Olivera Jevtić
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Olivera Jevtić

Olivera Jevtić Serbian long-distance runner

Serbian long-distance runner
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Serbian long-distance runner
Countries Serbia Croatia
Occupations Runner Athlete Marathon runner Long-distance runner
Type Sports
Gender female
Birth 24 July 1977 (Užice, Zlatibor District, Serbia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Star sign LeoLeo
Residence Užice
Height: 174
Weight: 52
The details

Olivera Jevtić (Serbian Cyrillic: Оливера Јевтић, born July 24, 1977) is a Serbian long-distance runner. She has represented her country five times at the Olympics in 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Running career

Jevtić was born in Titovo Užice, Yugoslavia, otherwise known presently as Užice, Serbia. Her parents are father Milorad and mother Draginja. She is based in her native city, coached by Slavoljub "Slavko" Kuzmanović, and she competes for the running club AK Mladost Užice. Jevtić holds the Serbian marathon record of 2:25:23, which she established at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2003. She won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. In December 2007, coach Kuzmanović and Jevtić went on an altitude training trip to Eldoret, Kenya, when violent conflict erupted from the 2007 Kenyan election crisis. Although they wanted to continue working out in spite of the violence, her training partner, Stanley Kipruto, insisted that their lives were in danger and led them out of Eldoret so that they could leave the country from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. After Jevtić and Kuzmanović were picked up by a Serbian diplomat-evacuation flight, Kipruto was caught by rebels, tortured, and lost four fingers. Subsequent to the violence in Kenya, Kipruto moved in to live with Jevtić and Kuzmanović in Užice and joined their running team Mladost.

She won the women's race at the Balkan Cross Country Championships in March 2011.

Jevtić was selected as young athlete of the year of 1996. In 2006 she was awarded Golden Badge of Sport, award for the sportperson of the Year in Serbia, and the same year, and the 1998 and 1999 was declared the best sportswoman by the Olympic Committee of Serbia and Yugoslavia.

Jevtić was stripped of third place in 2002 New York City Marathon and received a public warning after testing positive for the banned drug ephedrine. The president of NYRR at the time, Alan Steinfeld, told the New York Times that it was likely an "innocent mistake" and that ephedrine is common in cough suppressants.


  • 2015 Sarajevo Half Marathon 1st place
  • 2014 Sarajevo Half Marathon 1st place
  • 2013 European Team Championships, Second league 5000 m - 1st place
  • 2013 European Cup 10,000m - 3rd place
  • 2013 Belgrade Marathon 1st place
  • 2012 European Cross Country Championships 26th place
  • 2012 Podgorica Marathon 1st place
  • 2011 European Cross Country Championships 21st place
  • 2011 Torino Marathon 5th place
  • 2010 European Championship marathon 4th place
  • 2009 Saint Silvester Road Race 2nd place
  • 2009 Sarajevo Half Marathon 1st place
  • 2009 Belgrade Half Marathon 1st place
  • 2009 Podgorica Marathon 1st place
  • 2008 Belgrade Half Marathon 1st place
  • 2007 Porto Half Marathon 2nd place
  • 2006 Boston Marathon 7th place
  • 2006 European Championship marathon silver medal
  • 2005 Saint Silvester Marathon 1st place
  • 2004 Boston Marathon 3rd place
  • 2004 Olympic Games marathon 6th place
  • 2003 New York City Marathon 9th place
  • 2003 World Championship marathon 8th place
  • 2003 Amsterdam Marathon 1st place
  • 2002 New York City Marathon 3rd place (debut and DSQ)
  • 2002 New York City Mini Marathon 4th place
  • 2001 World Half Marathon Championships 7th place
  • 1998 Saint Silvester Marathon 1st place
  • 1998 European Championship 10,000 m fourth
  • 1998 European Championship 5000 m fourth
  • 1996 World Junior Championship in Athletics 5000 m silver medal
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