Blanka Had Achilles Tendon Surgery

Blanka Vlašić decided to solve her problems with her right Achilles tendon with surgery. „After my appearance at the high jump meeting in Split, doctors recommended surgery to solve the issue with my Achilles tendon and Haglund’s deformity, which has been bothering me for two years. To have as much time for the preparations for the Olympic Games as possible, I was on the operating table on Wednesday already. The surgery was performed by Dr. Janne Sarimo in Turku, Finland. The surgery went well, the doctor is very satisfied, and I am happy that the part of the bone, which has been irritating the Achilles tendon, has been removed. Now the next step is rehabilitation and then I hope we will have enough time for me to perform up to my potential this summer“, Blanka said a day after surgery....

Blanka passing the indoor season

Blanka Vlasic has decided to not compete until the end of the indoor season. „After Friday’s meet in my hometown Split I have decided to NOT continue this indoor season. This mean I will not go to the World Indoor Championships in Portland in March. I am in great physical shape. Perhaps the best I have ever been in. However I still have a problem with my right Achilles that is bordering me and I am not ready to take a risk that could jeopardize the Olympics in Rio this summer. This is of course the most important target for me this year. I practically jumped 1.95 on one leg on Friday and if I get everything in order in the same way as I did for the Worlds in Beijing last year I will be able to fly very high in Rio. I hope everyone understand my decision to not take any stupid risk when it is an Olympic year. Now I will together with my team start my preparation and rehab and be ready for the summer and Olympics in Rio“, Blanka said....

The Silver Is Like a Gold!

Despite all her success, and her undoubted talent, when Blanka Vlasic walked into the Bird’s Nest Stadium for the women’s high jump final, she couldn’t possibly foresee what was about to happen. The Croatian had endured the most tumultuous of summers, competing only twice after being hampered in the extreme by chronic pain in her right achilles tendon. As a result, she made the decision to compete in Beijing at the last possible moment. “I came here with a big insecurity,” she says. “I wasn’t confident at all. I couldn’t even train on my right leg, so I knew I have no right to expect anything.” Somehow, against all reasoning, the two-time world champion cleared 2.01m at the first attempt, going on to take a surprise silver medal. Just one failure at the earlier height of 1.92m separated Vlasic from eventual gold medallist Maria Kuchina. Afterwards, draped in a Croatian flag, with tears flooding her eyes, Vlasic tried to explain just how hard a road she’d travelled to get here. “At one point I couldn’t walk in the morning,” she said, referring to the pain caused by a bone growth which impinges on her achilles tendon. “It feels like a miracle. I trained every day but it was half rehab and half training. My high jump sessions were very painful, especially afterwards. Two months ago, I woke up one day and couldn’t walk.” Read MORE>>>...

Blanka: Can’t Wait to Return to the Bird’s Nest

Blanka Vlašić is heading to Beijing where she will participate in this year’s World Championship in athletics. Even though she pulled out of all competitions since this year’s Diamond League in New York, Blanka is very optimistic: “After the competition in New York, my team and I knew we didn’t have much time for my injury to heal completely, and in order to be able to participate in the world championship we had to balance between rehabilitation and development trainings. This entire period was extremely challenging and the fact that I am going to Beijing is already a big win for me. I know we did the very best we could considering the circumstances and that is why I am returning to the Bird’s nest calm and collected”, Blanka said just before departure. Blanka already has two gold medals from the World championships – Osaka 2007 and Berlin 2009 and one silver from Daegu 2011 and she is still the most successful high jumper in history of athletic world championships. She won silver medal in the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing at the 2008 Olympics. Qualification rounds are scheduled for August 27th while the finals will be held on August...

