The Slovenia Times

First Slovenian Athlete to Set World Record Dies


The Slovenian sports hall-of-famer made her name in track in the late 1950s and 1960s, competing in the 80 metres hurdles and the pentathlon.

Stamejčič Pokovec set a world record in the hurdles, crossing the line in 10.5 seconds in a meeting in Celje on 5 September 1964.

This took place after she returned home as the best Yugoslav athlete competing in the Tokyo Olympics only weeks earlier.

At the Games she finished fifth in the pentathlon, missing out on a medal by a mere 156 points with a score of 4,790 points.

The 18-time national champion went on to retire soon after due to a knee injury.

Stamejčič Pokovec was given the Bloudek Award for lifetime achievement in sport in 1985 and was inducted into the Slovenian Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.


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