List of Yugoslav Olympic medalists

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Leon Štukelj was the most successful Yugoslav Olympic athlete.

The Yugoslav Olympic medalists are athletes who has competed and won medals for various Yugoslav entities at the Summer and Winter Olympic games between 1920 and 1988. While being part of Yugoslavia, athletes represented two distinct national entities; the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1920–1936) and the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1948–1988). Yugoslavia was a multinational state with six constitutive ethnic groups (Bosniaks, Croatians, Macedonians, Montenegrins, Serbs and Slovenes), and significant ethnic minorities in Vojvodina (Hungarians) and Kosovo (Albanians). Before the formation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1918, athletes from the region mostly represented Austria or Hungary, with the sole exception being the 1912 Summer Olympics when a small team of two athletes competed for the Kingdom of Serbia.

Athletes, who has represented Yugoslavia, has won a total of 52 individual Olympic medals (16 gold, 16 silver and 20 bronze) between 1920 and 1988. The majority were won at the Summer Olympics, with only three medals (two silver and one bronze) won at the Winter Olympics. Leon Štukelj has won the most individual Olympic medals with three gold, one silver and one bronze in gymnastics. He was also part of the bronze medal winning men's gymnastics team during the 1928 Summer Olympics, making him the most successful Yugoslav athlete in history. Gymnast Miroslav Cerar is the only other athlete with more than one individual gold medal, having won a total of two gold and one bronze medals. Đurđica Bjedov is the most successful female Yugoslav athlete with one gold and one silver medals in swimming, followed by Jasna Šekarić with one gold and one bronze in shooting and Mateja Svet who has won a silver medal in alpine skiing.

In team events, Yugoslavia has won a total of 35 Olympic medals (10 gold, 16 silver and nine bronze). The most successful team was the men's water polo team, with a combined total of seven medals (three gold and four silver). Similary successful were the men's handball team (two gold, one bronze) and the men's football and basketball teams with five medals each (one gold, three silver and one bronze). Women's teams shared similar success with the women's handball team winning one gold and one silver and the women's basketball team with one silver and one bronze medals. The only Yugoslav team with a medal from the Winter Olympics was the men's ski jumping team that won silver at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Olympic medalists[edit]

Individual[edit]

A topless well-fit male in his late thirties.
Stane Derganc has won a total of two bronze medals in gymnastics.
A Black and Caucasian male boxers in a ring and fighting against each other, with a stand full of spectators in the background.
Mate Parlov (right) has won Yugoslav first Olympic gold medal in boxing.
A laughing middle-aged woman with a flower bouquet and a medal around her neck, wearing a Serbia national team tracksuit.
Jasna Šekarić is one of only two Yugoslav female athletes with an individual Olympic gold medal.

The ranking in this table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes have won in individual competitions. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If athletes are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed chronologically, as when the medals have been won.

Key
Female athlete
WinterEvent Part of the Winter Olympics
Rank Name Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Stukelj, LeonLeon Štukelj[A–1] Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 3 1 1 5
2 Cerar, MiroslavMiroslav Cerar Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 2 0 1 3
3 Bjedov, DurdicaĐurđica Bjedov Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 1 1 0 2
3 Trstena, ShabanShaban Trstena Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 1 0 2
4 Simić, BranislavBranislav Simić Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 0 1 2
4 Ljubek, MatijaMatija Ljubek[B–1] Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 1 0 1 2
4 Sekaric, JasnaJasna Šekarić Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 1 0 1 2
6 Parlov, MateMate Parlov Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 0 0 1
6 Petković, MomirMomir Petković Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 0 0 1
6 Kačar, SlobodanSlobodan Kačar Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 0 0 1
6 Josipović, AntonAnton Josipović Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1 0 0 1
6 Lisjak, VladoVlado Lisjak Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 1 0 0 1
6 Maksimović, GoranGoran Maksimović Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 1 0 0 1
7 Martinović, BranislavBranislav Martinović Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 1 1 2
8 Primožič, JosipJosip Primožič[A–1] Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 0 1 0 1
8 Gubijan, IvanIvan Gubijan Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 0 1 0 1
8 Mihalić, FranjoFranjo Mihalić Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 0 1 0 1
8 Horvat, StevanStevan Horvat Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 1 0 1
8 Čorak, JosipJosip Čorak Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 1 0 1
8 Kačar, TadijaTadija Kačar Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 1 0 1
8 Frgić, IvanIvan Frgić Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 1 0 1
8 Franko, JureJure Franko Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine Skiing WinterEvent 0 1 0 1
8 Redžepovski, RedžepRedžep Redžepovski Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 1 0 1
8 Janić, MilanMilan Janić Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 0 1 0 1
8 Memišević, RefikRefik Memišević Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 1 0 1
8 Svet, MatejaMateja Svet Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine Skiing WinterEvent 0 1 0 1
9 Vujin, ZvonimirZvonimir Vujin Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 0 2 2
9 Sejdi, SabanŠaban Sejdi Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 0 2 2
10 Derganc, StaneStane Derganc[A–1] Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 0 0 1 1
10 Nenadić, MilanMilan Nenadić Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 0 1 1
10 Rusevski, AceAce Rusevski Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 0 1 1
10 Obadov, SlavkoSlavko Obadov Judo pictogram.svg Judo 0 0 1 1
10 Kovačević, RadomirRadomir Kovačević Judo pictogram.svg Judo 0 0 1 1
10 Puzović, MirkoMirko Puzović Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 0 1 1
10 Salihu, AzizAziz Salihu Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 0 1 1
10 Tertei, JožefJožef Tertei Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 0 0 1 1
10 Debelak, MatjažMatjaž Debelak[C–1] Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski Jumping WinterEvent 0 0 1 1
10 Skaro, DamirDamir Škaro Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 0 0 1 1