Blanka Vlasic pulls out of Lausanne and Monaco Diamond League meetings

Two-time world champion of high jump Blanka Vlasic has decided to skip Diamond League events in Lausanne and Monaco. The 31-year-old Croatian suffered a bad Achilles’ tendon and opted to rest it before the August 22-30 World Championships in Beijing. “Unfortunately I have to back out from the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on July 9 due to some upcoming problem with my right Achilles’ tendon,” said the former world champion in a statement. “I need to be careful not to risk anything serious before the World Championships in Beijing at the end of August. Now I will have the best possible treatment and hopefully I will be fit for fight soon,” she added. The 2007 and 2009 worlds winner and Olympic silver medalist in Beijing 2008 marked a personal best of 2.08 meters set in Zurich in 2009, but has not conquered higher than 2m so far this season. She had surgery on her left Achilles’ tendon before the London Olympic Games which cost her the whole season of 2012, and withdrawn from the 2013 worlds in Moscow as well as the 2014 European Championships in...

VIDEO: After Adidas GP Blanka Vows To Train Hard Through Worlds

Blanka Vlasic talks about her runner-up finish to Spain’s Ruth Beitia on missed attempts in the high jump at the adidas Grand Prix. Although she equaled her season best of 1.97m, she said she still is suffering from a shortage of jumps in training due to a knee injury nine months ago. Vlasic added that her plan is to continue training through Beijing to get stronger in time for the World Championships. Watch more videos on...

Vlasic buoyed in Rome

Blanka Vlasic cap her return to competition with a promising second place behind Spain’s Ruth Beitia at the IAAF Diamond League meeeting in Rome. Vlasic is looking towards excelling at the worlds, and after squeezing onto the podium with a jump of 1.97 — having taken three attempts to clear 1.94 — she was feeling buoyed enough to perform a funky dance for the crowd. But she admitted knee and Achilles problems have left her with plenty of work to do for Beijing. “I’m happy with my first competition because I had a lot of problems this spring with my knee and my Achilles. Today I came and saw what I need to do if I’m to reach the bigger heights. But I think there’s enough time this summer. Beijing is still far away so I will definitely continue with my season if everything goes well. But I will need some hard training, because this is what I’m missing”, she said. Read more HERE.    ...

Golden Gala: the queen is…Blanka Vlasic!

Blanka Vlasic will compete on the IAAF Diamond League Meeting in Rome on Thursday. She competed seven times in Rome and celebrated her five wins with her dances moving her hips. She also collected a second place behind an inspired Antonietta Di Martino and a third place. These are the results achieved by Blanka Vlasic at the Golden Gala. The criteria are the same used for the men’s title. Three points for the winner, two for the second placer, one for the third placer and a bonus of six points for the world record.  Blanka Vlasic scored a total of 18 points which crown the very tall Croatian jumper, who is nicknamed the Flamingo, as the queen of the Rome meeting where she set the meeting record with 2.03m, which she holds together with South African Hestrie Cloete, Russian Yelena Slesarenko and US Chaunte Lowe. Read more...

Blanka Vlasic pulls out of IDL Doha 2015

The IDL Doha 2015 will not feature the former High Jump World champion, Blanka Vlasic. Recuperation after a long term knee injury forced the Croatian star athlete to withdraw from this year’s IDL Doha edition and subsequently postpone her 2015 debut. “I’m very disappointed to miss the Doha meeting, a place I have great memories, courtesy of a World Indoor Championships gold medal in 2010 and four Diamond League wins. When the IDL 2015 event schedule was announced, I was eager to return to Qatar to reunite with my friends and fans there, but I’m afraid I cannot compete for them this year”, says Blanka. Blanka’s first appearance of the season could happen in Rome (June 4) or Birmingham (June 7).  ...

European Indoor in Prague has never been planned

Due to different interpretations of Blanka Vlasic’s participation or non-participation on the upcoming European Indoor Championships in Prague, Josko Vlasic recalls that this EICh has never been in Blanka’s plan for this winter. „European Indoor Championships in Prague has never been an option, as we have already said. Our main goal is to prepare Blanka for the upcoming long summer season and the World Championships in Beijing, and then do well the next winter and summer season, with the peak on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro“, said Blanka’s father and coach, briefly glancing Blanka’s state of health: “I can say that Blanka is physically in all the elements better and stronger than ever and we expect a lot of the summer season. Specifically, we expect significant improvement of the result. “  ...

