Veliša Mugoša

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameVeliša•Mugoša
Used nameVeliša•Mugoša
Original nameВелиша•Мугоша
Born14 April 1931 in Donji Gorica, Podgorica (MNE)
Died14 April 1979 in Beograd (Belgrade), Beograd (SRB)
Measurements175 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsCrvena zvezda, Beograd (SRB)
NOC Yugoslavia
Nationality Montenegro


Veliša Mugoša was a distance runner who ran the 5,000 metres at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. He was the first Yugoslav to better 14 minutes for the 5K, which he did on 1 July 1956 in Beograd. Mugoša studied geography and philosophy at the University of Belgrade. He was second in the 5,000 at the 1957 Universiade. In 1958 he travelled to the United States where he raced the indoor season, winning the 1958 AAU Indoor Championship in the 3-mile. He also finished second behind Deacon Jones in the 2-mile at the Boston Athletic Association Games. Mugoša represented several clubs during his career, including Budućnost, Olimpija Ljubljana, Mladost Zagreb, and AK Partizan.

Personal Best: 5000 – 13:58.8 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics YUG MNE Veliša Mugoša
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) AC r2/2