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Marian Kureja

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51

Further personal information

Family
Partner Jana
Residence
Banská Bystrica, SVK
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Slovak

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012 in Slovakia.
Why this sport?
Before his accident he was a competitive javelin thrower. He initially took up Para table tennis following his accident, but later returned to athletics. "I started with table tennis in Zarnovica [Slovakia] and that helped me a lot. My arms improved, my torso improved, I strengthened, I got to move. In addition, I met many people in a similar situation to me and I gained a lot from that. When I tried Para athletics, I liked it and I stayed with it. So I went back to throwing and it brought me back to the sport."
Club / Team
SK Sportlife Banska Bystrica: Slovakia
Name of coach
Vladimir Bezdicek [national], SVK

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Slovakia

General interest

Hobbies
Sport, music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F51 club throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His partner Jana Sucikova. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is lost in advance, therefore one must live and fight until the end." (paralela.sk, 10 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. (sme.sk, 28 Mar 2019)
Other sports
Prior to his accident, he was a Slovakian youth champion in able-bodied javelin. (sport.aktuality.sk, 10 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.aktuality.sk, 10 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In 2001 he broke the sixth cervical vertebra of his spine after landing awkwardly when jumping into a lake. He has quadriplegia as a result of the accident. (spv.sk, 2016; pluska.sk, 12 Feb 2009)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2015-10-29 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2017-07-17 4