Blanka on the seminar “Sport: much more than entertainment”

Blanka Vlašić took part on the event “Sport: much more than entertainment” Organised by the University of Rome and the Pontifical Council of the Laity, Vatican State. During the event, Alessandro Campagna, Vincenzo Cantatore, Ilario di Buò, Alessia Lucchini, Daniele Masala, Annalisa Minetti, Aldo Montano, Luca Pancalli, Abdon Pamich, Lorenzo Porzio, Santo Rullo, Nikolaus von Rupp, Vincenzo Mangiacapre, Massimo Tammaro and Blanka Vlašić told about successes, challenges to inspire the international community. Here is Blanka’s speech in Rome: “I grew up within a sporting family. Mum and dad were both keen on sport in their youth, and they actually met at university where they graduated in Physical Education. So, I can safely say that my ‘career path’ was ‘roughly’ defined even while I was still in the womb. My dad noticed my exceptional coordination skills, even before I took my first steps. In fact, I could crawl with remarkable speed. Very quickly our common leisure activities were reduced to spending time playing various sports and doing exercises, usually in the playground outside school, where through playing I managed to fine-tune my coordination movements, learning the basic gymnastic elements and how to catch and throw balls. As I said – through playing, but also taking on the challenge. My dad knew how to motivate me and help me maintain my concentration compared to kids my age of a few years who could barely hold their focus for longer than half an hour. Since he himself was an athlete, he simply knew all the characteristics needed to become a professional. These consist of far more than just physical abilities. The psychological...

“I’d like to attempt break the world record at Hanžek once again!”

Blanka Vlasić returned to the Hanžek meeting, following a three-year absence. Jumping over 193 centimetres and finishing second in the rain, leaving her very pleased with herself. “I was feeling great but it’s a shame we had such bad weather. I was ready for a good result. Unfortunately, after the third jump I felt my muscle tone and explosiveness decrease and I didn’t manage to keep warm. But when it rained the last time here, I jumped just 190 centimetres. Zagreb is a special venue for me – I’ve performed here at least ten times. The track is great, as well as the people, and I really feel good here, ” said Blanka and added: “I’d like to attempt break the world record at Hanžek once again!” Find the results HERE....

Blanka will miss the European Championship

Blanka will miss the European Championship in Zürich due to a painful knee, her father and coach Josko Vlasic said on Thursday. „Although the first training went well, during the next two, the pain has grown stronger and after the late exercise on Wednesday we decided to give up the competition,“ Josko Vlasic said. Vlasic said the injury was not „serious, but an inflammation of knee ligament“. „Blanka has to rest for four weeks and then start therapy and strengthening of the ligament“, Vlasic added....

Vlasic hopes to be in tune for something special

It is almost five years since Blanka Vlasic jumped her personal best of 2.08m in one of the summers of her life: she had just become a world champion and now a few weeks later she was attempting to break the world record as she reached a remarkable peak. Twelve months after that she won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona before silver followed at the World Championships. Then, darkness descended, as her career came to a halt. An operation on an Achilles tendon and an injury on her ankle meant she missed the major events in the summers of 2012 and 2013, and posed the question of whether she would return to her best, if return to a championship at all. But she has turned her life around to such an extent that Zurich is set to be treated to one of the great sights of modern athletics: the celebratory dancing routines of this brilliant Croatian when she has cleared the height she is aiming for. If that happens this week at the Letzigrund Stadium, it will be a moment packed with emotion for Vlasic, 30, because it will probably mean she is back on an athletics podium, and those days of despair would finally have found a happy ending. As she said to the IAAF last summer when she competed in the Diamond League before injury ruled her out of the World Championships in Moscow: “There were so many questions, they were like bugs in my head. And when you don’t get answers, you go searching for them and that can take you to some...

