Name: Edvard Vecko
Playing for: Slovenia
Best result: Gold medal in teams and silver medal in doubles at the European Championships in 1962
In 1956, 12 years old, Edvard Vecko joined the club Olimpija Ljubljana. He quickly showed a big talent for table tennis and the successes did not let him wait. After winning both the Slovenian and Yugoslav youth championships, very quickly he advanced to the Junior National Team. Together with Istvan Korpa he became the 1962 European Junior Champion in doubles and Yugoslavian team won gold.
In the same year, Edvard Vecko was taken in the Yugoslav national team to the European Championships in Berlin. Again he won silver medal in doubles with Istvan Korpa and the Yugoslav team became European Champions.
At the European Championships 1964 in Malmö, Yugoslavia took a silver medal in team and in 1968 Edvard Vecko became European Champion in doubles with Anton Stipancic.
Between 1962 and 1969 Edvard Vecko played 140 international team matches for Yugoslavia. He participated four times in the World Championships and four times at the European Championships.
In the autumn of 1970, Edvard Vecko started as a national team coach in Austria. After that, there have been several training assignments. In front he has served in several German clubs in the Bundesliga.
At the EVC he has taken three gold medals, singles 50 in 1995 and 1997 and doubles 50 in 1995.
Edvard Vecko has also taken gold medals at WVC. In 1986 he took gold in both singles 40 and doubles 40 and he also has a silver medal from 2009 in singles 65.
Text: Per Hällström