Vanja Perišić

Vanja Perišić (born July 5, 1985 in Split) is a Croatian middle distance runner, who specialized in the 800 metres.[1] Perisic represented Croatia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she competed for the women's 800 metres. She ran in the third heat of the event, against six other athletes, including Kenya's Pamela Jelimo, who eventually won the gold medal in the final. She finished the race in sixth place by seventy-one hundredths of a second (0.71) behind Mauritius' Annabelle Lascar, with a time of 2:06.82. Perišić, however, failed to advance into the semi-finals, as she placed thirty-fifth overall, and was ranked farther below three mandatory slots for the next round.[2]

Vanja Perišić
Personal information
Nationality Croatia
Born (1985-07-05) 5 July 1985 (age 36)
Split, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4+12 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
Event(s)800 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m: 2:00.21 (2008)

On April 29, 2009, Perišić was among the Olympic non-medal winners, who tested positive for Cera, an advanced version of endurance-enhancing hormone EPO.[3][4]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Vanja Perišić". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Women's 800m Round 1 – Heat 3". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 21 August 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Croatian Athlete Perisic Failed Beijing Test". Dalje. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Ramzi stripped of Olympic title". BBC Sport. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2012.

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