Terzic ready for memorable performance in Belgrade

Amela Terzić
European Athletics

Amela Terzic of Serbia celebrates after winning the junior women's race at the 19th SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Budapest.

It is just over three weeks until the 2013 SPAR European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade and for Serbian Amela Terzic the chance to shine once again and treat the crowd to a special performance.

"My goal is to win a medal for my country in December," she says.

Eleven months ago in Budapest, Amela Terzic finally achieved gold in the junior event after taking bronze and silver in the two previous years.

Full set in the bag, now for the step up from junior to under 23 and no better place to do it than at home.

With that target in mind, Terzic is adding the finishing touches to her preparation in the way she has previously prepared for this event by going to the ancient seaport of Ulcinj in Macedonia.

"We have been training in Ulcinj where we have top conditions for several years now," she said.

Terzic is one of the leading stars of Serbian athletics, her status growing every year.

She was as young as 15 when she first made her name at the Balkan Junior Athletics Championships, winning silver in the 800m and bronze in the 1500m.

She has not looked back.

In Tallinn, in 2011, at the European Athletics Junior Championships, Terzic won double gold - in the 1500m and 3000m.

This summer, she was one of the stars at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere where she took the 1500m title.

A runner with the ability to strike whether it be the track or the terrain, she is now heading to Belgrade on 8 December knowing it would be arguably the best result of her career if she did win on Serbian soil.

After silver in Albufeira in 2010 and then bronze in Velenje in 2011, Terzic made it to the top of the podium in Szentendre, Budapest, last December when she won in 13:29.

Emelia Gorecka of Great Britain came second in 13:37, with Germany's Maya Rehburg third in 13:43.

That was over a 6km course and though the under-23 race is over 8km, Terzic's record speaks for itself and she will be ready to make her mark once again.

In other news Slovakia and the Czech Republic have named their respective teams for Belgrade.

Slovakia will send four runners after their team selection following the national championships.

Juraj Vitko and Katarina Beresova will run in the senior races and Patrik Zubor and Lucia Janeckova in the junior races.

The Czech Republic will be represented in each category and will bid for team glory in the senior women’s and junior boys’ races.

Their squad is:
Senior men: Milan Kocourek and Lukas Kourek.
Senior women: Lucie Sekanova, Kvetoslava Peckova, Kamila Gregorova, Monika Preibischova and Eva Krchova.
Under-23 men: Jan Janu.
Under-23 women: Diana Mezulianikova.
Junior boys: Jakub Zemanik, Jan Fris, Josef Havlicek, Dominik Sadlo and Adam Zenkl.
Junior girls: Moira Stewart.