“It will be fun to be at DN Galan”

Two of athletics most popular stars, Blanka Vlasic and Emma Green, will compete in the high jump at DN Galan on 21 August. Blanka is back at elite level after a long struggle with injuries. She is currently ranked second in the world this year after two 2.00 metre jumps in Paris and London. – Stockholm Stadium is where I achieved the second best jump of my career when I broke the stadium record of 2.07 m at DN Galan in 2007. After the European Championships in Zurich it will be fun to be at DN Galan again and experience the special atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium. I always get such strong support from the fans whenever I jump in Sweden. Emma Green has also had injury problems but is now back on the international scene with a recent jump of 1.93m in London. – It feels good to get my outdoor season going and London was a positive start.  DN Galan is always one of the year’s high points and the spectators really know their high jump. It’s a competition I’m especially looking forward to. Both Blanka and Emma are strong personalities and crowd favourites at DN Galan. The two high jumpers have the same Swedish managers, Daniel Wessfeldt and Stina Funke. In recent years women’s high jump has often been the highlight of DN Galan and this year the discipline has moved back to its classical position at the Marathon Gate end of the arena.  The knowledgeable Stockholm spectators appreciate international athletics and the Olympic Stadium will be buzzing when Blanka and Emma lead the slow handclapping...

BLEACHER REPORT Spurs Target Nikola Vlasic: A Very Different Wonderkid Story

Hajduk Split youngster Nikola Vlasic is the newest exciting prospect coming of age and attracting attention of several major European clubs. But the 16-year-old’s path to stardom has been unique in the world of football. An ambitious dad would usually be the last person to make a reliable judgement on his kid’s potential. Of course, Josko Vlasic is not just any dad. He is a man obsessed with sports, training and harnessing young talents. And he has already made one world-conquering champion. A former decathlete, still the national record-holder in that discipline, is married to Venera Vlasic, who used to be a basketball player and a cross-country skier. But it is their daughter Blanka—named after the city of Casablanca, where Josko won the gold medal at the 1983 Mediterranean Games—who is the most famous athlete in the family. Maybe not for long. Blanka ranks second in the all-time high jump rankings, behind Stefka Kostadinova. She has won numerous trophies, including gold medals at two World Championships, silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the IAAF World Athlete of the Year award in 2010. She has tried to break Kostadinova’s long-standing record (2.09 m) so many times that everyone apart from her father probably lost count long ago, but she has stayed just one centimetre short. And yet her little brother Nikola, who came through the youth ranks of Hajduk Split, could be set to surpass Blanka’s sporting fame. If you were to believe their father Josko, that is—and perhaps you should… READ...

“The first part of the season was perfect!”

With her victory in London and a new jump over 200 cm, Blanka Vlašić concluded the first part of the summer season. Blanka’s father and coach Joško Vlašić is also very satisfied with Blanka’s performance so far: “This was the perfect first part of the season! The people would say 1 for 1. We accomplished everything that we had planned. You see, Blanka is at the forefront of the Diamond League, although she did not participate in the first two meetings, in Shanghai and Eugene. Besides, 200 cm in London, 200 cm in Paris, 198 cm in Oslo… All these results are extremely valuable. Even on occasions when her results were not as good, the reasons lay somewhere else, such as in Sollentuna’s extreme cold. Now Blanka has a three weeks’ break from competitions until the European Championships in Zürich. Of course, this break does not apply to practice. “We now have a very clear picture of everything and know what we have to do until Zürich. We see this as a period of rest from competitions after two thirds of the season, as we are also counting the winter part. What we have accomplished by these competitions and victories, and even the unsuccessful attempts to clear 201 or 202 centimetres, these are all things that ensure a positive transformation during practice. Not to mention that these jumps over two metres enabled Blanka to come just a little bit closer to the record set by Stefka Kostadinova, who cleared two metres 197 times. This is all very encouraging for Blanka. Based on this, we will complete three weeks of...

