The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Serbian Athletes of all time. This list of famous Serbian Athletes is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Serbian Athletes.
With an HPI of 47.90, Vera Nikolić is the most famous Serbian Athlete. Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages on wikipedia.
Vera Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Вера Николић; 23 September 1948 – 28 June 2021) was a Serbian middle-distance runner, who competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, and later coach. She had her best achievements in the 800 m event, in which she won European titles in 1966 and 1971 and set a world record, 2:00.5, on 20 July 1968 holding it until 11 July 1971. She came to the 1968 Olympics as a favorite, but due to the pressure of being the favorite she gave up her semifinal – after leading it for 300 m she suddenly stepped off the track, walked back to the start, sat down and took off her shoes. She set her personal best in 800 m in finishing fifth in the final at 1972 Olympics.Nikolić received a Golden Badge of Sport, award for the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1966.
With an HPI of 44.17, Zvonimir Vujin is the 2nd most famous Serbian Athlete. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Zvonimir "Zvonko" Vujin (23 July 1943 – 8 December 2019) was a Serbian amateur boxer. He competed in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics for Yugoslavia and won bronze medals on both occasions. In 1967 he won a silver medal at the European championships and a gold at the Mediterranean Games. He died on 8 December 2019 in his hometown, Zrenjanin.
With an HPI of 41.76, Nenad Stekić is the 3rd most famous Serbian Athlete. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Nenad Stekić (Serbian Cyrillic: Ненад Стекић; 7 March 1951 – 18 July 2021) was a Serbian and Yugoslav long jumper, best known for his European record of 8.45 metres, second only to Bob Beamon's world record at the time.
With an HPI of 39.28, Jasna Šekarić is the 4th most famous Serbian Athlete. Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Jasna Šekarić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јасна Шекарић; born 17 December 1965) is a Serbian sport shooter, considered as one of the most successful female shooters in ISSF history. She has won a total of five Olympic medals: one gold, three silvers and one bronze. She has also won three World Championship gold medals in the 10 m air pistol, in addition to five European Championship gold medals she won in the 10 m air pistol and 25 m pistol. In 1992, she lost the Olympic gold medal to Marina Logvinenko despite having the same score. She is one of only six shooters (by 2012) to compete in at least seven Olympic Games.
With an HPI of 37.89, Ivana Španović is the 5th most famous Serbian Athlete. Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Ivana Vuleta (née Španović; Serbian Cyrillic: Ивана Вулета, née Шпановић, [ʃpǎːnoʋit͡ɕ]; born 10 May 1990) is a Serbian long jumper, two-time World indoor champion, three times European indoor champion and reigning European champion. In 2013, Vuleta became the first Serbian track and field athlete to win a medal at the IAAF Outdoor World Championships. In 2018, she became the first Serbian track and field athlete to win a world senior gold medal at the IAAF Indoor World Championships. She is the Serbian record holder in the long jump, indoors and outdoors, and also she is the national indoor record holder in the 60 metres and in the pentathlon. Her coach is Goran Obradović and she is a member of the Vojvodina Athletic Club, based in Novi Sad.
With an HPI of 35.19, Dragutin Topić is the 6th most famous Serbian Athlete. His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
Dragutin Topić (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгутин Топић, born 12 March 1971 in Belgrade, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Serbian former high jumper.
With an HPI of 32.20, Milica Mandić is the 7th most famous Serbian Athlete. Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Milica Mandić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милица Мандић, born 6 December 1991) is a Serbian taekwondo athlete. She is a two-time Olympic champion in the +67 kg category, as well as World champion in the same category.
With an HPI of 31.40, Natasa Dusev-Janics is the 8th most famous Serbian Athlete. Her biography has been translated into 24 different languages.
Natasa Dusev-Janics (Serbian: Nataša Dušev-Janić, Serbian Cyrillic: Наташа Душев-Јанић; born 24 June 1982) is a Hungarian sprint canoer who has competed for Hungary since 2001 and has won six Olympic medals in the sprint canoe events.
With an HPI of 30.46, Filip Filipović is the 9th most famous Serbian Athlete. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Filip Filipović (Serbian Cyrillic: Филип Филиповић; born 2 May 1987) is a Serbian water polo player. He was a member of the Serbia men's national water polo teams that won bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and gold medals in 2016 and 2020. He also held the world title in 2009 and 2015 and the European title in 2003, 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. He was named Most Valuable Player at the 2011 World Championships. He was also voted as the male water polo "World Player of the Year" in 2011, 2014 and 2021 by the FINA magazine. He played for Pro Recco in Italy and won three LEN Champions League and three LEN Super Cup with them. Currently, he plays for Olympiacos. Filipović was given the honour to carry the national flag of Serbia at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, becoming the 26th water polo player to be a flag bearer at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics.
With an HPI of 30.37, Duško Pijetlović is the 10th most famous Serbian Athlete. His biography has been translated into 19 different languages.
Duško Pijetlović (Serbian Cyrillic: Душко Пијетловић; 25 April 1985) is a Serbian water polo center forward for VK Novi Beograd. He was a member of the Serbia men's national water polo teams that won Olympic gold medals in 2016 and 2020, and bronze medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He held the world title in 2009 and 2015 and the European title in 2006, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. Pijetlović won three consecutive Euroleague titles with three teams: in 2011 with Partizan in 2012 with Pro Recco and in 2013 with Crvena Zvezda.
Pantheon has 18 people classified as athletes born between 1943 and 1991. Of these 18, 15 (83.33%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living athletes include Jasna Šekarić, Ivana Španović, and Dragutin Topić. The most famous deceased athletes include Vera Nikolić, Zvonimir Vujin, and Nenad Stekić. As of April 2022, 5 new athletes have been added to Pantheon including Nenad Stekić, Slobodan Soro, and Slobodan Nikić.
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