In New York Blanka Vlasic proved once again that she is the Queen of the high jump as she won her event by jumping 6ft 4.25 inches. Blanka’s friend and Croatian gold medalist of the javelin throw, Sandra Perkovic set two records in her event with a toss of 210 ft (64meters) for the meet record, on the 5th try Sandra threw a world leading record 224 ft and 8 inches. Go ladies!
Previous World Champion and silver Olympic medalist Blanka Vlasic was competing for the first time in almost two years at the Adidas Grand Prix, in NY, May 25th. The AGP puts on world class athletes to compete in the biggest track and field event of its kind in New York and the East Cost.
“This is the second part of my career,” said the graceful, modest past champion during her press conference, before her 1st competitive meet in 20 months as she recovers from her surgically intervened injury in the area of her ankle/Achilles.
“I’m grateful to be back, to have another opportunity to compete in the sport I love. The process of recovery after an injury has many dimensions besides the physical healing aspect of it. There’s an anxiety that comes along for the ride and it changes your body. One begins to think whether a full recovery will take place and so on. My ankle bone is 90 percent healed. In the recovery process I took so many steps backward so that I can move forward again. I even tried a modified approach to my jump only to go back to my original style. This is what happens on the road back. Adidas were nice enough to redesign a new shoe for me, a softer, raised heal. When you’re healthy everything is possible, that is what I learned during my recovery,” said the dedicated successful world class athlete.
Blanka’s coach Bojan Marinovic was by her side. “We have been working together so as to return Blanka to her best possible form. This is the first step towards what will be most important, the world championships taking place in Moscow mid-August. Before that, Blanka will compete in Rome in early June and Oslo on June 13th,” said the soft spoken but focused coach. Ivana Brkljacic, the former hammer thrower and world stage competitive athlete was also on hand to support Blanka. Blanka also has a new sponsor, Studena (water) of Podravka, this helps the many expenses that a track and field athletes incur.
In New York Blanka proved once again that she is the Queen of the high jump as she won her event by jumping 6ft 4.25 inches. Blanka’s friend and Croatian gold medalist of the javelin throw, Sandra Perkovic set two records in her event with a toss of 210 ft (64meters) for the meet record, on the 5th try Sandra threw a world leading record 224 ft and 8 inches. Go ladies!
Blanka Vlasic is a thoughtful, modest, positively spirited athlete with lots of competitive spirit still needing to come out, we wish her well on her comeback journey. “I’m also grateful to my family, friends, fans and supporters who have helped me through this process.”