Darko Šarović

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Darko Šarović
Darko Sarovic Serbian 200m Champion.jpg
Serbian 200 m Champion in 2011
Personal information
Nationality Serbia &  Sweden
Born (1990-05-16) May 16, 1990 (age 29)
Belgrade, Serbia
ResidenceBelgrade (Borås, Sweden)
Height168 cm (66 in)
Weight71 kg (157 lb)
SportTrack & Field
Event(s)60m and 100m
ClubRed Star Belgrade & IK Ymer
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)60m: 6.89 (Göteborg 2012)[1]

6.89 (Istanbul 2012)[2]
100m: 10.46 (Sliven 2011)[3]
200m: 21.52(Novi Sad 2012)[4]
400m: 51.17 (Novi Sad 2011)[5]
Pole Vault: 4.13i (Borås 2011)
Long Jump: 6.73i (Borås 2008)
High Jump: 1.85 (Bar 2011)
Javelin: 48.23 (Borås 2011)[6]
60mH: 8.56 (Göteborg 2009)[7]

110mH: 15.97 (Eskilstuna 2009)[8]

Darko Šarović (Serbian: Дарко Шаровић, born 16 May 1990 in Belgrade) is a Serbian medical doctor and athlete who specialises in the 60 meter and 100 meter sprint events.[9] He is the fifth fastest serb of all time,[10] and the Serbian record holder U23 in the 100 m.[11] Sarovic is a Balkan 100 m Champion,[12] and 60 m[13] and 4 × 100 m[14] bronze medallist. He is also the Serbian Champion in the 100 m,[4] 200 m (twice)[15][4] and the pole vault[16] events and Serbian U23 Champion in the 100 m,[17] 400 m and 4 × 100 m.[18] Sarovic represented the Serbian National Athletics Team in the 60 m,[19] 100 m, 200 m,[20] and 4 × 100 m.[21]

In 2009 he finished the IB Diploma Programme and in 2015 he graduated from the University of Belgrade School of Medicine and earned the title Medical Doctor. He is a PhD student at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology at Gothenburg University.

He is a licensed physician in Sweden. He holds both Serbian and Swedish citizenships.

Personal life[edit]

Šarović was born in Belgrade on May 16, 1990 as an only child to parents Zorica Zarkovic and Dusan Sarovic. In 1992, he moved to Borås, Sweden. In 2009, he moved to Belgrade to study medicine at the University of Belgrade, and graduated in 2015. In 2016 he moved to Gothenburg and embarked on a PhD program in child and adolescent psychiatry. He is of Serbian, Dalmatian and Montenegrin descent.

Šarović's parents were both athletes competing in the highest national leagues in basketball and volleyball. His maternal grandfather was the captain of the Yugoslavia men's national volleyball team, playing the position of setter. He also has cousins in the Serbian National gymnastics and taekwondo Teams. He was previously a member of Mensa.[22][23]

Career Overview[edit]

Sports Background[edit]

After starting to practice swimming and gymnastics at age 4, he tried most sports and had multiple practices a day up to his late teens, when he decided to focus solely on track and field.

Sport Time
Swimming 1994–1997
Gymnastics 1994–1997
Basketball 1997–2004
Table tennis 1998–1999
Judo 2000–2001
Soccer 2001-2002 + 2004-2009
Shooting 2002–2004
Handball 2002–2009
Volleyball 2003-2006 + 2008-2009
Badminton 2005
Football 2006–2008
Tennis 2007–2009
Athletics 2008–Present


Across all seasons he averaged 22.6 points per game, most often playing as the playmaker.


He has a blue belt in judo.


Played on the Regional U13 Team. He also participated in the try-outs for the Regional U16 Team. Became regional champion (Västra Götaland) with Byttorps IF's Reserve Team in the Premier Division for reserve teams. Coached the club's U13 team for the seasons 2007-2008. Was a referee for the Junior League 2006-2007.


Club champion 2003 and 2004. Regional Champion 2004.


