAAF Diamond League.[1][3] Milanov was eliminated in the qualification round at the 2014 European Championships in Zürich;[3] Track & Field News ranked him ninth in the world that year, his first top 10 ranking.[6]

Milanov broke his own Belgian record again in Kessel-Lo on 25 April 2015, throwing 66.43 m and meeting the qualification standard for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.[7] In July 2015 he won gold with 64.15 m at the World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea.[8] He unexpectedly scored his first Diamond League victory two weeks later at the London Grand Prix; in rainy conditions, he threw 65.14 m to defeat a field that included Diamond Race leader Piotr Małachowski of Poland.[9][10] In August 2015 he broke again his Belgian record and met the qualification standard for the 2016 Olympic Games.[11] On 29 August 2015 at the World Championships in Beijing, where he took silver, Milanov, improved his national record to 66.90 m.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Philip Milanov, Bruggeling met Bulgaarse roots..." (in Dutch). 24 June 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Philip Milanov gaat weg bij OB Brugge". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 19 October 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Philip Milanov at Tilastopaja (registration required)
  4. ^ "Milanov Philip" (in Dutch). Vlaamse Atletiekliga. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Discuswerper Philip Milanov naar VAC". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  6. ^ "World Rankings — Men's Discus" (PDF). Track & Field News. Retrieved 25 July 2015.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Discuswerper Philip Milanov verbetert eigen BR en heeft WK- en OS-limiet beet". De Standaard (in Dutch). 25 April 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Universiade Gwangju: Discuswerper Philip Milanov verovert goud". De Standaard (in Dutch). 11 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  9. ^ Brown, Matthew (24 July 2015). "Hughes provides London's sparkle – IAAF Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Kupper jäi Teemantliigal kaheksandaks, võitis Belgia üllatusmees". Õhtuleht (in Estonian). 24 July 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Discuswerper Milanov verbetert Belgisch record en pakt olympisch ticket". Het Nieuwsblad (in Dutch). 8 August 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
  12. ^ Zilver voor Belgische discuswerper Philip Milanov