Vera Nikolić

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Vera Nikolić
Vera Nikolić 1972.jpg
Personal information
Born23 September 1948 (1948-09-23) (age 71)
Grabovica, Yugoslavia
Height1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Event(s)800 m, 1500 m
ClubMorava Cuprija
Dinamo Zagreb
Coached byLeo Lang
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)800 m – 1:59.62 (1972)
1500 m – 4:12.7 (1972)

Vera Nikolić (Serbian Cyrillic: Вера Николић; born 23 September 1948) is a Serbian coach and retired middle-distance runner who competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics. She had her best achievements in the 800 m event, in which she won European titles in 1966 and 1971 and set a world record on 20 July 1968. She came to the 1968 Olympics as a favorite, but due to the pressure of being the favorite[1] she gave up her semifinal – after leading it for 300 m she suddenly stepped off the track, walked back to the start, sat down and took off her shoes.[2] She set her personal best in 800 m at the 1972 Olympics, but this was only enough for a fifth place.[3]

Nikolić received a Golden Badge of Sport, award for the best athlete of Yugoslavia in 1966.


Preceded by
Branislav Lončar
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
Succeeded by
Ivo Daneu
Preceded by
Ružica Miladinović
Desanka Perović
Yugoslav Sportswoman of the Year
1966, 1967
1971, 1972
Succeeded by
Đurđica Bjedov
Jelica Pavličić
Preceded by
Judy Pollock
Women's 800 metres World Record Holder
1968-07-20 – 1971-07-11
Succeeded by
Hildegard Falck