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Milorad "Milo" Čavić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Чавић, pronounced [mîloraːd tʃǎːʋitɕ]; born May 31, 1984) is a Serbian former professional swimmer.

Milorad Čavić
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Čavić at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s)Čavke, Čava, Majkula, Mike, Milo
National team Yugoslavia (2000–03)
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia (2006–12)
Born (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984 (age 35)
Anaheim, California, United States
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubJSD Partizan
College teamUniversity of California, Berkeley


Swimming careerEdit

Born in Anaheim, California and a citizen of both Serbia and the United States, he attended Tustin High School in California, where he set four CIF records and a national high school mark in the 50 yd freestyle.[1] While swimming for the University of California, Berkeley and training with Mike Bottom, Čavić set a new school and Pac-10 record in the 100 yd butterfly (45.44 s).

Representing Serbia and Montenegro at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Dublin 2003, Čavić won the gold medal in 100 m butterfly and set a new world record in the short course. He also won a silver medal in 50 m freestyle. Čavić defended his European 100 m title on subsequent short-course championships in Helsinki 2006 (finishing 50.63), Debrecen 2007 (finishing at 50.53) and Rijeka 2008 (finishing at 49.19 and setting a new European record).[2] He also took silver on 50 m butterfly in Rijeka.[3]

On December 14, 2007 Čavić defended his European championship in the 100 m butterfly in Helsinki, finishing at 50.63 seconds. On December 14, 2007, the sprinter defended his European championship again in the 100 m butterfly in Debrecen, finishing at 50.53 seconds.

In 2008, Čavić won the European championship in the 50 m butterfly, setting the new European record (23.11) in Eindhoven, Holland – a result briefly[citation needed] quashed when the European Swimming Federation (LEN) immediately disqualified the swimmer for wearing a T-shirt at the medals ceremony that read "Kosovo is Serbia".[4]

At the end of the year, he was declared the best Serbian athlete.

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Čavić won gold in the 50 m butterfly [5] and broke the 100 m butterfly world record in the semifinals finishing in 50.01 seconds.[6] In the finals Čavić won silver with time of 49.95. In that final, Both Cavic and winner Phelps became the first two swimmers to swim the 100 fly under 50 seconds.

He missed competitions in 2010 due to spinal surgery.[7]

Olympic Committee of Serbia (and Montenegro) proclaimed him sportsman of the year three times, 2003, 2008 and 2009.[8]

In 2012 (May 26, 2012), he won gold medal at 2012 European Aquatics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, in 100 meters butterfly, setting the best time in the world in 2012 and new championship record – 51.45 seconds.

Olympic careerEdit

2000 Sydney Summer Olympic GamesEdit

At the age of 16, Čavić represented Yugoslavia at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in the 100 m butterfly (disqualified) and 100 backstroke – 42nd – 58.25 s.[9]

Event Results Time
100 m butterfly DSQ
100 m backstroke 42nd 58.25

2004 Athens Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Čavić represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the 100 m butterfly, 50 m freestyle and the 100 m freestyle.

Event Results Time
100 m butterfly Semifinal ranking – 16th 53.12
50 m freestyle Heats ranking – 31st 23.05
100 m freestyle Heats ranking – 19th 49.74

Čavić was leading in a semifinal of the 100 metre butterfly, but right after the turn at the halfway point of the race, his suit opened at the neck and sucked in water, causing Čavić to finish last. In the heats of the 100 metre freestyle, Čavić finished 19th missing the semi-finals by 0.02 seconds.

Čavić trained at The Race Club, a swimming club founded by Olympic swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and his father, Gary Hall, Sr. The Race Club, originally known as "The World Team," was designed to serve as a training group for elite swimmers across the world in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. To be able to train with the Race Club, one must either have been ranked in the top 20 in the world the past 3 calendar years or top 3 in their nation in the past year. The Race Club included such well known swimmers as Roland Mark Schoeman, Mark Foster, Ryk Neethling, Ricky Busquet and Therese Alshammar.[10] The Race Club offers various swimming camps, swim clinics, and swimming technique video recording year round for young swimmers at their Islamorada, Florida based training center.[11]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Čavić on a 2009 Serbian stamp

Čavić represented Serbia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China in two swimming events. Even though he qualified for the 100 metre freestyle semi-final Čavić withdrew in order to prepare for the 100 metre butterfly.

On August 14, 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Čavić broke the 100 meter butterfly Olympic Record during the preliminary heats, finishing ahead of Michael Phelps and also recorded the fastest time in the semi-finals. Čavić came in second to Phelps by 1/100 of a second in the final, which was also the first medal for Serbia. It was Phelps' seventh gold medal of the Games. The Serbian team initially challenged the result but FINA later confirmed the finish. Čavić later wrote in his blog: "People, this is the greatest moment of my life. If you ask me, it should be accepted and we should move on. I’ve accepted defeat, and there’s nothing wrong with losing to the greatest swimmer there has ever been".[12]

Čavić continued training at The Race Club.[10]

2012 London Summer Olympic GamesEdit

Čavić represented Serbia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, deciding that this would be his last competition, and he would retire from the sport afterwards. He qualified for the 100 meter butterfly final but did not win a medal, finishing tied for fourth place.

Honours and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Scott M. Reid, 'Controversial O.C. Serb could spoil Phelps' gold rush'. Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine The Orange County Register. August 14, 2008
  2. ^ "Čavić wins gold, sets new record". December 13, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "Čavić takes another medal in Croatia". December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "Kazna Čaviću bruka Evrope" [Cavic's sentence, shame for Europe]. Blic (in Serbian). March 22, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Andrew Dampf (July 27, 2009). "Cavic wins 50 fly and warns Phelps for 100". USA Today. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Swimming: Phelps sees another record go". CNN. July 31, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  7. ^ Milorad Cavic May Withdraw From European Championships. (2010-06-10). Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  8. ^ Trofej OKS – Najuspešniji sportisti.
  9. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Milorad Čavić". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  10. ^ a b The World Team. The Race Club. Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  11. ^ Swim Camps | The Race Club | Swimming Technique, Swimming Training Program, Florida Swim Camps, Summer Swim Camps. The Race Club. Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  12. ^ Christopher Clarey, 'Cavic Finds a Personal Triumph in the Narrowest of Defeats'. New York Times. August 16, 2008

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