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Nataša Urbančič

Full name: Nataša Urbančič (-Bezjak)
Other name(s): Наташа Урбанчић (-Безјак)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: November 25, 1945 in Celje, Celje, Slovenia
Died: June 22, 2011 in Celje, Celje, Slovenia
Affiliations: AD Kladivar, Celje (SLO)
Country: YUG Yugoslavia
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Slovenian Nataša Urbančič’s star in the sport of javelin was just rising when, at the 1966 European Championships, she suffered a serious knee injury that nearly ended her career. She recovered in time for the 1968 Summer Olympics, however, where she represented Yugoslavia and placed sixth. She remained the prime javelin thrower at the national level for many years, capturing the Yugoslavian javelin title on six occasions (1965, 1969, 1971 through 1974) and winning the Slovenian Sportswoman of the Year Award six consecutive times from 1969 through 1974. Her best result on the international stage, however, was third at the 1974 European Championships. She was, however, a three-time Balkan Champion and also appeared at one more edition of the Olympics, in 1972, finishing fifth. In 1973 she set a Yugoslavian, and later Slovenian, record of 62.12 metres that was not broken until 1995. She later became an athletics coach, serving for nearly three decades, as well as prolific competitor at masters’-level events. In 2002 she set a W55 javelin world record that, as of 2016, still stands. She was inducted into the Slovenian Sports Hall of Fame in 2012, a year after her death.

Personal Best: JT – 62.12 (1973).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Yugoslavia YUG 6
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Women's Javelin Throw Yugoslavia YUG 5

Women's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Standings 6 55.42
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round One 7 53.80
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Two 8 foul 53.80
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Three 5 55.42 55.42
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Four 5 foul 55.42
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Five 5 foul 55.42
1968 Summer 22 Ciudad de México Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Six NP pass
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round 5 59.06
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round One NP foul
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Two NP foul NM
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Three 7 56.48 56.48
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Four 7 56.38 56.48
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Five 5 59.06 59.06
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Final Round Round Six NP foul
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Qualifying Round 4 QU 57.02
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Qualifying Round Round One 2 57.02
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Qualifying Round Round Two 4 pass 57.02
1972 Summer 26 München Athletics Yugoslavia Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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