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Bil Marinkovic

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Family
Four children
Residence
Vienna, AUT
Languages
English, German, Romanian, Serbian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1995 in Vienna, Austria.
Why this sport?
He wanted to prove to people that he could succeed in sport despite his visual impairment.
Club / Team
SVS Leichtathletik: Austria
Name of coach
Gerhard Mayer [personal], AUT
Training Regime
He trains at coach Gerhard Mayer's personal facility in Franzensdorf, Austria.

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Austria
Location
Lisbon, POR

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F11 javelin throw at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. "The golden one was a long time ago, but I still remember it very fondly. To be first at the Paralympics and to hear the national anthem is the greatest feeling ever. I'm working to relive that." (oepc.at, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Gregor Hogler. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny, Estonian discus thrower Gerd Kanter. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He was sidelined from competing in the shot put at the 2019 Croatia Open in Split due to a shoulder injury. He only competed in the discus at the event. (hilfsgemeinschaft.at, 01 Aug 2019)

He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in 2017. He returned to full training in February 2018 and made his competitive comeback in April that year. (gerhard-mayer.at, 29 Apr 2018)

He had an operation on a meniscus tear in his knee in December 2010. (wiev1.orf.at, 17 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He received the Para Athlete of the Year award at the 2016 Vienna Sports Awards in Austria. (ots.at, 29 Sep 2016)

He was named Para Athlete of the Year in Austria in 2007 and 2010. (hilfsgemeinschaft.at, 27 Aug 2010)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lukasweisshaidinger.com, 11 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He lost his sight at age 15 due to a genetic condition. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015; oepc.at, 15 Aug 2012)
Other information
BOOK
His biography was released in September 2013. It was written by author Reinold-Othmar Salat and titled 'Als die Sonne fur immer unterging' [As the sun went down forever]. (oepc.at, 10 Sep 2013)

TO SERBIA AND BACK
He was born in Vienna, Austria, but moved to Serbia at a young age. He returned to Vienna at age 10. (m-media.or.at, 21 Jan 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T12 Heat 5 3
Men's Pentathlon P12 Final Round 6
Men's Javelin F12 Final Round 5
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 9
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F11/12 Final Round 4
Men's Discus Throw F11/12 Final Round 6
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F11 Final Round 1
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F11 Final Round 1
Men's Long Jump F11 Final Round 10
Men's 100 m T11 Heat 4 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Pentathlon P12 Final Round 3
Men's Javelin F12 Final Round 7
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final Round 9
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 2011-01-22 3
Men's Javelin F11 Final 2011-01-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-03 8
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2013-07-20 5
Men's Javelin F11 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
Men's Shot Put F11 Final 1 2013-07-25 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F11 Final 1 2015-10-25 4
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2015-10-27 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus F11 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2017-07-17 2