Jolanda Batagelj (previously known as Jolanda Čeplak pronounced (help·info) until 2002, born Jolanda Steblovnik on September 12, 1976) is a Slovenian middle distance athlete. She was born in Celje and lived in Velenje until briefly moving to Monaco. She has lived in Celje since.
|2004 Athens||800 m|
|World Indoor Championships|
|2004 Budapest||800 m|
|2002 Munich||800 m|
|European Indoor Championships|
|2002 Vienna||800 m|
|2007 Birmingham||800 m|
In her early career, she did not specialise, and ran at many distances. She later settled on the 800 metres where she found relative success on the IAAF Golden League circuit, despite having to compete against Maria de Lurdes Mutola, who went unbeaten at all major championships from 1999 until the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Her most successful season was 2002. On March 2 at the European Indoor Championships in Vienna she beat local favourite Stephanie Graf and set the indoor world record at 1:55.82. In the same year at the European Championships in Munich she became the European champion.
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Čeplak finished very strongly in the 800 m but could not quite catch winner Kelly Holmes and finished with exactly the same time as Hasna Benhassi. A photo-finish showed her in third-place, winning the bronze medal.
PED use and suspensionEdit
On 18 June 2007, Čeplak tested positive on erythropoietin. On 26 July, IAAF announced that the B test confirmed the result of the A test. Čeplak said that she has never taken any illegal substances and would try to prove her innocence with all means possible. She received a two-year suspension, and returned to competition in July 2009.
- "Ceplak fails doping test for EPO". bbc.co.uk. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
- "World champion runner tests positive for EPO". cbc.ca. 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
- "After Two Year Suspension, Ceplak Makes Modest Return". thefinalsprint.com. July 29, 2009. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-22. She finished her international career in September 2009.