The famous Serbian athlete and former European record holder in long jump, Nenad Stekić, died today at the age of 71, the Athletics Federation announced.
Stekic was a member of the Red Star athletic club.
He stepped on the athletics track as a 12-year-old, started as a high jumper, and continued his career as a long jumper. His first result was 6.26 meters, and only two years later he crossed the “magic” limit of seven meters.
For five years, he was the owner of the European record in the long jump – 8.45 meters (Montreal, 1975), and that year he was named the best athlete in Yugoslavia.
He won three silver medals at the European Championships, Rome in 1974 – 8.06 meters, Prague in 1978 – 8.12 meters and in Sindelfingen in 1980 – 7.91 meters, indoor.
He was a two-time champion of the Mediterranean Games and a gold and silver medalist at the Universiade. He was fifth (8.09 meters) at the World Championships in Helsinki in 1983.
He played for the Yugoslav national team 64 times. He played in the European team at the 1977 World Cup.