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VAN DER DONK Jos
Sport Para athletics
NPC Netherlands   
GenderMen
Age68
Place of BirthUtrecht, NED
Height1.74 m
Weight 90 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife and two daughters
Residence
Nieuwegein, NED
Languages
Dutch
General Interest
Hobbies
Using the computer, watching films. (atletiekunie.nl, 11 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I lose, I've put too less effort in, so I have to train harder, more or differently." (atletiekunie.nl, 11 Mar 2010)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he was a member of the military boxing team. He became involved in wheelchair basketball before switching to athletics. (aletiekunie.nl, 11 Mar 2010)
Impairment
In 1975, during military service, he was injured in a vehicle crash and had to have his right leg amputated above the knee. The truck he was driving hit a tree and he was thrown from the vehicle. (aletiekunie.nl, 11 Mar 2010)
Other information
COMEBACK
He retired from athletics in 1990 in order to focus on family life but made a comeback 10 years later, becoming the world champion in F42 javelin in 2003. (atletiekunie.nl, 11 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1984 Javelin Throw A2 39.26
1 1988 Javelin Throw A2A9 47.08
4 2004 Javelin Throw F42 46.83 
12 2008 Javelin Throw F42/44 43.41
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 Javelin Throw F42 41.06
1 2006 Javelin Throw F42 48.50