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Saska Sokolov

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46, F46

Further personal information

Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Student
Languages
Serbian
Higher education
Education - University of Belgrade: Serbia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2015 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Why this sport?
She trained in handball for 12 years before getting involved in Para athletics. Coach Vlastimir Golubovic noticed her potential while she was playing handball, and encouraged her to take up Para athletics. "Javelin throw is one of the most difficult disciplines and also one of the best to watch, somehow similar to handball."
Club / Team
AK Pogledi: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Bojan Ilic, SRB, from 2018

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, cycling. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing sixth in the F46 javelin throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and winning bronze in javelin throw at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019; TVKopernikus YouTube channel, 29 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Estonian javelin thrower Magnus Kirt. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She had a back injury when she competed at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (plusonline.rs, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you really want something and love it, then everything is possible. Most important is strong will, desire, and perseverance. Never give up." (iserbia.rs, 06 Feb 2017)
Other sports
She has played handball at national level for Serbian club ZRK Pirot. (pirot-online.net, 15 May 2016; plusonline.rs, 28 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (espreso.rs, 25 Oct 2019)
Impairment
She was born with a partially developed right arm and hand. (TVKopernikus YouTube channel, 29 Jul 2019)
Other information
NO LIMITS
Earlier in her sporting career she played handball for the ZRK Pirot in Serbia. "I played right wing at ZRK Pirot. I wanted to show others that people with an impairment can do any sport, no matter what. I never let anyone pull me back from achieving my goals. I pushed myself forward and showed that with will, courage, and confidence, people with an impairment can do regular sport as well." (espreso.rs, 25 Oct 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied sports coaching at the College of Sports and Health in Belgrade, Serbia. (iserbia.rs, 06 Feb 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F46 Final Round 2016-09-13 6