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KATANUSIC Ivan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthImotski, YUG
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F64
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Anamari Kozul
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He wanted to prove he could do anything, despite his impairment. He initially competed in sitting volleyball, but switched to athletics due to his preference for individual and strength based sports.
Club / Team
AK Uriho [CRO] / AK Zrinjevac [CRO]:
Name of coach
Roland Varga [personal]
Training Regime
He trains for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening.
General Interest
Hobbies
Going out with friends, learning. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a total of medals at the 2014, 2016 and 2018 European Championship and bronze in discus throw at the 2017 World Championships in London, Great Britain. (dalmacijadanas.hr, 10 Aug 2019; Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Roland Varga, and his first coach Ivan Ivancic. (imotskenovine.hr, 28 Jul 2016)
Injuries
In May 2018 he sustained an ankle joint injury. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 08 Mar 2019)

He was diagnosed with appendicitis in 2016 and underwent surgery. (jutarnji.hr, 21 Aug 2017)

He tore a ligament in his left foot during his first throw in the F44 discus throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He went on to finish fifth in the event, but required two months of rehabilitation following the Games. (sport.hrt.hr, 17 Sep 2016; jutarnji.hr, 21 Aug 2017)

He fractured his left fibula during a training session in 2015 after a 110kg weight fell on his leg. He underwent surgery and was sidelined for 10 months between 2015 and 2016. (imotskenovine.hr, 07 Mar 2016; radioimotski.hr, 28 Jul 2016; zssi.hr, 01 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger." (dalmacijadanas.hr, 10 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2015 Athlete of the Year by Croatian radio station Radio Imotski. (radioimotski.hr, 04 Apr 2016)
Other sports
He represented Croatia in sitting volleyball at international level. (imotskenovine.hr, 28 Jul 2016)
Famous relatives
His partner Anamari Kozul has represented Croatia in athletics. She was ranked 12th in hammer throw at the 2015 European Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jun 2017; radioimotski.hr, 01 Jul 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 08 Mar 2019)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee at three weeks old due to thrombosis. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016; jutarnji.hr, 21 Aug 2017)
Other information
PARTNER
He met his partner Anamari Kozul in 2014, when his former coach Ivan Ivancic passed away and he joined Kozul's training group led by coach Roland Varga. "Nowadays, we train together, support each other, gain achievements together and look forward for more to come. We have love, which is not only ours, intimate to each other, but also love through this wonderful sport". (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 19 Jun 2018)

COMPETING WITH ABLE-BODIED ATHLETES
He claimed silver medal in discus throw at the 2019 Croatian championships, competing with able-bodied athletes. "When I compete with able-bodied athletes, I have bigger power and motivation. I'm proud of all my medals claimed at national championships when I competed with able-bodied athletes. I'm planning to still fight in both competitions." (dalmacijadanas.hr, 10 Aug 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Discus Throw F44 55.36
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 Discus Throw F44 57.33
4 2017 Shot Put F44 15.20
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 Shot Put F44 14.61
3 2014 Discus Throw F44 47.39
2 2016 Discus Throw F44/46 55.59
1 2016 Shot Put F44 15.69
2 2018 Discus Throw F64 54.92