Blanka clears 200 cm again!

Clearing two meters in the first attempt led Blanka Vlašić to her fourth consecutive victory. This was her 164th jump over 200 cm, which she has attempted to clear at 105 competitions. At the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London she was also very close to 202 cm in all three attempts, but the bar unfortunately fell down three times. At the improvised competition venue Horse Guards Parade, Blanka felt excellent and cleared all heights up to 202 cm in the first attempt. Ruth Beitia from Spain won the second place with 196 cm, and Chaunte Lowe from USA won the third place with 193 cm. The results are available HERE. “I’m very happy to have concluded the first part of the season by clearing two metres. Especially because I cleared all heights in the first attempt, which indicates a step forward in the technical sense. Generally, I was a little more confident today, which could be seen at every height. I feel like the 202 cm were not unattainable either. It seems like this is the path which I must follow and be patient. Congratulations to all my competitors, especially Beitia who pushed me to two metres. I would also like to congratulate the organizers on an exceptional competition and excellent atmosphere,” said Blanka after her new big victory. Watch Blanka’s video statement HERE. Photos from Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games watch in Multimedia section. Blanka’s father and coach Joško Vlašić is also very satisfied with this outcome of her last competition before the European Championships: “This was the perfect first part of the season! We accomplished everything that we had...

Blanka takes first place in Glasgow

Blanka Vlašić won the Diamond League meeting in Glasgow, which is her second win this year. Our best high jump athlete won the first place by clearing 196 cm in the third attempt, leaving Inika McPherson from USA with the second and Ana Šimić with the third place, due to a result of 193 cm. Blanka also had three missed attempts to jump 201 cm, this year’s best world result. “I’m satisfied with the Diamond League win, that is always a great result. Especially because I now hold the first place in the overall standings. As regards the result, clearing 196 was excellent, everything really came into place, while at 201 cm I lacked some sharpness,” said Blanka after the new win. With this win, Blanka rose above Ana Šimić and Mariya Kuchina in the overall standings of the Diamond League and now, with 10 points, holds the leading position by herself. The new competition in Blanka’s schedule is the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games meeting in London, on 20th...

SPIKES: The Moves Like Blanka

Blanka Vlasic returned to top form with a 2.00m clearance and victory at Saturday’s Paris Diamond League, and it has now been FOURTEEN years since the 30-year-old won her first global title at the world juniors. SPIKES finds out what it’s like to win so much so young. What for many is a first outing on the global stage, was peanuts for Vlasic. At just 16, she competed at the Santiago 2000 World Junior Championships as an Olympian. “I was lucky to jump in the Sydney Olympics just before the world junior championships in Chile. That experience helped me a lot. I didn’t have stage fright, just a usual pre-competition jitters,” says Vlasic – the athlete who has united the arts of high jump and dance like few others. She jumped 1.92m at the Sydney Olympics and failed to make the final, but took gold with 1.91m at the world junior championships in Santiago de Chile a month later. “That gold medal for me and my team was a confirmation that we are on the right path. It gave me additional motivation to keep going, but also changed my life in terms of media exposure. Now when I think about, it was pretty much one of those moments in life that define your future. You don’t get many of those. I felt very proud wearing my team uniforms and being able to jump for my country. One of the best feelings is at the victory ceremony, when your national anthem is playing and every person needs to stand up for it. Even now, after all these years, it still...

