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Helena Javornik in the half marathon race at the 2011 Zagreb Marathon.
Helena Javornik in the half marathon race at the 2011 Zagreb Marathon.

Helena Javornik (born 26 March 1966, in Celje) is a Slovenian long-distance runner who has specialized in all distances from 1500 metres to the marathon race.

She holds the current national record in 10,000 m with 31:06.63 minutes, achieved at the 2004 Summer Olympics.

She won the Ljubljana Marathon three times consecutively between 1996 and 1998. Her course record of 2:32:33 went unbettered for eleven years.

She tested positive for EPO in March 2008 and was banned for two years by the International Association of Athletics Federations in June 2008. The ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport; she will next be eligible to compete in June 2010.[1][needs update]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Slovenia
1993 Mediterranean Games Narbonne, France 1st Marathon 2:42:58
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland Marathon DNF
1995 Vienna Marathon Vienna, Austria 1st Marathon 2:36:30
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 9th 3000 m 9:00.92
Military World Games Zagreb, Croatia 1st 1500 m 4:07.34
3rd 5000 m 15:37.50
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 8th 1500 m 4:15.76
Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 6th 1500 m 4:18.51
4th 5000 m 15:56.67
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 9th 3000 m 9:04.83
European Championships Munich, Germany 14th 5000 m 16:06.32
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 10th 10,000 m 31:06.63 NR
Amsterdam Marathon Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st Marathon 2:27:32

Personal bests


  1. ^ CAS Backs IAAF in Javornik Case, March 13, 2009