Croatia at the
2009 World Championships in Athletics
Croatian Athletics Federation
Croatia competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from 15–23 August. A team of 5 athletes was announced in preparation for the competition. Selected athletes have achieved one of the competition's qualifying standards. Blanka Vlašić defended her high jump world title.
Croatian team at the 2009 World Championships was selected by Siniša Ergotić, director of the Croatian Athletics Federation. Two out of five athletes qualified by meeting the A standard: Blanka Vlašić and Sandra Perković. Except for Sandra Perković, all athletes in the Croatian team had prior experience from major athletics competitions (European Championships, World Championships, or Olympic Games).
Jurica Grabušić also qualified by meeting the 110 meter hurdles B standard, but decided against competing after consultations with his coach.
Nedžad Mulabegović fell short of his season's best of 20.08 m by approximately one meter, and did not advance to the shot put final.
András Haklits advanced to the hammer throw final by improving on his season's best of 76.28 m. His best throw in the final was only slightly shorter, which was good enough for 7th place, and the greatest success of his career.
Did not advance
Blanka Vlašić at the World Championships in Berlin
Blanka Vlašić came to the World Championships with a season's best of 2.05 m, edged by world leading 2.06 m set by her main rival and home crowd favorite Ariane Friedrich, who had beaten Vlašić at the European Athletics Indoor Championships earlier that year.
Despite a warmup accident on the morning of high jump qualification, when Vlašić hit her head on the door frame and sustained a head injury that required stitches, she made the qualifying height without problems.
In the high jump final, Vlašić was one of three athletes to clear 2.02 m,