Medals per region[edit]

The table shows the number of individual Yugoslav Olympic medals, won per region. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes have won per region in individual competitions. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If regions are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed chronologically, as when the medals have been won (athletes who have won Olympic medals are listed below alphabetically). Regions used are the Socialist Republics that were in use in Yugoslavia from 1944 until 1991 and the breakup of the country. All six Socialist Republics have since become fully independent nations and are members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The table uses place of birth of the athletes to determine the number of medals per region and not their nationality or ethnic group.

Rank Region Most successful sport
(number of medals)
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics (10) 5 4 4 13
2 Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling (10) 4 5 9 18
3 Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling (3) 4 4 3 11
4 Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing (3) 2 1 1 4
5 Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling (4) 1 2 3 6
6 Socialist Republic of Montenegro Socialist Republic of Montenegro &
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Team[edit]

An elderly man with receding hairline and a moustache, wearing a white T-shirt with a blue ribbon down his neck.
Dražen Dalipagić has won gold, silver and bronze with the Yugoslav basketball team.
A male athlete with short brown hair, wearing Slovenia national team trainer tracksuit and a handball ball in his arms.
Iztok Puc was part of the Yugoslav handball team, which won a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Following the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991, he has won a gold medal with Croatia in 1996 and finished 8th with Slovenia in 2000. He is the only handball player who represented three different countries at the Summer Olympics.[1][2][3]

The ranking in this table is based on information provided by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is consistent with IOC convention in its published medal tables. By default, the table is ordered by the number of gold medals the athletes have won in team competitions. The number of silver medals is taken into consideration next and then the number of bronze medals. If teams are still tied, equal ranking is given and they are listed chronologically, as when the medals have been won.

Key
WinterEvent Part of the Winter Olympics
Rank Name Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 3 4 0 7
2 Handball pictogram.svg Handball 2 0 1 3
3 Football pictogram.svg Football 1 3 1 5
3 Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 1 3 1 5
4 Handball pictogram.svg Handball 1 1 0 2
5 Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 1 0 0 1
5 Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 1 0 0 1
6 Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 0 1 1 2
7 Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 0 1 0 1
7 Canoeing (flatwater) pictogram.svg Canoeing 0 1 0 1
7 Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski Jumping WinterEvent 0 1 0 1
7 Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 0 1 0 1
8 Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 0 0 1 1
8 Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 0 0 1 1
8 Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 0 0 1 1
8 Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 0 0 1 1
8 Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 0 0 1 1

Footnotes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Specific
  1. ^ "Handball player Puc dies". Slovenian Press Agency. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ M.L. (20 October 2011). "Slovo rokometne legende: Puc izgubil bitko z rakom". rtvslo.si (in Slovene). RTV Slovenija. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Iztok Puc izgubio bitku s teškom bolešću" [Iztok Puc succumbs to a severe illness]. Vjesnik (in Croatian). 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 14 June 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2011.