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Velimir Stjepanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Велимир Стјепановић; born 7 August 1993) is a Serbian swimmer.

Velimir Stjepanović
Personal information
Nickname(s)Velja
Nationality Serbia
Born (1993-08-07) August 7, 1993 (age 26)
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubPartizan

Youth and Junior CareerEdit

Born in Abu Dhabi, to Bosnian Serb parents, he chose to represent Serbia in the international swimming competitions. The Serbian youngster started swimming when he was barely six, mainly for fitness. However, by the time he was 12 his path crossed with that of coach Chris Tidey, who had relocated to Dubai from Cambridge. After a brief six-month training regimen under Tidey, Stjepanović won his first medal, a bronze, at a competition in England. He also studied in one of GEMS schools.

Velimir competed at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival. He won a gold medal in 100m Butterfly and silver in 100m Freestyle. At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, he was a Serbian flagbearer and won 2 medals, silver in 100m Freestley and bronze in 100m Butterfly therefore Olympic Committee of Serbia has declared him for the best young athlete in 2010.[1] Stjepanović won gold medals in the 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the 2011 European Junior Swimming Championships.

Senior careerEdit

2011Edit

He represented Serbia at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai,[2] where he competed in 100 and 400 meters freestyle and 200 meters butterfly. At the European Short Course Swimming Championships held in Szczecin he came 5th in final of 200m butterfly.[3]

2012Edit

Stjepanović competed at the 2012 European Aquatics Championships and took 5th place in Men's 200m Butterfly Final. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he finished 6th of Men's 200m Butterfly Final. In the preliminary round he broke the Serbian national record and qualified for the semi finals with the 3rd time overall.

2013Edit

At the 2013 Mediterranean Games held in Mersin, Turkey he won the gold medal in 200m and 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly. Stjepanović competed at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships and qualified for the semi final of 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly while he finished 18th in the 400m freestyle. In the end of the year Stjepanović won gold medal in 200m butterfly and bronze in 400m freestyle and finished 5th in 200m freestyle at the 2013 European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Career best timesEdit

Event Time Record Meet
Long course
100 m freestyle 48.50 2016 Euro Meet
200 m freestyle 1:45.78 NR 2014 European Championships
400 m freestyle 3:45.66 NR 2014 European Championships
200m butterfly 1:54.99 NR 2012 Olympic Games

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2010-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Cameron, Neil (19 July 2011). "Size matters for Dubai swimmer Stjepanovic as he heads for Shangha". The National. UAE.
  3. ^ TANJUG, Agencija (10 December 2011). "Stjepanović peti na 200 metara leptir". Kurir. SRB.

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