Maruša Mišmaš Zrimšek is the best Slovenian middle-distance runner. She holds national records in the 2,000 and 3,000 metres steeplechase, which is also her flagship discipline. She was also sixth at the Tokyo 2020 (2021) Olympics.
In 2014, she was named the most promising young sports personality, and a year later she became the Balkan Athletics Indoor Champion in the 3,000 metres steeplechase and the Balkan Cross Country Champion.
In 2016, she competed in her first European Athletics Championship in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, an injury prevented her from competing at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics after she had already met the Olympic qualifying standard.
Perseverance in rehabilitation after the injury was repaid at the 2018 European Championship in Berlin, when she competed in the finals of the 3,000 metres steeplechase and set the new national record.
With perseverance and hard work, Maruša already won a ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics at the Diamond League athletic competition in Shanghai in 2019, and in the fall of the same year, she also competed at the IAAF World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
2020 has been full of surprises, also for athletes. Rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games surprised Maruša, but it nevertheless motivated her for intensive further preparation. At the competition, she impressed with her athletic performance and placed in an excellent sixth place.
At the start of the 2023 season, she bettered the national record she set at Tokyo 2021 by about a second at the first meeting of the Diamond League in Doha, where she finished fifth.
She only increased her success in the rest of the season. At the track and field meet in Reghlingen, Germany, she won the 1,500 meters, falling short of the meet record by less than a second. The European Games in Poland brought her a silver medal.
Ahead of her is a colorful season and at the same time intensive preparations for the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris 2024. The goal of the young athlete is above all to enjoy the training and the upcoming sport projects.