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SLOUP Matija
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age23
Height1.19 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F40
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kutina, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Business, Economics - Libertas International University: Kutina, CRO
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014 at the AK Odisej club in Kutina, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He had trained at a gym for about three years and eventually a friend there suggested he join a training session at the athletic club AK Odisej. "I went along spontaneously to see what the training looked like. I took a shot put and threw it, and the coaches noticed potential in me. I liked it, so I started to join their training sessions."
Club / Team
AK Odisej : Kutina, CRO
Name of coach
Mihovil Rendulic [club], CRO
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F40 shot put at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (hrt.hr, 23 Aug 2019; hpo.hr, 15 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (in-portal.hr, 20 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He sustained an injury one week before competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro that limited his performance, an eighth place finish in the F40 shot put. (paralympic.org, 24 Jan 2019)

He has undergone 16 surgeries in his life, including procedures to his hips, joints and ankles due to genetic malformations of his bones. (dnevnik.hr, 26 Nov 2017; 26 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Anything is possible if you really want it." (24sata.hr, 16 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2018 Para Athlete of the Year by the Croatian Para Athletics Federation. (vecernji.hr, 29 Jan 2019)

He was named the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Kutina, Croatia. (dunja.in, 14 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 24 Jan 2019; hpo.hr, 15 Feb 2019)
Impairment
He is a person of short stature. (24sata.hr, 16 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 Shot Put F40 8.27
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 Shot Put F40 8.58
4 2017 Shot Put F40 9.81
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 Shot Put F40/41 9.19
1 2018 Shot Put F40 9.87