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Florin Cojoc

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47, F46

Further personal information

Residence
Iasi, ROU
Occupation
Sports Administrator, Sports Teacher
Languages
English, Romanian
Higher education
Sports Science - Alexandru Ioan Cuza University: Iasi, ROU

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1997 in Iasi, Romania.
Why this sport?
He wanted to compete at the Paralympic Games.

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Romania
Location
Imola, ITA

General interest

Hobbies
Travelling. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at both the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, Argentine footballer Lionel Messi, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He has ruptured a tendon in his left leg during his career. The injury resulted in thrombosis. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We must learn from victories, but also from our defeats." (gsp.ro, 07 Sep 2012)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Romania at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

He was presented with a special prize by the local council of Iasi, Romania, in recognition of his performances in 2011 and 2016. (ziaruldeiasi.ro, 22 Dec 2016; curierul-iasi.ro, 26 Jan 2012)
Other sports
Between 2005 and 2008 he played football in the Romanian fourth division for Rampa Holboca, Astra Raducaneni, Viitorul Belcesti and Vointa Voinesti. He has also coached football at junior level in Romania. (asmagna.info, 03 Sep 2012; crainou.ro, 28 Aug 2012)
Impairment
At age 12 he accidentally touched a high voltage wire, which resulted in his left arm being amputated. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016; 20 Aug 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In November 2018 he retired from Para athletics to focus on his job as a football coach and his role as president of CS 'Mark2000', a sports club in Iasi, Romania. (Facebook profile, 30 Sep 2019; LinkedIn profile, 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He gained a master's degree in fitness and sports studies from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. He has worked as a physical education teacher, and also coached football at a private sports club in Iasi, Romania. (monitorulsv.ro, crainou.ro, 05 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F46 Final 2011-01-22 11
Men's 100 m T46 Heat 2 2011-01-25 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F46 Final Round 2012-09-03 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-16 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-16 8