Draga Stamejčič Pokovec

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 Achievements

OI: 1964 – 5. v peteroboju, 7. na 80 m ovire OG: 5th in pentathlon (1964), 7th in 80 metre hurdles (1964)
EP: 1962 – 4. s štafeto 4x 100 m, 6. v peteroboju EC: 4th in 4 x 100 m relay (1962), 6th in pentathlon (1962)

Slovenska atletika se ponaša z enim samim svetovnim rekordom na prostem: Draga Stamejčič je 5. septembra 1964, dva tedna pred začetkom OI v Tokiu, v Celju izenačila najboljšo znamko v teku – 10,5 na 80 m z ovirami. Na Japonskem je bila Stamejčičeva najuspešnejša jugoslovanska atletinja: 5. v peteroboju (le 156 točk od bronaste kolajne) in 7. na 80 m z ovirami. Rekordni tek v Celju ji je obetal še precej več, a jo je zaustavila poškodba meniskusa, ki jo je tudi prisilila k umik iz atletike. Bila je ena naših najbolj vsestranskih atletinj vseh časov. Več kot 100-krat je izenačila ali izboljšala jugoslovanske oz. slovenske rekorde v peteroboju, skoku v daljino, na 80 m z ovirami, 100 in 200 m, požela je kar osem naslovov balkanske prvakinje v peteroboju, dva pa na 80 m z ovirami. Razglasili so jo za športnico Jugoslavije leta 1959 in 1964.

Draga Stamejčič became the only Slovenian to set an outdoor world track and field record, when on 5 September 1964 she ran 10.5 seconds in the 80 metres hurdles in Celje. The feat came only two weeks before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, where Stamejčič would go on to be the best Yugoslav track and field athlete. She finished 5th in the pentathlon (a mere 156 points behind third place) and 7th in the 80 metres hurdles. While the world record made her one of the favourites for victory, a knee injury prevented her from running her best. She would eventually have to retire from athletics because of the injury. Despite having her career cut short, she was one of the best all-around track and field athletes of all time. Stamejčič bettered Yugoslav records in the pentathlon, long jump, 80 metre hurdles, and the 100 and 200 metres more than 100 times. An eight-time Balkan champion in the pentathlon and a two-time champion in the 80 metres event, she was named Yugoslavia’s Best Female Athlete in 1959 and 1964.