Played in Byttorps IF in Borås. Made his debut in the senior team at an age of 14, scoring the most goals in a game that season (14). Was on the try-outs for the regional team and got a place on the team, but later lost his place. Competed at the Swedish National Championships in 2006 and was the 5th best scorer (9.8 goals per game). He also got elected as the MVP of the game in 5 of the 6 matches they played.


At an age of 13 he started playing the position of setter for the first team in the club IK Ymer, which was at the time in the 3rd division in the Swedish league. In 2006 he finished a referee course to become a referee for the 1st division for women and 3rd division for men.


Played in the club Borås Rhinos[24] and got elected MVP offence in 2007. While playing in the club he scored 21 touchdowns and 86% of the team's points.

Track & Field[edit]

Sarovic started practicing track and field in 2008 in the Swedish club IK Ymer. He practiced track for 3 months as early as in 2001 and placed 3rd in the Regional Championships in the high jump event with a record of 1.25m, but soon lost interest due to the lack of coaches in the club.


In his first 60 m competition he clocked a time of 7.47 to tie for the 4th place at the Regional Indoor Championships.[25] He ended the indoor 2008 season with a personal best of 7.34,[26] recording personal bests in all 10 races.

In his first 100 m race he ran 11.60[27] at a division 1 meet with IK Ymer placing 2nd. The remainder of the season he traveled around Sweden to competitions trying to qualify for the Swedish U20 Championships (11.50 s). He ended the season with a personal best of 11.53 in allowed winds; 11.26, 11.28, 11.41 and 11.46 with +2.4 or more wind. Since he was close to the qualifying norm, the club decided to allow him to compete at the National Junior Championships in the 100 m and 200 m events where he placed 21st and 19th respectively.[28]

At the end of the season he placed 3rd in the high jump event at the Swedish High School Championships;[29] Also 7th in the 100 m and 300 mH, and 8th in the long jump event.


In the beginning of the season he lowered his personal best to 7.04 at the Regional Championships. He won the gold medal in the 60m, long jump and 60mH events for U20. He also won another gold and a silver in the long jump and 60m events respectively for the senior class.[30]

On March 14–15 he competed at the Swedish National Indoor Multi Event Championships in Eskilstuna and did his first heptathlon. He finished 5th after having scored 4 personal bests.[31]

On March 23, 2009 he badly injured his left ankle when practicing pole vaulting due to a bad fall. After this he was out of practice for more than 4 months, and back in competition in late July. There was little time to get back in shape but he still finished the season with a small personal best of 11.40.[32]

At the end of the season the injury was almost completely healed and he decided to compete in the Swedish National U20 Championships in the decathlon, his first time. He placed second after having scored 5 personal bests.[33] That result still stands as the club record U20 in IK Ymer.[34]


In September 2009, Sarovic moved to Belgrade, Serbia to study medicine. He then started practicing in Red Star Belgrade with coach Ljubisa Stevanovic (Serbian: Љубиша Стевановић). This proved to be a successful cooperation.

The winter season of 2010, still recovering from the injury and not having had a regular practice since March, he averaged 7.21 in the 60m dash.

After getting back on track with practices he opened the outdoor season with a personal best in the 100 m of 11.19. He lowered his personal best 9 more times that season and finally broke the 11 s-barrier at the Serbian National Championships; 10.89 in the qualifying round and 10.90 in the finals to finish 5th on the first day. On the second day he competed in the 200 m and pole vault. He qualified for the final in the 200m event but did not run in it since it was at the same time as the pole vault; the discipline which he went on to win a gold medal in; his first at a national championship.[35]

In 2010 he won a triple gold at the Belgrade Championships:[36] 100 m, 400 m and 4 × 100 m.

Towards the end of the season he lowered his personal best down to 10.83, running out of competition at the Serbian National U18 Championships in Kragujevac, Serbia.

He finished off the season with his second decathlon and became the champion of Vojvodina with 6 new personal bests.

In November he pulled his left hamstring; an injury that persisted across the winter season to April 2011.


