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SANDOR Velimir
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthZagreb, YUG
Height2.07 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F52
Further Personal Information
Residence
Velika Gorica, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Economist
Languages
Croatian, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para athletics in 2009 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to spend my free time outside of the house."
Club / Team
AKOSI Uspon: Velika Gorica, CRO
Name of coach
Ivan Cengic [personal], CRO, from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Croatia
General Interest
Hobbies
Table tennis, computer games, cards. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F52 discus throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ivan Cengic. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He suffered from a cervical spine injury from June to October in 2019. (cityportal.hr, 02 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Progress is a reflection of good, quality work - when you give 100%. Of course every title makes me happy, but it also encourages me to devote more effort to throwing a new world record one day." (hpo.hr, 31 May 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received the Golden Coat of Arms of Pokupsko, Croatia, in recognition of his contribution in promoting his hometown. (vgdanas.hr, 06 Mar 2021)

In 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was named the Best Male Para Athlete in Velika Gorica, Croatia. (01portal.hr, 20 Dec 2018; zgprsten.hr, 29 Dec 2017; zsugvg.hr, 23 Dec 2016; velikagorica.com, 04 Feb 2016)

In 2017 he was presented with the Franjo Bucar State Award. The honour is the highest recognition for athletes in Croatia. (crosport.hr, 23 Jan 2017)

In 2016 he was named the Best Athlete in Zagreb County, Croatia. (vgdanas.hr, 25 Feb 2017)
Other sports
He trained in Para table tennis between 2009 and 2013. (in-portal.hr, 23 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dnevnik.hr, 07 Aug 2020)
Impairment
He sustained injuries to his spinal cord in a car accident in 2006. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; in-portal.hr, 23 Feb 2016; dnevnik.hr, 28 May 2010)
Other information
CAREER ASPIRATIONS
After sport, he wants to work in the agricultural industry so he can follow in the footstep of his parents. "I still do not know if I will continue to play sports or maybe turn to agriculture and pig or hen breeding in Opatija [Croatia]. I am interested in organic farming, pigs and hens working outside in harmony with nature. My wish is to sit on a quad or a tractor, and enjoy the beautiful nature in Vukomericke Gorice [a woodland mountain range in Croatia]." (cityportal.hr, 02 Nov 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After graduating from the School of Electrical Engineering in Zagreb, Croatia, he became a qualified driving instructor. Following his accident, he retrained as an economic technician. (ssoizz.hr, 11 Dec 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Discus Throw F52 18.24
2 2021 Discus Throw F52 19.98
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Discus Throw F52 16.95
3 2017 Discus Throw F52 17.95
7 2019 Discus Throw F52 17.52
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Discus Throw F52 18.53
4 2018 Discus Throw F52 18.94
3 2021 Discus Throw F52 19.78