Full name: Franjo Mihalić
Other name(s): Фрањо Михалић
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: March 9, 1920 in Ludina, Sisačko-moslavačka županija, Croatia
Died: February 14, 2015 in Belgrade, Beograd, Serbia
Affiliations: Partizan Beograd, Beograd (SRB)
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Franjo Mihalić was the first great Yugoslavian distance runner. His first major success came in winning the 10,000 metre silver medal at the 1951 Mediterranean Games, behind [Alain Mimoun]. Mihalić competed at three Olympics, highlighted by his marathon silver medal in 1956, also behind Mimoun. During his career he set 25 Yugoslavian records. His two biggest victories came in winning the 1953 International Cross-Country Championship and the 1958 Boston Marathon. He also won the prestigious Cinque Mulini Cross-Country race three times. Mihalić continued to compete through 1966 but stayed active, and took up race walking, later winning three gold medals in race walking at the Balkan Masters’ Games.
Personal Bests\: 10000 – 29:37.6 (1954); Mar – 2-21:24 (1957).
|1952 Summer||32||Helsinki||Athletics||Men's 10,000 metres||Yugoslavia||YUG||18|
|1956 Summer||36||Melbourne||Athletics||Men's Marathon||Yugoslavia||YUG||2||Silver|
|1960 Summer||40||Roma||Athletics||Men's Marathon||Yugoslavia||YUG||12|
|1952 Summer||32||Helsinki||Athletics||Yugoslavia||Final Standings||18||30:53.2|
|1956 Summer||36||Melbourne||Athletics||Yugoslavia||Final Standings||2||2-26:32|
|1960 Summer||40||Roma||Athletics||Yugoslavia||Final Standings||12||2-21:52.6|