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Cavic, Jankovic Elected as Best Serbian Athletes in 2008
    2008-12-21 11:18:13     Xinhua

Serbia's top swimmer Milorad Cavic and best female tennis player Jelena Jankovic were on Saturday elected best athletes of the year in the Balkan country.

Cavic and Jankovic received the honor in a ceremony organized by the Serbian Olympic Committee in Belgrade.

Cavic, 24-year-old, won two gold and two silver medals this year, including a second place finish at the Beijing Olympics.

Jankovic, 23-year-old, won four WTA titles and first took over the No. 1 ranking on Aug. 11 and then again ascended to that height on Oct. 6. She has held the top ranking for a total of 12 weeks.

The Serbian men's water polo team was declared the most successful men's team for the sixth consecutive year. The team won three medals: gold at the World League, silver at the European championship, and bronze at the Olympic Games in Beijing.

As for women's teams, the national volleyball squad was declared the best after they qualified for the Olympics for the first time in history of Serbian volleyball for women.

The best disabled athletes are table tennis player Borislava Peric-Rankovic and track-and-field competitor Drazenko Mitrovic, who won silver and bronze respectively at the Paralympic Games in Beijing.



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