Sarovic's first appearance for the Serbian National Team at the European Team Championships 2nd League in Novi Sad 2011

During the winter break at his University, Sarovic went back to Sweden to compete. On February 5 he broke the 7 s-barrier with a personal best of 6.96 to finish first in the qualifying rounds of the Gothenburg Regional Championships. In the final he won with a time of 6.86, but that race got restarted due to unknown circumbstances. In the re-race he placed 3rd with 7.02.[37]

He also competed in the preparative competition (Road To Göteborg 2013) for the European Indoor Championships that will be held in Gothenburg 2013. There he ran under 7 s for the third time to finish 6th with 6.96 (7.002 in the qualifying rounds).

In the summer of 2011 Sarovic competed in his first major competitions:

Sarovic in the lead in the 100 m semifinals at the European U23 Championships in Ostrava 2011

First at the Belgrade International Athletics Meet [38] (10.93), then at the European Champion Clubs Cup at his own Red Star stadium[39] (22.18 PB & 10.84). He made his debut in the national team in Novi Sad at the European Team Championships, 2nd League, for the 4 × 100 m[40] (40.91). He made his second appearance for the National Team at the 64th Balkan Championships in Sliven, Bulgaria, running the 4x100 and the 100 m and 200 m out of competition. In the 100 m he lowered his personal best to 10.46[41] (2nd fastest at the Balkan Championships overall) and thus qualified for the European U23 Championships (10.55) in Ostrava, Czech Republic. That is also the 5th fastest time in history in Serbia, a National U23 Record and the fastest time in Serbia in 2011.[42] In the 200 m event he broke the 22s-barrier with a slightly wind assisted race 21.97 (+2.1).[43] His last major competition was the European Championships U23 in Ostrava where he finished 20th after having injured his hamstring.[44]

During the outdoor season he competed at three national championships. At the Serbian U23 championships he finished first in the 400 m and 4 × 100 m, and second in the 100 m event.[18] At the Serbian championships he won the gold medal in the 200 m, the silver in the 100 m,[45] and the bronze in the decathlon event.[46]


Sarovic opened up the season with a personal best of 6.95 seconds in the 60 m. He followed up by winning gold at the Belgrade Championships (6.92 PB)[47] and the Open Championship of Vojvodina (6.91 PB).[48] In February he travelled to Sweden to compete at the Gothenburg Regional Championships; despite running a slow race in the 200 m and having a bad start in the 60 m, he lowered his indoor personal best twice in the 200 m to 22.57 to win gold, and also in the 60 m to 6.89 for second place.[49]

On February 18 Sarovic made his first appearance in the 60 m dash for the Serbian National Team at the Balkan Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. He won the bronze medal, his first at an international competition. In the semifinal he fell out of the blocks, but recuperated to qualify for the final with the second-best time and an equalled personal best of 6.89. In the final he placed third with 6.90.[13]

The summer season started off with a victory at the Belgrade Cup in the 100 m with 10.79.[50] At the Serbian Team Championships he won the 100 m at 10.96, running into a headwind of -1.0.[51] At the first international competition of the season, the European Champion Clubs Cup in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia, he won his race in the 100 m at 10.76 to finish 4th in total.[52] At the Serbian Cup he placed first in the 100 m with the time 10.73. Second in this race was Milos Savic, a Serbian sprinter that had not lost a single race on national competitions in six years. In the 200 m he placed third with 21.95 (+2.1) after a poorly distributed race, 0.03 s from the gold.[53]

At the Serbian Championships in Novi Sad,[4] the competition for the 100 m was stronger than ever; 9 sprinters under 11s at the start of the season, with a couple more to join after the qualifying rounds. In the semifinals, Sarovic sprinted with ease, winning the race at 10.79. In the finals he gained pole position after 10 m and maintained the lead to win the gold medal at 10.49 with a slightly wind-assisted race (+2.4). In the 4×100 m relay he won the bronze medal together with Suad Gasi, Predrag Jovanovic, and Filip Istvanovic. In the 200 m event, Sarovic qualified for the final with 22.48 into a slight headwind. In the final he lowered his personal best by 0.42 s to 21.52 and defended his title from 2011. This result brought him up from 46th to 19th in the Serbian all-time lists.

