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MILENKOVIC Petar
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Serbia   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthBelgrade, YUG
Height1.90 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
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.
Senior 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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2016 97kg  NoM
5 2021 97kg 203.0
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 107kg 225.0
5 2019 97kg 223.0
6 2021 97kg 216.0
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2013 97kg  NoM
3 2015 97kg 210
1 2018 97kg 211