Tone Cerer

Tone Cerer

 Dosežki

 Achievements

OI: 5. mesto OG: 5th place
EP: 2 bronasti EC: 2 bronze

Leta 1932 zgrajeno kopališče v Kamniku je postalo športni dom plavalca Toneta Cererja, ki je tekmovalni krst doživel leta 1934. Najprej je tekmoval v prostem slogu, pozneje pa je postal eden izmed najboljših plavalcev prsnega sloga na svetu. Njegov prvi velik uspeh na mednarodni sceni je bila bronasta kolajna na EP 1938, dosežek, ki ga je ponovil še 9 let pozneje na EP 1947. Po osvoboditvi se je izkazal, vnovič na 200 m prsno, zlasti s 5. mestom na OI 1948 v Londonu. Vrhunsko kariero, med katero je v prsnem slogu vseskozi kraljeval v Jugoslaviji, je sklenil s 6. mestom na EP 1950. Tudi po tem, ko je leta 1956 emigriral v ZDA, je nastopal na SP za veterane. V rodni Kamnik se je občasno še vračal, v starosti 90 let pa je umrl v Clevelandu.

Tone Cerer made the swimming pool in the town of Kamnik his second home during his youth. He took part in his first competition in 1934. Initially competing in the freestyle, he would later become one of the finest breaststroke swimmers in the world. His first major international success was a bronze medal at the 1938 European Championships, an achievement he would go on to repeat nine years later. Following the end of World War II, Cerer showed he was a world-class talent, as he took 5th place at the 1948 Olympics in London. The last major success of his career, during which he dominated the breaststroke competition in Yugoslavia, was 6th place at the 1950 European Championships. Cerer continued swimming in senior competitions after emigrating to the US in 1956. He would make occasional returns to Kamnik before his death in Cleveland in 2006.