Notable success of military athletes at the Championship of Serbia in Long Distance Triathlon
Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin and Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces, Major General Petar Cvetković, have spoken today with members of the national team of the Ministry of Defence and the Serbian Armed Forces who achieved notable success at the recently held National Championship of Serbia in Long Distance Triathlon at Ada Ciganlija.
Members of the “Cobras” Military Police Special Operations Battalion, Master Sergeant Igor Vuković and Master Sergeant Igor Sokolovski, who are also members of the military national team in triathlon, participated in a very demanding and complex discipline. Vuković passed the finish line with score 4:49:59, while Sokolovski finished the track in 5:00:10, which was enough for the 1st and the 2nd place in the category “Military and Police”. In the relay category, military personnel won excellent 3rd, 10th and 11th place in the competition of 23 relays.
Minister Vulin and General Cvetković congratulated on the remarkable success of military athletes, noting that the importance of their results was even greater given that they competed side by side with professional athletes.
Master Sergeant Vuković, who achieved the best result in the “Military and Police” category, emphasised that triathlon is a very demanding sport that involves swimming, cycling and running.
- These three sports have their own specificities when it comes to coaching, and these are also the long distances we have to prepare for. At this championship, we achieved good results and it was also a check before going to the world military games that await us in China – Master Sergeant Vuković said, adding that he was very pleased with his result and that of his colleagues.
One of the participants in the championship in the relay category is Captain Slobodan Ivković, who is a member of the military national team in orienteering. He points out that this was a new experience for him in that discipline, but he expressed his pleasure that he was part of the team.
- This was a very good preparation and training for going to the World Military Games in China – Captain Ivković emphasises, assessing that the time he achieved was within the range expected.
At today's meeting, members of the “Cobras” battalion presented Minister Vulin with the statue they won at the National Championship in Long Distance Triathlon, as a token of gratitude for support to the “Cobras” triathlon team.