— Published 3 October 2022

Family tradition

And that’s two. After Ukraine’s Yaroslava Mahuchikh in 2019, a second high jumper has been nominated by the Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC) to receive the Piotr Nurowski Award for 2022. The award was created in 2011 by the EOC to recognise young athletes for their “outstanding sporting performance, but also exceptional behaviour on and off the field“. For the class of 2022, the award goes to Serbian high jumper Angelina Topić (pictured above). She narrowly edged out British diver Andrea Spendolini Sirieix, with 33% of the vote, compared to 31% for the high jumper. Born in Belgrade in 2005, Angelina Topić broke the under-18 world record this year (1.96m). At the European multisport championships in Munich, she made history by becoming the youngest medalist in the history of the competition, thanks to her third place in the high jump. The young Serbian has a lot to live up to, as both her parents, high jumper Dragutin Topić and triple jumper Biljana Topić, are Olympians. In addition to the trophy, Angelina Topić received a training grant of 15,000 euros from the EOC.