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Miljenko Vucic

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Family
One daughter
Residence
Ogulin, CRO
Occupation
Administrator, Athlete, Engineer
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Engineering, Physics - University of Rijeka: Croatia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2010 in Pula, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He initially competed in able-bodied handball. He switched to Para athletics after one of his friends introduced him to athletics coach Danial Temim. "When God closes a door, he opens a window. I didn't want to give up, I had will and I started to do Para athletics."
Club / Team
AK Odisej: Kutina, CRO
Name of coach
Mihovil Rendulic [club], CRO, from 2012

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Croatia

General interest

Hobbies
Driving vintage cars. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F12 shot put at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy, and claiming bronze in the same event at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mihovil Rendulic. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German shot put athlete Ulf Timmermann. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I work hard, and fight for my goal first and foremost with heart, perseverance and dedication. I believe in me." (kaportal.net.hr, 14 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (kaportal.net.hr, 14 Nov 2019)
Impairment
His vision began to deteriorate at age 22. His impairment is a result of retinitis pigmentosa. (sportnet.rtl.hr, 08 Sep 2016; Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
Since 2013 he has served as president of the Association of the Blind in Ogulin, Croatia, and says he wants to motivate people with impairments to feel equal members of society. "A small number of people with impairments are employed, I don't know why these people stay quiet, they don't depend on anyone, any associations, unions, or committees, and it's about their rights. We want and can work, have a family and be equal citizens, and we must get involved in political life. During my time as president, I am very proud of my work, my staff and members, who have accepted my ideas and guidelines. We have become an association that can and wants to work better and better." (in-portal.hr, 04 Nov 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2013-07-20 5
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2013-07-24 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-22 5
Men's Discus Throw F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 13
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2017-07-22 4