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Mihovil Spanja

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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Media Professional, Public Relations Professional
Languages
English, Croatian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age one.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport to help with his impairment and because he was born close to the sea.

General interest

Nicknames
Miho, Mihi (IPC, 13 Oct 2009; adventure-sport.net, 07 Dec 2005)
Hero / Idol
Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. (ParalympicSportTV, 25 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Veni, vidi, vici." [Julius Caesar] (hpo.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Awards and honours
He was awarded Best Sportsman with a Disability in Croatia in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 by the Croatian Disabled Sports Association. (unidu.hr, 13 Oct 2009)

He was awarded the Franjo Bucar Award in 2004 by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia. (public.mzos.hr, 13 Oct 2009)

He was presented with the Order of the Croatian Danica in 2004. (unidu.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Other sports
Before focusing on swimming he played water polo and helped South Dubrovnik win the Croatian Cup in 1997. (adventure-sport.net, 07 Dec 2005)
Impairment
The impairment to his right leg is a result of polio. He contracted the illness as an infant. (vecernji.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He quit competitive swimming after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He retired as Croatia's most successful Paralympian, having won a total of four world championship gold medals and four bronze medals at the Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 11 Nov 2013, 02 Sep 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Butterfly S7 Heat 1 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heats 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 4
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 18
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heats 2
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heats 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 2
Men's 5,000 m Open Water Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heats 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heats 6
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley SM8 Heat 1 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 6
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2012-08-30 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final Round 2012-08-30 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2012-09-05 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final Round 2012-09-05 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2012-09-06 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S7 Heat 1 2012-09-06 2