Emir Bekrić

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Emir Bekrić
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Bekrić at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Born (1991-03-14) 14 March 1991 (age 27)
Belgrade, SR Serbia, Yugoslavia
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Event(s)400 metres hurdles
ClubAK Partizan
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 metres: 46.49[1]
400-m hurdles: 48.05[1] (NR)

Emir Bekrić (Serbian Cyrillic: Емир Бекрић, born 14 March 1991) is a Serbian hurdler who specialises and holds the Serbian national record for the 400 metres hurdles. He is coached by Mirjana Stojanović. In 2013, Bekrić became the first male track and field athlete from Serbia to win a medal at the IAAF Outdoor World Championships. In the same year he won the award European athletics rising star, as well as golden badge for Serbian athlete of the year.

Early life[edit]

Born to a Bosniak father and a Serb mother, Emir has a sister named Sena. He is an Orthodox Christian, and has said that religion and Orthodoxy are very important for him and have helped him in his career.[2][3]

Hurdling career[edit]

Bekrić won a bronze medal at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships in Ostrava.[4] At the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen he broke the national record in semifinal for the 400 meter hurdles, breaking 50 seconds and beating Jeshua Anderson who later won the gold medal in the finals.[5] At the 2012 European Championships he again broke national record in semifinals. In the final he won a silver medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Bekrić broke the Serbian national record for the 400m hurdles for the third time with a time of 49.21 seconds.[6] At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow he won the bronze medal and posted the new national record with a time of 48.05 seconds.[7]

Personal bests[edit]


Event Best Location Date
400 metres 46.49s Belgrade, Serbia 4 August 2013
400 metres hurdles 48.05s Moscow, Russia 15 August 2013


Event Best Location Date
400 metres 47.17s Prague, Czech Republic 25 February 2014


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Serbia
2009 European Team Championships — 1st League Bergen, Norway 12th 400 m hurdles 54.33
European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia sf 400 m hurdles 53.45
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 18th (h) 400 m hurdles 53.16
2010 European Team Championships — 2nd League Belgrade, Serbia 2nd 400 m hurdles 51.66
World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 7th 400 m hurdles 51.06
2011 European Team Championships — 2nd League Novi Sad, Serbia 2nd 400 m hurdles 50.35
European Indoor Championships Paris, France 21st (h) 400 m 48.34
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 3rd 400 m hurdles 49.61 (NR)
Universiade Shenzhen, China 6th 400 m hurdles 50.20
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 19th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.94
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 400 m hurdles 49.49
Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom 14th (sf) 400 m hurdles 49.62
2013 European Team Championships — 2nd League Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 400 m hurdles 49.98
1st 4 × 400 m 3:08.73
Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 1st 400 m hurdles 48.83 (NR, GR)
European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 400 m hurdles 48.76 (NR)
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 400 m hurdles 48.05 (NR)
2014 European Team Championships — 2nd League Riga, Latvia 1st 400 m hurdles 49.64
3rd 4 × 400 m 3:08.54
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 6th 400 m hurdles 49.90
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 23rd (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.96

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b All-Athletics. "Profile of Emir Bekric".
  2. ^ Stojmenović, D. (2 January 2013). "Emir Bekrić za Telegraf: Zahvalan sam Bogu što me vodi pravim putem". Telegraf (in Serbian). Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ Višnjić, D. (2013-08-15). Бронза златног сјаја Емира Бекрића. Politika (in Serbian). Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Španovićeva: Dajte nam halu" (in Serbian). Novosti. 20 July 2011.
  5. ^ Athletics 400m hurdles men – 2011 Shenzen Summer Universiade (PDF)[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Vukanovic, Predrag (28 June 2012). "EP: Emir istrčao za finale". Euro Sport (in Serbian). Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Heat Results" (PDF).

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Czech Republic Pavel Maslák
Men's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Adam Gemili
Preceded by
Milica Mandić
Serbia The Best Athlete of Serbia
Succeeded by
Davor Štefanek