Elzan Bibić

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Elzan Bibić
Elzan Bibić 2018 (cropped).jpg
Bibić in 2018
Personal information
Born (1999-01-08) 8 January 1999 (age 21)
Karajukića Bunari, Sjenica, FR Yugoslavia
Height1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)[1]
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Coached byRifat Zilkić
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)1500m: 3:37.79[2]
5000m: 13:34.99[2]
Updated on June 10, 2019.

Elzan Bibić (Serbian Cyrillic: Елзан Бибић; born 8 January 1999) is a Serbian middle and long-distance runner. He won a bronze medal in the U20 category at the 2018 European Cross Country Championships.

Running career[edit]

Bibić initially played soccer before training as a distance runner.[3] He won the boys' 3000-meter race at the 2015 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival with a time of 8:50.10.[3]

On July 7, 2017, he won a 3000-meter race at a track meet in Zenica, after which he felt knee pain. Shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with damaged ligaments in his knee, his first serious injury.[4]

On September 4, 2018, Bibić ran a personal best of 3:37.79 in the men's 1500 meters at the Hanžeković Memorial meet in Zagreb, finishing in last place among a deep international field led by first place finisher Elijah Manangoi.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Bibić was born in Karajukića Bunari, known as the "Siberia" of Serbia due to extremely cold temperatures which are frequently recorded there.[4] Karajukića Bunari is above 1,000 meters in altitude, as it is located on a plateau called Pešter. Bibić went to a medical trade school in his hometown, Novi Pazar.[3] His parents were athletes growing up. His father Murat played soccer and his mother Fatima played volleyball.[3]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Serbia
2015 European Youth Olympic Festival Tbilisi, Georgia 2nd 1500 m 4:01.62
1st 5000 m 8:50.10
2016 Balkan Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 8:16.72
European Youth Championships Tbilisi, Georgia 8th 800 m 1:56.12
1st 3000 m 8:09.06
World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 11th 1500 m 3:51.58
8th 5000 m 13:51.40
2017 Balkan Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 3000 m 8:06.98
2018 Balkan Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 3000 m 8:08.34
Mediterranean Games Tarragona, Spain 1500 m DNF
13th 5000 m 14:32.05
World U20 Championships Tampere, Finland 6th 1500 m 3:44.65
8th 5000 m 14:15.37
European Cross Country Championships Tilburg, Netherlands 3rd U20 18:11
2019 Balkan Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st 1500 m 3:43.13
European U23 Championships Gävle, Sweden 3rd 1500 m 3:50.90
8th 5000 m 14:26.40

Personal bests[edit]




  1. ^ "EAA profile". European Athletics. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Elzan BIBIĆ - Athlete Profile". IAAF. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Prvoslav Lešević (August 13, 2015). "Nikada neću zaboraviti Tbilisi". Danas (in Serbian). Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Prvoslav Lešević (October 1, 2017). "Vraća se nikad jači El' Bibo". Danas (in Serbian). Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ [1] 68. Memorijal Borisa Hanžekovića - 1500 m Men - Results. September 4, 2018. Accessed January 18, 2019.