DL News: Vlasic proves she’s not past it

The injury and illness trials and tribulations of former world champion Blanka Vlasic are well documented and so it was no surprise that she gotone of the biggest cheers of the night when she won the women’s high jump at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Paris on Saturday night. When she flew clear with her first attempt at 2.00m, the crowd roared, she squeezed out a tear or two before breaking into a smile, and it was no secret that everyone felt genuinely pleased for the woman who dominated the event for several years at the end of the last decade before the start of her problems. In the end, it was enough to triumph in the French capital. Russia’s world indoor champion Mariya Kuchina, almost 10 years younger than Vlasic, cleared an outdoor personal best of 2.00m on her third attempt but after both women brought the bar down three times at 2.02m, the night belonged to Vlasic. The statistics books say that it was Vlasic’s 104th competition over 2.00m or better, and her 163rd jump at 2.00m or better, but, notwithstanding her many successes on the global stage, few will have felt better to Vlasic. Watch Blanka’s video statement...

Second place and special acknowledgement for Blanka

Blanka Vlašić won second place at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. In her first performance of this season Blanka jumped 198 cm, just like the winner of the competition, Marija Kučina from Russia. Our Ana Šimić finished third with a jump of 195 cm. “Conditions for competing were very hard today, with the setting sun and overlap with the pole vault jumpers. But this is the first competition and that is very good for me. I’m not back to my full strength yet, I don’t know my capabilities, my form isn’t stable… However, I have these jumps over two metres and I am ready for them. By the way, the atmosphere was very stimulating, I love it when the audience participates, silence at the stadium makes me uncomfortable,” Blanka said after the competition. Blanka’s father and coach Joško Vlašić is extremely satisfied with her performance at the Bislett Stadium: “This is a very good result, and I am especially happy about the manner in which she mastered these 198 cm. Her three attempts at 195 cm, 198 cm, and at 201 cm are a great capital and the best way to get back into full shape. Such jumps in conditions as stressful as these are exactly what we need. Overall, this seems to be a lot better than the winter season jumps. Her jumps show potential. Second place in the Diamond League and outjumping Ana Čičerova… that is an admirable accomplishment. I think we are building a truly solid wall.”   View results of the high jump category HERE, and watch Blanka’s video statement HERE.   Blanka also...

Blanka: Of course I’m excited

Nine days before her return to the field at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Blanka Vlašić and her coaches talked about their expectations for the forthcoming summer season. “The season is already in full swing, I have been following all the events and of course I am very excited and eager. The girls have been jumping excellently, the Eugene meeting was particularly good, and I think that, regarding results, this will be the best high jump season in recent years. I am very happy to be starting in Oslo, at what will probably be the strongest high jump competition in recent years,” said Blanka, not wanting to hypothesise on the Oslo results. Interestingly enough, Blanka was the last high jumper to have jumped over two metres in Oslo in 2010, winning the event with 201 cm. “All I can say is that, during these ten weeks of training, I have fully regained and stabilised my jumping technique. What we have been doing during training can be said to have been quite bold! I am feeling great in every respect, and that is the most important announcement I can make for the forthcoming season,” Blanka added and commented on the excellent results of Ana Šimić: “All of it is the result of the excellent work she has been doing in recent years. Both she and her coach are top-notch people and they deserve everything that is happening to them now.” Blanka’s father and coach, Joško Vlašić, said that this late start to the season was exactly what Blanka needed after all the injury problems she had in the last...

The best female high jump athletes compete in Oslo!