In the beginning of July, Sarovic travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to compete at Världsungdomsspelen at Ullevi Stadium, a competition that attracts many of the top athletes from the region and beyond. In the 100 m he ran a controlled race at 10.92 to qualify for the finals. In the finals he lost his only race in the 2012 season: 10.89 and a fourth place.[54] In the 200 m, he won the qualifying race at 22.04 and finished fifth in the finals with 21.99.[55]

At the Serbian U23 Championships he won his first gold medal in the 100 m dash in that competition, and a silver in the 4×100 m relay.[17]

He finished the 2012 season by competing at the 65th Balkan Championships, and making his first appearances for the Serbian National Team in the 100 m, and 200 m dashes. He made his third appearance in the 4×100 m relay. In the 100 m he got off to a bad start, but caught up with the Turkish and Bulgarian sprinters in the lead during the last 20 m to win the race at 10.76 (+0.3), and become the Balkan champion in the discipline; this was his second medal at the Balkan Championships (the first being a bronze from the Balkan Indoor Championships in Istanbul in March earlier that year). Together with fellow countrymen Milan Ristic, Marko Antic, and Aleksandar Stojanovic, Sarovic got the bronze medal in the 4 × 100 m relay with the time 40.94. The next day he competed in the 200 m dash, where he finished 5th in a race with very heavy winds.[56]


PB 60 m 100 m 200 m
2008 7.34 11.51 23.31
2009 7.04 11.40 23.09i
2010 10.83 22.44
2011 6.96 10.46 21.94
2012 6.89 10.49w 21.52
Average 60 m 100 m 200 m
2008 7.434 11.621 23.385
2009 7.174 11.453 23.240
2010 11.057 22.637
2011 7.019 10.850 22.153
2012 6.939 10.748 21.873



Šarović's lecture for the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia on the topic of strength training for explosiveness

Šarović finished the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Sven-Eriksonsgymnasiet to receive a bilingual diploma. After high school, in 2009, he enrolled in the 6 year long Medicine and Surgery program at the Medical Faculty at Belgrade University. In 2010, he got elected as the best student having the highest grade point average at the English Medical Faculty.

He graduated in 2015 after defending his graduation thesis in child plastic and neurosurgery on the topic of craniosynostosis. He did a clinical internship with integrated research (forskar-AT) at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.

During his second year he started doing research at the Institute of anatomy. He conducted research on the development of schizophrenia due to retarded development of the hippocampus induced by maternal deprivation; he presented his findings at the 22nd European Students Conference in Berlin and his abstract "morphometric analysis of hippocampus in maternally deprived rats" was published in the European Journal of Medical Research.[57] During his third year, Šarović started doing research at the Institute of Biochemistry. He also continued with research at the Institute of Anatomy to publish a second work together with colleague Slobodan Kapor.[58] In 2014 he presented a study with colleague Pavle Pavlovich at the International Student Congress in Graz, Austria.[59]

Šarović presenting his research at the European Students' Congress in Berlin, September 2011

Besides studying medicine, he has also taken courses in developmental and adolescent psychology at Gothenburg University, psychology and economy at Linnaeus University, physics, mathematics and programming at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, law at Umeå University, and philosophy and cancer genetics at University of Skövde for a total of 115ECTS points.

Šarović giving a lecture for the Bioethical Society of Serbia in their seminar on the topic doping in sports. He brought up psychological, sociological, ethical, and physiological aspects of doping, as well as pointed out some of the fallacies in the bureaucratic system of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

He is a guest lecturer at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education.[60] He is also a lecturer for the Anti-Doping Agency of Serbia[61] and the Bioethical Society of Serbia[62] on topics such as exercise physiology, psychology, medical ethics, sports ethics, and doping.

Since 2016 he is a PhD student in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Gothenburg. He coordinates a project titled "Neurophysiological biomarkers in autism - A magnetoencephalographic study"[63] with the aim of finding structural and functional biomarkers for autism using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) - both diagnostic biomarkers that can aid the clinical diagnostic procedure, and therapeutic biomarkers that can be used to follow up on the effect of pharmacological and therapeutic interventions.

