Milka Babović

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Milka Babović (born 27 October 1928) is a Croatian former runner and journalist. She won numerous sprinting events in the former Yugoslavia, was selected the best athlete several times. She also had a noted career as a sports journalist and editor in television.

Babović was born in Skopje and grew up in Sarajevo, but moved to Ruma and Belgrade in high school. She graduated in pedagogy at the University of Zagreb.[1] Having taken up sports in Ruma, she joined Mladost in Zagreb and started to compete in sprinting events. Starting in 1953, she won the Yugoslav national titles in one 100 metre race, seven 80 metre hurdles races, seven 4 x 100 metres relay races, and two 4 x 200 meters relay races. She set several Yugoslav sprinting records, and won two international student competitions in the 80 m hurdles races in 1953 and 1957.[1] In the Sportske novosti awards polling, she was voted the best female athlete in Croatia three times and was twice the best female athlete of Yugoslavia.[1]

She worked as a sports journalist in Narodni sport since 1949, and moved to TV Zagreb in 1957 where she became the first sports editor. She served in that position, barring one four-year interruption, until 1975. She was a multiple-time president of the sport journalist section of the Croatian Journalist Association, served as a member of the Yugoslav Olympic Committee in two mandates, and was a one-time member of the Executive Council of the Assembly of the City of Zagreb.[1]

Babović was decorated with awards from the Journalist Association in 1974, the City of Zagreb in 1977, and the Yugoslav Order of Brotherhood and Unity with a silver wreath in 1979.[1]

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