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Blanka VLASIC (born 8 November 1983) is a Croatian athlete who specialises in the high jump.
She is the Croatian record holder in the event, and the former indoor World Champion.
The daughter of Croatian decathlon record holder Josko Vlasic, she was a talented junior athlete
and attended her first Olympic Games in 2000 Sydney at the age of sixteen.
She won the World Junior Championships in Athletics in both 2000 and 2002.
Vlasic broke her national record in 2004 and also won her first world senior medal
at the World Indoor Championships that year. A hyperthyroid condition hindered her second Olympic
appearance in Athens and she spent the 2005 season recuperating from surgery.
She returned in 2006, taking the silver at the World Indoor Championships.
The 2007 season signalled a strong run of form: she won at the 2007 World Championships,
became the indoor world champion in 2008 and her winning streak came to an end
with a narrow loss at the Beijing Olympics, where she took silver.
She became World Champion for a second time in 2009.
She ranks second in the all-time high jump rankings, behind Stefka Kostadinova.
After left foot surgery, 1st AREVA MEETING PARIS DIAMOND LEAGUE (2014)
Ranking 2018:IAAF World Athlete of the Year 2010
European Athlete of the Year Trophy (2007,2010)
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