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Petar Milenkovic

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Jelena, son Lazar
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Serbian
Higher education
Banking, Economics - Belgrade Business College: Serbia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up weightlifting at age 17 and began Para powerlifting in 2005, less than a year after his accident. He started competing in Para powerlifting in 2007.
Why this sport?
He had practised the sport prior to his accident. "Between the ages of seven and 16 I did karate. At age 17 I began weightlifting as I went to the gym with my older sister and got interested in it. After my accident I decided to return to the sport as I simply love it."
Club / Team
Powerlifting Club P1: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Josh Bryant [personal]
Training Regime
He trains between four and six times per week.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Serbia

General interest

Hobbies
Smoking cigars. (menshealth.rs, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2018 European Championships in Berck-Sur-Mer, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 May 2021; Soccer Bet YouTube channel, 17 Apr 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (mondo.rs, 31 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Kazakhstani weightlifter Ilia Ilyin. (Athlete, 07 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We have one life, one chance, so there is no time for waiting." (RTS Tako stoje stvari - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 16 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He won the 2018 Exceptional Mental and Physical Excellence Award from the Serbian Men's Health magazine. (menshealth.rs, 13 Dec 2018)
Other sports
He has represented Serbia in Para athletics at international level and placed sixth in the F55 shot put at the 2012 European Championships in Stadskanaal, Netherlands. He was also a national youth champion in karate in the former Yugoslavia and competed in body building at international level. (Klub Sampiona YouTube channel, 16 Feb 2019; menshealth.rs, 01 Jan 2018; RTS Tako stoje stvari - Zvanicni kanal YouTube channel, 16 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mondo.rs, 31 Jul 2019)
Impairment
At age 20 he was involved in a road traffic accident, which resulted in paraplegia. (Athlete, 05 Jun 2019; b92.net, 19 Jun 2016; liceulice.org, 19 Jun 2011)
Other information
CIGARS FOR RELAXATION
He describes himself as a cigar sommelier and likes to smoke one every two days to help him relax. "I have a very pronounced hedonistic trait. I deal in cigars and I have the title of sommelier. People often ask me how that fits in with a top sport, but they're not cigarettes. The only purpose of cigars is relaxation and meditation. They have substances that relax the nervous system, and are even good for rest. I have one cigar every other day, because I am very careful not to spoil everything by over indulging. It's also more of a treat when you don't smoke them all the time." (Instagram profile, 29 Sep 2020; menshealth.rs, 01 Jan 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in banking. (mondo.rs, 31 Jul 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -97 kg Final Round 2016-09-13 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 107.00kg Final 2017-12-02 5