In the 110-meter hurdles he started twice at the Olympic Games. In 1992 in Barcelona he played for Czechoslovakia and was eliminated in the preliminary round, in 1996 in Atlanta he reached the quarter-finals, now starting for Slovakia.
He achieved the greatest success of his career at the 1997 World Athletics Championships in Athens . In the 110-meter hurdles he won the bronze medal with a time of 13.18 s, behind defending champion Allen Johnson (12.93 s) and the 1993 world champion, Colin Jackson (13.05 s). It was Kováč's first participation in the finals after he was eliminated in the semifinals of the three previous World Championships. In addition, he finished fifth in the World Indoor Athletics Championships in 1997 in Paris and eighth in Maebashi in 1999 in the 60-meter hurdles.
Furthermore, Kováč collected numerous national championship titles. In 1990 and 1991 he was Czechoslovakian champion in the 110-meter hurdles. In the same discipline he won the Slovak championships in 1993, 1994, 1998 and 2000. In Slovakia, he was also national champion in the 100-meter run (1993) as well as the 60-meter hurdles (1995, 2000) and the 60-meter run (2000).
Igor Kováč is 1.85 m tall and had a competition weight of 74 kg.
- 100 m: 10.32 s, 6 June 1997, Riga
- 200 m : 20.81 s, 23 August 1997, Prague
- 100 m hurdles: 13.13 s, 7 July 1997, Stockholm
- 60 m hurdles (hall): 7.55 s, February 20, 1999, Prague
- Igor Kováč in the database of World Athletics (English)
- Igor Kováč in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
- gbrathletics.com: Czechoslovakian Championships
- gbrathletics.com: Slovakian Championships
- gbrathletics.com: Slovakian Indoor Championships
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Slovak athlete|
|DATE OF BIRTH||May 12, 1969|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Krompachy|