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Drazenko Mitrovic

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54

Further personal information

Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete, Sports Administrator
Languages
Serbian
Higher education
Coaching - College of Sports and Health: Belgrade, SRB

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
Coach Vlastimir Golubovic encouraged him to try discus and javelin.

General interest

Nicknames
Draza, Rumeni (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the F53/54 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Aleksandr Karelin. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A strong will does miracles." (smederevskenovine.rs, 07 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Sports Association for People with Disabilities in Belgrade, Serbia. (blic.rs, 23 Dec 2014)

In 2009 he was honoured with the Majska Nagrada award, the highest national honour given by the Serbian Sport Federation. (djurdjevak.com, 05 Apr 2016)

He was named Best Athlete with a Disability by the Sports Federation of Serbia in 2008. (paralympic.rs, 09 Sep 2012)

In 2006 he was named Best Athlete with a Disability in Belgrade, Serbia. (paralympic.rs, 09 Sep 2012)
Other sports
He competed in Para basketball at national level in Serbia. (telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)
Milestones
He became the first Serbian athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, following his silver medal in the F53/54 discus throw at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2018; paralympic.org, 03 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
He aspires to work as a coach after retiring from Para athletics. (Color Media Communications YouTube channel, 24 May 2019)
Impairment
He was wounded by gunfire while playing football at age 10. His injuries resulted in paraplegia. (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; ssrib.rs, 03 Apr 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2005 he launched AK Pogledi, an athletics club based in Belgrade, Serbia. (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F53/54 Final Round 13
Men's Discus Throw F54 Final Round 2
Men's Javelin F54 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F53/54 Final Round 2
Men's Javelin F53/54 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final 2011-01-24 2
Men's Shot Put F54-56 Final 2011-01-26 2
Men's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 2011-01-28 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-01 8
Men's Discus Throw F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-05 2
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-21 2
Men's Javelin F54-56 Final 1 2013-07-24 8
Men's Shot Put F54/55 Final 1 2013-07-27 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F54 Final 1 2017-07-23 5