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Judo In Montenegro

Judo In Montenegro/Božidar Markuš

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14. DRAGOMIR BEČANOVIĆ The case of Dragomir Bečanović, the world judo champion, is a story for the Guinness book of records, but also a story that gives a clear answer to the most frequently asked question: What is most important for success? In the “Olga Golović” elementary school in Nikšić, in the 1970s, a school division of the judo club “Akademik” was in operation and its coach was Petar Ilić. To one of the training sessions came then ten-year old Dragomir Bečanović. Tall, thin and tenacious, he was more predisposed for athletics and similar sports than for judo. His determination and incredible perseverance left no dilemma regarding his possibly mistaken choice of sport. From the first day he gave the impression of being at the right place and knowing exactly what he wanted. Even when he did not manage to realize the objective, he was certain to know why the events took such a course as well as that he would succeed the next time. His selfconfidence and perseverance often did not lead to the expected results, especially in the beginning, when it was most difficult, and when the first steps were learned. It was clear from the start: Bečanović came firmly resolved to succeed. His motivation was so strong that, sometimes, one could get the impression that he was not in the least interested in serious warnings 165

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