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Nikolina Sustic Stankovic of Croatia ultramarathon world champion in 2018
http://www.croatia.org/crown/articles/11133/1/Nikolina-Sustic-Stankovic-of-Croatia-ultramarathon-world-champion-in-2018.html
By Nenad N. Bach and Darko Žubrinić
Published on 12/30/2018
 
Nikolina Šustić Stanković is the world ultramarathon world champion (100 km!) for 2018. This is one of the greatest achievements of Croatian sports. Native of the city of Split, employed as a computer software tester, she leads a humble life, and became a top sportswoman without any trainer whasoever! This makes her achievment even more amazing. The city of Split is a cradle world class sportsmen and sportswomen: Goran Ivanišević (tennis), Toni Kukoč (basketball), Blanka Vlašić (high jumping), Ivano Balić (handball), ... , to name just a few.

Beautiful Croatian lady the world champion in 100 km ultrarunning in Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia
With this article we are closing the most amazing sports year in Croatian history:
FIFA World Cup football success, Luka Modrić success, Davis Cup success, Sandra Perković success, Sinković borthers success, Nikolina Šustić success, ...
Merry Christamas and a Happy New Year!

Nikolina Šustić Stanković in her native city of Split on Croatian coast, in front of the cathedral and the mountain of Mosor behind it.
(Photo by Paun Paunović / HANZA MEDIA)

This is one of the greatest achievements in the history of Croatian sports. Native of the city of Split, employed as a computer software tester, she leads a humble life, and became a top sportswoman without any trainer whasoever! This makes her achievment even more amazing. The city of Split is a cradle of world class sportsmen and sportswomen: Goran Ivanišević (tennis), Toni Kukoč (basketball), Blanka Vlašić (high jumping), Ivano Balić (handball), ... , to name just a few.


Nikolina Šustić Stanković, 2018 IAU (International Association of Ultrarunners) 100km World Champion, Interview
Ultramaraton race was superbly organized in the town of Sveti Martin na Muri on the north of Croatia.
The corresponding region of Međimurje is known for very specific and beautiful Croatian folk songs.




Nikolina Sustic Pre-2018 IAU 100k World Championships Interview


Nikolina Šustić Stanković with her twin-sister Nate.

Nikolina Šustić Stanković, world ultramarathon champion for 2018.


Nikolina Šustić Stanković, the ultramarathon 100 km champion in 2018 (more than 7 hours and 20 minutes of running!).
The second place has been won by Nela Alder-Baerens (Germany, -2 min) and the third by Mai Fujisawa (Japan, -20 min)

Female team rank is also surprising: 1. Japan, 2. South Africa, 3. Croatia

In the male category, the first three runners were Yamauchi Hideaki, Takehiko Gyoba (Japan) and Bongmasu Mthembu (South Africa).
For more details, please see International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).



Nikolina Šustić Stanković in her native city of Split, in front of the cathedral and Diocletian's palace.
(Photo by Paun Paunović / HANZA MEDIA)




Nikolina Šustić Stanković winner of the 2017 ultramarathon race in Florence, Italy.
The crowd went crazy upon seing such a winner...


Many thanks to Carmen Verlichak for her kind information.