Jolanda Čeplak

Jolanda Batagelj (previously known as Jolanda Čeplak About this soundpronounced  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.

Jolanda Čeplak
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Representing  Slovenia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens 800 m
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2004 Budapest 800 m
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Munich 800 m
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2002 Vienna 800 m
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Birmingham 800 m

Running careerEdit

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.[1] Čeplak said that she has never taken any illegal substances and would try to prove her innocence with all means possible.[2] She received a two-year suspension, and returned to competition in July 2009.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

After a divorce from Aleš Čeplak in 2007, she married a triple jumper Andrej Batagelj from Nova Gorica in 2009. They live in Celje.

Major achievementsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ceplak fails doping test for EPO". 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-07-26.
  2. ^ "World champion runner tests positive for EPO". 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-07-27.
  3. ^ "After Two Year Suspension, Ceplak Makes Modest Return". July 29, 2009. Archived from the original on August 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-22. She finished her international career in September 2009.

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Preceded by
  Christine Wachtel
Women's 800 m Indoor World Record Holder
March 3, 2002 – present
Succeeded by