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MILINKOVIC Milka
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Age64
Place of BirthSanski Most, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F55
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kraljevica, CRO
Languages
Croatian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began para-athletics in Kraljevica, Croatia.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as part of her rehabilitation.
Club / Team
AK Srce: Rijeka, CRO
General Interest
Hobbies
Wheelchair tennis. (ititomozes.com.hr, 09 Feb 2016)
Awards and honours
She received an award for excellence in 2012 from the Rijeka Sports Association in Croatia. (in-portal.hr, 28 Jun 2013)
Other sports
She represented Yugoslavia in wheelchair basketball at the 1974 European Championships in Ploemeur, France. (in-portal.hr, 28 Jun 2013)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of falling 13 metres from a tree in 1968, at age 13. (ititomozes.com.hr, 09 Feb 2016)
Other information
PARALYMPIC VETERAN
She competed at eight editions of the Paralympic Games between 1972-2012. At age 17 she made her Paralympic Games debut for Yugoslavia at the 1972 Games in Heidelberg. She represented Croatia for the first time at a Games in 1992 in Barcelona. (sportsdeskonline, 18 Feb 2016; ititomozes.com.hr, 09 Feb 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
She was the winner of Croatia's first ever medal at a Paralympic Games, a bronze, at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. (IPC, 2011)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as president of the Sports Association for Persons with Disabilities in Rijeka, Croatia. (hrvatskareprezentacija.hr, 15 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1972 60m Wheelchair 4 16.6 
3 1972 Javelin Throw 4 11.72 
3 1980 Javelin Throw 4 13.40 
3 1980 Shot Put 4 6.18 
1 1984 Javelin Throw 3 13.40 
2 1984 Shot Put 3 5.86 
1 1988 Shot Put 4 6.05 
3 1992 Javelin Throw THW5 14.64
  2000 Javelin Throw F58  DNS
4 2000 Shot Put F55 6.65
15 2008 Shot Put F54-56 5.84
13 2008 Javelin Throw F54-56 14.55
15 2012 Shot Put F54-56 6.46
10 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 14.50
10 2016 Javelin Throw F56 13.95
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 Shot Put F55 6.29
9 1998 Discus Throw F55 9.79
4 1998 Javelin Throw F55 13.56
5 2002 Shot Put F55 6.33
10 2006 Shot Put F55-57 6.03
7 2006 Javelin Throw F54-56 13.75
9 2015 Shot Put F55 5.48
10 2015 Javelin Throw F56 14.23
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 6.29
7 2014 Javelin Throw F56 14.14
7 2016 Javelin Throw F56 14.07