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PRESECAN Marijan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthVirovitica, YUG
Height1.89 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Slatina, CRO
Occupation
Electrician
Languages
Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Para athletics in 2012 in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
After his accident in 2000 he initially took up table tennis, but he had problems holding the paddle so he decided to try athletics. "I had a dilemma between shot put and handcycling. Shot put was cheaper so I took up Para athletics. Why shot put? I didn't have a choice, because in my category it was the only Paralympic discipline."
Club / Team
AK Agram: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Ante Pavkovic, CRO, from 2012
General Interest
Hobbies
Table tennis. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in third place in the F53 shot put at the 2016 European Championships in Grosseto, Italy. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he was named Best Athlete in Slatina, Croatia. (glas-slavonije.hr, 06 Feb 2016)
Other sports
He has played Para table tennis at club level in Croatia. (glas-slavonije.hr, 06 Feb 2016; uosi-slatina.hr, 28 May 2014)
Impairment
In 2000 he was a passenger in a car that was involved in an accident. The injury resulted in a serious injury to his spinal cord. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; glas-slavonije.hr, 06 Feb 2016)
Other information
HANDEDNESS
He is naturally right-handed but throws with his left hand because it has been much stronger since his accident. "In the beginning I couldn't even hold a shot put in my right hand. I throw with my left arm, even though I'm right-handed. I'm trying to find a way to throw with my right arm because it's more natural for me, but for now my left arm is still stronger." (glas-slavonije.hr, 06 Feb 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 Shot Put F53 6.25
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 Shot Put F53 5.67
7 2017 Shot Put F53 5.79
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Shot Put F53 6.29