Joško Vlašić

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Joško Vlašić
Personal information
Nationality Croatian
Born (1956-07-22) 22 July 1956 (age 60)
Split, FPR Yugoslavia
Residence Split, Croatia
Sport
Event(s) Decathlon
Club ASK Split
Now coaching Blanka Vlašić
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 7659 pts (1983, NR)

Joško Vlašić (Croatian pronunciation: [ˈjɔʃkɔ ˈʋlaʃitɕ]) (born 22 July 1956[1]) is a Croatian athletics coach and a former decathlete who represented Yugoslavia. Vlašić's greatest competitive success was winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1983 Mediterranean Games, but he is best known for coaching his daughter Blanka Vlašić, a world champion high jumper.

Biography[edit]

Joško Vlašić was born in 1956 in Split. He started with athletics in ASK Split, a local club. His coach Ante Tešija decided Vlašić would do well in decathlon, describing him as "tall and skinny". According to Tešija, Vlašić was initially very skeptical regarding his aptitude for the sport, but he was tenacious, loved to train, and the results came quickly.[2]

In the following years, Vlašić became the leading Yugoslav decathlete, winning five consecutive national championships, from 1979 to 1983.[3] He won two decathlon medals in consecutive Mediterranean Games: bronze in 1979, and gold in 1983. His first child, Blanka Vlašić (born 1983), was named after Casablanca, the host city of the 1983 Games.[4] Vlašić also competed in the 1983 World Championships, placing 16th.[1]

Vlašić's decathlon personal best of 7659 points, set in Izmir in June 1983,[1] is still the Croatian record; as of 2016, no other Croatian athlete has come within 600 points of his mark.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1982 Vlašić graduated from the Faculty of Physical Culture in Zagreb, department in Split. He worked as a coach in his home club, ASK Split, and then as a physical education teacher in several elementary and high schools in Split. From 1994 to 2001, Vlašić worked as a fitness coach in KK Split basketball club. Since 2006, Vlašić is employed by the Croatian Athletics Federation as a professional athletics coach.[6]

Vlašić is best known for coaching his daughter Blanka Vlašić. In her youth, she tried many athletic events, as well as sports such as tennis, basketball and volleyball, but settled on high jump after consultation with her father.[7] As a high jumper, she became a double world outdoor champion, double world indoor champion, European champion, Olympic silver medalist, and double world junior champion. She describes her father as her "greatest asset".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Joško Vlašić is married to Venera, a physical education teacher and a former cross-country skiing national champion.[9] They have four children: Blanka (born 1983), Marin (born c. 1986), Luka (born c. 1992) and Nikola (born 1997[10]).[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Vlašic Joško Biography". iaaf.org. IAAF. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Mrvec, Damir (10 August 2009). "U 97. godini baca kladivo dalje od 20 metara i ne misli stati". Večernji list (in Croatian). 
  3. ^ "Yugoslavian Championships". gbrathletics.com. Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 10 January 2011. 
  4. ^ Turnbull, Simon (27 July 2008). "Josko Vlasic: The Split personality who is best bar none". The Independent. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "Tablice svih vremena - Desetoboj (M)" [All-time lists - Decathlon (M)]. has.hr (in Croatian). Croatian Athletics Federation. Retrieved 17 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "Josko Vlasic". blanka-vlasic.hr. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Šarec, Marin (22 August 2009). "Razmišljam o savršenom skoku" (PDF). Vjesnik (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  8. ^ Smolčić, Pero (3 April 2010). "Blanka Vlašić: Moja najveća prednost je otac Joško". Slobodna Dalmacija (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 January 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Tolić, Dolores (27 August 2009). "Kći mi povjerava sve tajne". Gloria (in Croatian). Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  10. ^ Orlić, Alen (25 November 2013). "Projekt obitelji Vlašić: 'Uvjeren sam da Nikola može postati igrač za Barcelonu!'". Sportske novosti (in Croatian). Retrieved 18 February 2014. 

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