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MATIJASEVIC Nemanja
Sport Para athletics
NPC Serbia   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthCacak, YUG
Height1.90 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Maja Marjanovic
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Serbian
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - University of Belgrade: Serbia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in November 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Why this sport?
"I come from a town where athletics is not popular, there is even no athletics club in my hometown Lucan [Serbia]. The first contact with athletics I had was in Belgrade, when I started my studies. My friend, a basketball coach, who has seen my talent for sport, suggested I spend my free time in Belgrade in the best possible way - training some sport. His idea was athletics and then it all started. It was also the first time in my life I had trained for any sport."
Club / Team
AK Pogledi: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Slobodan Stojic, SRB, from 2017
Training Regime
He trains at least two hours daily.
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Serbia
General Interest
Hobbies
Basketball, football. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the T47 long jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany and finishing fifth at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019; espreso.rs, 25 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
His partner Maja. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Serbian Para athlete Drazenko Mitrovic. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to love what you do, when you love what you do, you commit yourself fully to it, this is already a big part of the work done. You only need a bit of luck to have success guaranteed." (espreso.rs, 25 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Beogradska hronika Jutarnji program YouTube channel, 31 Jan 2019)
Impairment
He was born without a left forearm. (espreso.rs, 25 Dec 2019)
Other information
MOTIVATION
He gets extra motivation from his impairment. "I have to admit that I had a wonderful childhood. I have never experienced discrimination due to my impairment. I had many friends with who I spent a lot of time outdoors chasing a ball as a child. My impairment was never a problem for me, it only gives me an extra motivation. It was like I wanted to prove to people that I can do everything like they do, or even more. And I managed to do it." (espreso.rs, 25 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2019 Long Jump T47 6.88
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 Long Jump T47 6.42