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KUREJA Marian
Sport Para athletics
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthBanská Bystrica, TCH
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F51
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Jana
Residence
Banská Bystrica, SVK
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2012 in Slovakia.
Why this sport?
Before his accident he was a competitive javelin thrower. He initially took up Para table tennis following his accident, but later returned to athletics. "I started with table tennis in Zarnovica [Slovakia] and that helped me a lot. My arms improved, my torso improved, I strengthened, I got to move. In addition, I met many people in a similar situation to me and I gained a lot from that. When I tried Para athletics, I liked it and I stayed with it. So I went back to throwing and it brought me back to the sport."
Club / Team
SK Sportlife Banska Bystrica: Slovakia
Name of coach
Vladimir Bezdicek [national], SVK
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Slovakia
General Interest
Hobbies
Sport, music. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the F51 club throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His partner Jana Sucikova. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Nothing is lost in advance, therefore one must live and fight until the end." (paralela.sk, 10 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. (sme.sk, 28 Mar 2019)
Other sports
Prior to his accident, he was a Slovakian youth champion in able-bodied javelin. (sport.aktuality.sk, 10 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.aktuality.sk, 10 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In 2001 he broke the sixth cervical vertebra of his spine after landing awkwardly when jumping into a lake. He has quadriplegia as a result of the accident. (spv.sk, 2016; pluska.sk, 12 Feb 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Club Throw F51 26.82
3 2021 Club Throw F51 30.66
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Club Throw F51 24.97
4 2017 Club Throw F51 29.03
4 2019 Club Throw F51 29.17
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Club Throw F51 23.73
2 2018 Club Throw F51 28.55
2 2021 Club Throw F51 31.19