- name: Zorana Arunovic
- year of birth: 1986
- nationality: Serbian
- birthplace: Belgrade
- discipline(s): AP40,SP
- pb: 592 Sport Pistol, 394 Air Pistol
- coach: Jelena Arunovic
- shoots with: Pardini Pistol
Zorana Arunovic, a pistol shooter from Serbia, has been steadily rising through the ranks since she arrived on the scene in 2001.
Her older sister and successful shooter Jelena was a great inspiration early on, providing coaching and encouragement and helping Zorana to win a medal at the European Championships 2004 in Hungary. She built on this success to win Bronze at the same event in Estonia in 2005, and won individual and team Golds at the 2006 European Junior Championships in Moscow.
This rapid rise to the top was just the start of a medals run that included Golds and Silvers at World Cups, World Championships, the Mediterranean Games and the World University Games. Particular highlights for Zorana were being named Serbian Sportswoman of the Year in 2010 and representing her country at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
More recently Zorana won 10m Air Pistol Gold in Maribor at the 2014 ISSF World Cup, and is now training hard for the World Championships in Granada and hoping to secure her place at Rio 2016.
60 seconds with Zorana
what are your hobbies and interests?
I really enjoy taking photos, especially macro photography. I also enjoy fishing with my best friend.
what is your occupation?
I am student majoring in Ukrainian Language and Literature, together with English and Russian.
what is your proudest moment?
I guess that would be winning the World Champion title in 2010 and becoming World Vice Champion the next day. Oh, and I can’t forget the Olympics: representing your country in the biggest and most important sports event in the world is a dream come true.
what is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Never underestimate the power of a good mood. Always try to be in a good mood no matter how bad things are. It actually helps you to recover much faster.
do you have a motto or saying?
Actually I do and always try to act according to it: the end is only when referee says stop. You need to push until the very end.