Serbian ultramarathoner, a fast walker, grows early vegetables in a greenhouse

In the race of his career, the ultramarathoner Nebojsa Stefanovic in the Czech town of Kladno near Prague, about twenty months ago, won second place and a silver medal at the international European ultramarathon. The man from Leskovac ran without interruption for 48 hours and ran 284 kilometers and 681 meters, which is the absolute national record of Serbia until today. The pension he receives and the income from agriculture, that is, the cultivation of early vegetables in greenhouses, are the basis for financing that sport on the international scene.

Photo: Tomislav Stevanović

The fastest postman in the world

In the name of many years of affirmation of sports and races of marathons and ultramarathons of seniors and veterans, Stefanović received during this 2021 special recognition of the State Athletic Federation during the last race around Lake Palić.

This until recently known Leskovac postman, according to recent unofficial Czech media records, is the fastest postman in the world. He was born in October 1963 in the Leskovac suburb of Donja Jajina. He has been involved in athletics for more than 30 years. He has been a long-term member of two reputable Leskovac athletic clubs AK “Dubocica” and AK “Gak-Leskovac”, and he has trained in other clubs in the country.

“I recently lost my wife, who died after a short illness, so running or brisk walking for a moment separates me from my severe everyday life, even though I ran almost half of the race barefoot “, says Nebojsa, who also went through” scylla and carbide “during his postal career.

Small pension and income from agriculture, from cultivation early vegetables in greenhouses, are the basis for financing this expensive sport on the international scene.

Vegetables sold at Leskovac’s “Green Market”

As he says, there is beautifully landscaped garden and a greenhouse for reputation. He grows early vegetables, enough for him and his family, but he finds, he claims, some surplus goods for sale on “Green Market”.

And so, with the help of the local self-government of the city on the banks of the river Veternica, donors and numerous sponsors, he managed to win the indoor championship of Serbia in 3000 meters. In the three-kilometer race at the Serbian Open Championship among speed walkers on Belgrade’s Kosutnjak a couple of times arrives first. He also won the third place at the Serbian championship for older seniors in Palić, and all that in a row…

Nebojsa Stefanovic medalPhoto: Tomislav Stevanović

This agricultural producer is the seventh on the world ranking list in the category of 50-60 years

According to the official records of the competent international association, Nebojsa Stefanovic from Leskovac has been in the last couple of years seventh in the world rankings in its category of 50 – 60 years. In the race of veterans in extreme weather conditions in the Czech city of Kladno, our Stefanović was second, right behind the Romanian Daniel Trusac and ahead of the Belgian Jasques Besko.

“I will run for another year, while my legs carry me. It is with great pleasure that I represent my city and my country at international races. I have a large number of friends among senior athletes in the world. “Unfortunately, the corona virus pandemic has slowed down all of us, and we will see how long it will be like that,” said Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Serbian record holder and agricultural producer from the vegetable settlement Donja Jajina, near Leskovac.

In the local community there, we unofficially find out that while he was delivering mail to the villages of Leskovac’s Poreč, he “knew how to run to escape from possible rain, or to run to the field immediately after work protect your greenhouses from the coming storm. “

Author: Tomislav Stevanović

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