Preceded by
Serbia Milos Savic
Belgrade U23 Athlete Of The Year
Succeeded by
Serbia Emir Bekrić


  1. ^ Gothenburg Regional Championship 2012
  2. ^ Balkan Indoor Championships 2012
  3. ^ 64th Balkan Championships
  4. ^ a b c d Serbian Championships 2012
  5. ^ Serbian U23 Championships 2011
  6. ^ Castorama, IK Ymer 18.9.2011
  7. ^ Swedish U20 Indoor Championships 2009
  8. ^ Swedish U20 Championships 2009 Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ IAAF Profile
  10. ^ Serbian All Time Lists, men
  11. ^ "Serbian National Athletics Records, outdoor events" (PDF). Serbian Athletics Association.
  12. ^ "65th Balkan Athletics Championships, 100m Men results" (PDF). Association of Balkan Athletic Federations.
  13. ^ a b "17th Balkan Indoor Athletic Championships, 60 m Men" (PDF). Association of Balkan Athletic Federations.
  14. ^ "65th Balkan Athletic Championships, 4x100 m Men" (PDF). Association of Balkan Athletic Federations.
  15. ^ Serbian Championships 2011
  16. ^ Serbian Championships 2010
  17. ^ a b Serbian U23 Championships 2012
  18. ^ a b Serbian U23 Championships 2011
  19. ^ 2012 Balkan Indoor Championship invitation
  20. ^ 65th Balkan Championship, invitation
  21. ^ 64th Balkan Championship, invitation
  22. ^ Members of Mensa in Serbia
  23. ^ Guest lecturer at Belgrade University, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education
  24. ^ Forum post displaying Roster in 2006
  25. ^ Västergötland Regional Indoor Championships 2008
  26. ^ Löplabbet 2008
  27. ^ Motala Seriematch Div. 1
  28. ^ Swedish Junior Championships 2008
  29. ^ Skol-SM i Sollentuna 2009
  30. ^ Regional Indoor Championships 2009
  31. ^ Swedish National Indoor Championships for Multi Events 2009
  32. ^ Vätterspelen 2009
  33. ^ Swedish National Championships for Multi Events 2009 Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ Klubbrekord Ute IK Ymer
  35. ^ Serbian National Championships 2010
  36. ^ Belgrade Championships 2011
  37. ^ Gothenburg Indoor
  38. ^ BIAM 2011
  39. ^ ECCC Belgrade 2011
  40. ^ ETC 2nd League 2011
  41. ^ 64th Balkan Championships, 100m o.o.c.
  42. ^ Serbian Season Best Lists 2011
  43. ^ 64th Balkan Championships, 200 m o.o.c.
  44. ^ Results for 100 m at 8th European U23 Championships
  45. ^ Serbian Championships 2011
  46. ^ Serbian Multi Event Championships 2011
  47. ^ Belgrade Indoor Championships 2012
  48. ^ Open Indoor Championship of Vojvodina 2012
  49. ^ Gothenburg Regional Championships 2012
  50. ^ Belgrade Cup 2012
  51. ^ Serbian Team Championships 2012
  52. ^ ECCC Dubnica nad Váhom 2012
  53. ^ Serbian Cup 2012
  54. ^ Världsungdomsspelen 2012, dag 1
  55. ^ Världsungdomsspelen 2012, dag 2
  56. ^ 65th Balkan Championships
  57. ^ Eur J Med Res 16(Supplement I): I-XVIII, 167(2011) ISSN 0949-2321
  58. ^ The 53rd International Students' Congress of Biomedical Sciences, Page 19
  59. ^ International Student Congress in Graz, Austria 2014. Abstract book p. 96
  60. ^ Lecture at Belgrade University, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, 28.4.2015
  61. ^ Serbian Anti-Doping Agency and Pansport's seminar, 30.7.2012
  62. ^ Bioethical Society of Serbia's seminar on doping, 20.11.2013
  63. ^ "Sarovic, Darko - Researcher profile at the GNC". Göteborgs universitet. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2018-08-20.

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