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Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
Place of BirthRijeka, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Further Personal Information
Partner Bozena Jovicic
Rijeka, CRO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 in Rijeka, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He always liked sport, and first tried swimming, football and kickboxing. A school coach then recognised his talent and encouraged him to take up athletics.
Club / Team
AK Agram Osoba s Invaliditetom: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Slaven Brkljacic, CRO, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Fishing. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Former coach Ante Brkljacic. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
He competed with a knee injury at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, but went on to win a silver medal in the T20 long jump. (, 16 Aug 2017)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro due to a knee injury. He went on to win a silver medal in the T20 long jump at the Games. (, 11 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Croatia at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

He was named the Best Male Para Athlete in 2014 and 2016 by the Croatian Paralympic Committee. (, 09 Feb 2017)

In 2012 he received the Franjo Bucar State Award, the highest recognition for sport in Croatia. (, 2014)

He has been honoured with the Order of Danica Hrvatska by the President of Croatia. (, 2014)
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (, 30 Aug 2016)
He has an intellectual impairment. "I can do everything, but sometimes I need more time, I don't understand everything immediately." (, 11 Sep 2016)
Other information
He has won silver medals in the T20 long jump event at three consecutive world championships [2013, 2015, 2017] and two consecutive Paralympic Games [2012, 2016]. "Unfortunately, I finished again with silver. I believe that one day I will finally get a gold," he said after the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (, 16 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 Long Jump F20 7.09
2 2016 Long Jump T20 7.12
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 Long Jump F20 6.59
2 2013 Long Jump T20 7.07
2 2015 Long Jump T20 7.32
2 2017 Long Jump T20 7.32
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Long Jump T20 7.16
1 2016 Long Jump T20 7.36
1 2018 Long Jump T20 7.28