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Franjo Mihalić

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFranjo•Mihalić
Used nameFranjo•Mihalić
Other namesФрањо Михалић
Born9 March 1920 in Ludina (CRO)
Died14 February 2015 in Beograd (Belgrade) (SRB)
Measurements175 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsPartizan Beograd, Beograd (SRB)
NOC Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatia


Franjo Mihalić was the first great Yugoslavian distance runner. His first major success came in winning the 10,000 metre silver medal at the 1951 Mediterranean Games, behind Alain Mimoun. Mihalić competed at three Olympics, highlighted by his marathon silver medal in 1956, also behind Mimoun. During his career he set 25 Yugoslavian records. His two biggest victories came in winning the 1953 International Cross-Country Championship and the 1958 Boston Marathon. He also won the prestigious Cinque Mulini Cross-Country race three times. Mihalić continued to compete through 1966 but stayed active, and took up race walking, later winning three gold medals in race walking at the Balkan Masters’ Games.

Personal Bests: 10000 – 29:37.6 (1954); Mar – 2-21:24 (1957).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics YUG CRO Franjo Mihalić
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 18
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics YUG CRO Franjo Mihalić
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1960 Summer Olympics Athletics YUG CRO Franjo Mihalić
Marathon, Men (Olympic) 12

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