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Ivan Katanusic



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Anamari Kozul
Zagreb, CRO
Croatian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He wanted to prove he could do anything, despite his impairment. He initially competed in sitting volleyball, but switched to athletics due to his preference for individual and strength based sports.
Club / Team
AK Uriho: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Roland Varga [club], CRO
Training Regime
He trains for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.

General interest

Going out with friends, learning. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Roland Varga, and his first coach Ivan Ivancic. (, 28 Jul 2016)
In May 2018 he sustained an ankle joint injury. (, 08 Mar 2019)

He was diagnosed with appendicitis in 2016 and underwent surgery. (, 21 Aug 2017)

He tore a ligament in his left foot during his first throw in the F44 discus throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He went on to finish fifth in the event, but required two months of rehabilitation following the Games. (, 17 Sep 2016;, 21 Aug 2017)

He fractured his left fibula during a training session in 2015 after a 110kg weight fell on his leg. He underwent surgery and was sidelined for 10 months between 2015 and 2016. (, 07 Mar 2016;, 28 Jul 2016;, 01 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." (, 10 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Best Male Para Athlete of the Year by the Zagreb Sports Federation for People with Impairments [ZSSI], and received a Special Recognition Award for Para athletes from Zagreb. (, 16 Dec 2019;, 02 Dec 2019)

He was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year by Croatian radio station Radio Imotski. (, 04 Apr 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Croatia in sitting volleyball at international level. (, 28 Jul 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Anamari Kozul has represented Croatia in hammer throw. She competed at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Apr 2021;, 01 Jul 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 08 Mar 2019)
His right leg was amputated below the knee at three weeks old due to thrombosis. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016;, 21 Aug 2017)
Other information
He met his partner Anamari Kozul in 2014, when his former coach Ivan Ivancic passed away and he joined Kozul's training group led by coach Roland Varga. "Nowadays, we train together, support each other, gain achievements together and look forward for more to come. We have love, which is not only ours, intimate to each other, but also love through this wonderful sport." (Facebook profile, 17 Jan 2021;, 19 Jun 2018)

He won silver in discus throw at the 2019 Croatian championships, competing against able-bodied athletes. "When I compete with able-bodied athletes, I have bigger power and motivation. I'm proud of all my medals claimed at national championships when I competed with able-bodied athletes. I'm planning to still fight in both competitions." (, 10 Aug 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 2016-09-16 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's Shot Put F44 Final 1 2017-07-23 4