Belgrade, Dec. 28, 2009 (Serbia Today)-Swimmer Nadja Higl was selected as the best Serbian athlete in 2009 according to the 53rd traditional election of sports daily newspaper "Sport". The jury, made up of winners who won this recognition in the last few years, decided that the world champion winner in the 200 meters breaststroke deserves the most to win this remarkable award. At the ceremony held on Thursday, Dec. 24, in the Hotel Continental in Belgrade, Higl was awarded a traditional award - Golden badge "Sport." Beside Higl in competition for the best athlete for 2009 were swimmer Milorad Cavic, athlete Biljana Topic, water-polo player Filip Filipovic, tennis players Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic, rowers Nikola - Goran Jagar, and basketball player Novica Velickovic.
Traditionally, for the 15th time "Sport” also proclaimed the best young athlete of our country. The title was given to Tatjana Jelača, junior champion of Europe in the javelin throw.
Member of Serbian national team in swimming, Nadia Higl said that 2009 was the most successful year in her life, and also that she plans to improve her results next year.
Higl has achieved this year excellent results - she won the gold medal at the World Championship in Rome in the discipline of 200 meters breaststroke (result 2:21,62), and silver medal at the European Championship in small pools in Istanbul two weeks ago. Higl also won two silver medals at the Universiade in Belgrade this summer and has triumphed twice at the World Cup.
Because of good results in 2009, Higl was also declared the most successful athlete in the selection of the Olympic Committee of Serbia.