Blanka Vlašić, the four-time IAAF World Champion and second-best high jumper in history, will return to competition at the adidas Grand Prix in NYC on May 25 after missing the entire 2012 season to injury, she announced on her website.
“I am excited and eager to start competing,” said Vlašić from her hometown of Split, Croatia. “It has now been 14 months since I had my foot surgery. I had a few setbacks but the last six months my rehab and training have gone really well. It is with great motivation I am able to do what I love the most –to compete in the big meets. I have been able to recover and prepare myself with good and careful training and I really look forward to starting up at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League meeting in NYC on May 25.”
Vlašić, 29, made her U.S. debut at the adidas Grand Prix in 2011, but underwent surgery to repair her Achilles tendon in January 2012 and, after complications that included a bacterial infection. Her most recent competition was on September 16, 2011.
In 2010, Vlašić was undefeated in Diamond League competition, ranked #1 in the world for the fourth consecutive time, and was named the IAAF Female Athlete of the Year. She is the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, and between June 24, 2007 and Aug. 23, 2008 posted a 34-meet winning streak. Her personal best of 2.08 meters/6 feet, 9.75 inches, set in 2009, is only one centimeter off the 24-year-old world record.