Milorad Čavić

Milorad "Milo" Čavić (Serbian Cyrillic: Милорад Чавић, pronounced [mîloraːd tʃǎːʋitɕ]; born May 31, 1984) is a Serbian former professional swimmer.

Milorad Čavić
Čavić at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s)Čavke, Čava, Majkula, Mike, Milo
National team Yugoslavia (2000–03)
 Serbia and Montenegro
 Serbia (2006–12)
Born (1984-05-31) May 31, 1984
Anaheim, California, United States
Height1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
ClubJSD Partizan
College teamUniversity of California, Berkeley

Swimming career

Born in Anaheim, California and a citizen of both Serbia and the United States, he attended Tustin High School in California, where he set four CIF records and a national high school mark in the 50 yd freestyle.[1] While swimming for the University of California, Berkeley and training with Mike Bottom, Čavić set a new school and Pac-10 record in the 100 yd butterfly (45.44 s).

Representing Serbia and Montenegro at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Dublin 2003, Čavić won the gold medal in 100 m butterfly and set a new world record in the short course. He also won a silver medal in 50 m freestyle. Čavić defended his European 100 m title on subsequent short-course championships in Helsinki 2006 (finishing 50.63), Debrecen 2007 (finishing at 50.53) and Rijeka 2008 (finishing at 49.19 and setting a new European record).[2] He also took silver on 50 m butterfly in Rijeka.[3]

On December 14, 2007 Čavić defended his European championship in the 100 m butterfly in Helsinki, finishing at 50.63 seconds. On December 14, 2007, the sprinter defended his European championship again in the 100 m butterfly in Debrecen, finishing at 50.53 seconds.

In 2008, Čavić won the European championship in the 50 m butterfly, setting the new European record (23.11) in Eindhoven, Holland – a result briefly quashed when the European Swimming Federation (LEN) immediately disqualified the swimmer for wearing a T-shirt at the medals ceremony that read "Kosovo is Serbia".[4]

At the end of the year, he was declared the best Serbian athlete.

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, Čavić won gold in the 50 m butterfly [5] and broke the 100 m butterfly world record in the semifinals finishing in 50.01 seconds.[6] In the finals Čavić won silver with time of 49.95. In that final, Both Cavic and winner Phelps became the first two swimmers to swim the 100 fly under 50 seconds.

He missed competitions in 2010 due to spinal surgery.[7]

Olympic Committee of Serbia (and Montenegro) proclaimed him sportsman of the year three times, 2003, 2008 and 2009.[8]

In 2012 (May 26, 2012), he won gold medal at 2012 European Aquatics Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, in 100 meters butterfly, setting the best time in the world in 2012 and new championship record – 51.45 seconds.

Olympic career

2000 Sydney Summer Olympics

At the age of 16, Čavić represented Yugoslavia at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in the 100 m butterfly (disqualified) and 100 backstroke – 42nd – 58.25 s.[9]

100 m butterfly DSQ
100 m backstroke 42nd58.25

2004 Athens Summer Olympics

Čavić represented Serbia and Montenegro at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece in the 100 m butterfly, 50 m freestyle and the 100 m freestyle.

100 m butterfly Semifinal ranking – 16th53.12
50 m freestyle Heats ranking – 31st23.05
100 m freestyle Heats ranking – 19th49.74

Čavić was leading in a semifinal of the 100 metre butterfly, but right after the turn at the halfway point of the race, his suit opened at the neck and sucked in water, causing Čavić to finish last. In the heats of the 100 metre freestyle, Čavić finished 19th missing the semi-finals by 0.02 seconds.

Čavić trained at The Race Club, a swimming club founded by Olympic swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and his father, Gary Hall, Sr. The Race Club, originally known as "The World Team," was designed to serve as a training group for elite swimmers across the world in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. To be able to train with the Race Club, one must either have been ranked in the top 20 in the world the past 3 calendar years or top 3 in their nation in the past year. The Race Club included such well known swimmers as Roland Mark Schoeman, Mark Foster, Ryk Neethling, Ricky Busquet and Therese Alshammar.[10] The Race Club offers various swimming camps, swim clinics, and swimming technique video recording year round for young swimmers at their Islamorada, Florida based training center.[11]

2008 Beijing Summer Olympics

Čavić represented Serbia at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, People's Republic of China in two swimming events. Even though he qualified for the 100 metre freestyle semi-final Čavić withdrew in order to prepare for the 100 metre butterfly.

On August 14, 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Čavić broke the 100 meter butterfly Olympic Record during the preliminary heats, finishing ahead of Michael Phelps and also recorded the fastest time in the semi-finals. Čavić came in second to Phelps by 1/100 of a second in the final, and became Serbia's inaugural Olympiad medalist. It was Phelps' seventh gold medal of the Olympiad. The Serbian team initially challenged the result but FINA later confirmed the finish. Čavić later wrote in his blog: "People, this is the greatest moment of my life. If you ask me, it should be accepted and we should move on. I’ve accepted defeat, and there’s nothing wrong with losing to the greatest swimmer there has ever been".[12]

Čavić continued training at The Race Club.[10]

2012 London Summer Olympics

Čavić represented Serbia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, making it his sporting finale. He qualified for the 100 meter butterfly final and tied for fourth place.

Honours and awards

See also


  1. Scott M. Reid, 'Controversial O.C. Serb could spoil Phelps' gold rush'. Archived 2008-08-29 at the Wayback Machine The Orange County Register. August 14, 2008
  2. "Čavić wins gold, sets new record". December 13, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.
  3. "Čavić takes another medal in Croatia". December 15, 2008. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011.
  4. "Kazna Čaviću bruka Evrope" [Cavic's sentence, shame for Europe]. Blic (in Serbian). March 22, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2009.
  5. Andrew Dampf (July 27, 2009). "Cavic wins 50 fly and warns Phelps for 100". USA Today. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  6. "Swimming: Phelps sees another record go". CNN. July 31, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2009.
  7. Milorad Cavic May Withdraw From European Championships. (2010-06-10). Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  8. Trofej OKS – Najuspešniji sportisti.
  9. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Milorad Čavić". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  10. The World Team. The Race Club. Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  11. Swim Camps | The Race Club | Swimming Technique, Swimming Training Program, Florida Swim Camps, Summer Swim Camps. The Race Club. Retrieved on 2014-07-24.
  12. Christopher Clarey, 'Cavic Finds a Personal Triumph in the Narrowest of Defeats'. New York Times. August 16, 2008
Preceded by
Novak Djokovic
The Best Athlete of Serbia
Succeeded by
Nađa Higl
Preceded by
Michael Phelps
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (long course)

July 31, 2009 – August 1, 2009
Succeeded by
Michael Phelps
Preceded by
Rafael Muñoz Pérez
Men's 100 metre butterfly
European record holder (long course)

July 31, 2009 –
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Yevgeny Korotyshkin
Men's 100 metre butterfly
European record holder (short course)

December 12, 2008 – November 15, 2009
Succeeded by
Yevgeny Korotyshkin
Preceded by
Thomas Rupprath
Men's 100 metre butterfly
world record holder (short course)

December 12, 2003 – March 26, 2004
Succeeded by
Ian Crocker
Preceded by
Sergiy Breus
Men's 50 metre butterfly
European record holder (long course)

March 19, 2008 – April 5, 2009
Succeeded by
Rafael Muñoz Pérez
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