  In her comeback appearance at the Diamond League meeting, Blanka Vlasic will compete inprobably the toughest high jump competition in recent years. The director of the meeting in Oslo, SteinarHoen, a former European high jump champion himself, welcomes today’s best athletes on11 June at theBislett stadium. Also, Oslo welcomes the current holders of all major high jump titles: Olympic Champion – Anna Chicherova (personal record 207 cm), World Champion – Svetlana Shkolina (203 cm), World Indoor Champion from Sopot – Kamila Licwinko (200 cm – indoor) and Mariya Kuchina (201 cm), European Champion – Ruth Beitia (202 cm) and World Junior Champion – Alessia Trost (200 cm – indoor), and of course, not forgetting the current winner of the Continental Cup – Blanka Vlasic (208 cm). This, however, is not all. Together with Blanka, there will also be one other comeback at the Diamond League. Chaunté Lowe (205 cm), the World Indoor Champion in 2012, returned to jumping at the end of April after becoming a mother for the third time, and managed a height of 196 cm, which is currently the world’s best result outdoors. The spectacular starting list in Oslo concludes with Irina Gordeeeva, who hasn’t yet gained a gold medal, but whose personal record stands at 204 cm… Frankly, it is difficult to remember a time you could see as many as nine high jump athletes competing in one place, who have all jumped over two metres within their career. If Steinar Hoen’s idea becomes reality, we will see them in Oslo on 11 June. Interestingly, it has been a while since Oslo has witnessed...

Blanka features in Oslo

Blanka Vlasic will make her first appearance of summer 2014 at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Oslo on June 11. Eight days later sees Blanka compete at the High Jump meeting in Buhl, a competition where last year, she successfully jumped 200 cm. Blanka plans to complete her jumping season on September 14 at the Continental Cup in Marrakech, the second edition of the competition which had its premiere in 2010 in Split. The most important competition of the season is the European Championships in Zurich, from 12 to 17 August. The complete schedule and results of Blanka’s appearances in 2014 can be found HERE....

Blanka supports the homeless

Blanka Vlasic, in the company of Ana and Lucija Zaninović, football players of Hajduk Split and RNK Split together with basketball players of KK Split, took part in a worthwhile campaign to donate food and hygiene supplies to a shelter for the Homeless Association of Split (MoST). The campaign initiated by the Split branch of the Croatian Sports Journalists Association entitled “1 ton of food for the homeless of Split” managed to successfully gather an amount of food and hygiene supplies in excess of 20,000...

“You’re completely healthy”

Blanka Vlasic returned from Carlow (Ireland), where the renowned therapist Anthony Geoghegan successfully completed the last treatment on the Achilles tendon. “Even after four days of shock-wave treatment Anthony told me “you’re perfectly fit, there are no signs of trauma to the tendon.” So, no more and no need for this type of treatment and now I’ve got my training to strengthen the Achilles tendon and muscle. I’ll remain in contact with Anthony but glad the problems with the Achilles tendon are now in the past” said Blanka after returning from Ireland. Blanka will now take a short rest, followed by two stages of four weeks of preparation and a return to jumping arena in May, when the series begin at this year’s Diamond League meeting.  ...

Blanka ranks 6th place in Sopot

Blanka Vlasic was ranked sixth place in the high jump at the World Indoor Championships in Sopot. Our best high jumper, skipped over the bar at her first attempt at a height of 185 cm, the second jumping over 190 cm, then at the first attempt she successfully jumped 194 cm. After that, she failed to jump 197 cm a further three times. Gold jumped with 200 cm in the first attempt split Russian Maria Kučina and Pole Kamila Lićwinko. Statements by Blanka Vlasic and Joško, after World Indoor Championships in Sopot can be seen in the video gallery of our website. The gold medal was shared by Russian Maria Kučina and Kamila Lićwinko from Poland at their first attempt with a height of 200 cm. Following the World Indoor Championships in Sopot, statements by Blanka Vlašić and Joško can been seen in the video section of our website.  ...

Blanka jumps over 200 cm and wins in Prague!

Blanka Vlasic jumped over 200 cm winning the athletics meeting in Prague. At this meeting, by successfully jumping five times, Blanka achieved her best results this season jumping 185, 190 and 197 cm at the first attempt, then the second jump of 194 cm and 200 cm for the third. Blanka tried to jump 202 cm and set a world best this season but unfortunately the height of bar, this time seemed to be too high to achieve. This was the 103rd competition in which our best high jumper exceeded two metres and a total of 162 jumps over a bar height of 200 cm. Second place deservedly went to Ana Šimić with a jump of 190...