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MITROVIC Drazenko
Sport Para athletics
NPC Serbia   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthBanja Luka, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Belgrade, SRB
Occupation
Athlete, Sports Administrator
Languages
Serbian
Higher education
Coaching - College of Sports and Health: Belgrade, SRB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2002.
Why this sport?
Coach Vlastimir Golubovic encouraged him to try discus and javelin.
General Interest
Nicknames
Draza, Rumeni (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Playing video games. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the F53/54 discus throw at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018; Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Russian Greco-Roman wrestler Aleksandr Karelin. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A strong will does miracles." (smederevskenovine.rs, 07 Jun 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year by the Sports Association for People with Disabilities in Belgrade, Serbia. (blic.rs, 23 Dec 2014)

In 2009 he was honoured with the Majska Nagrada award, the highest national honour given by the Serbian Sport Federation. (djurdjevak.com, 05 Apr 2016)

He was named Best Athlete with a Disability by the Sports Federation of Serbia in 2008. (paralympic.rs, 09 Sep 2012)

In 2006 he was named Best Athlete with a Disability in Belgrade, Serbia. (paralympic.rs, 09 Sep 2012)
Other sports
He competed in Para basketball at national level in Serbia. (telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)
Milestones
He became the first Serbian athlete to win a medal at the Paralympic Games, following his silver medal in the F53/54 discus throw at the 2008 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Aug 2018; paralympic.org, 03 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
He aspires to work as a coach after retiring from Para athletics. (Color Media Communications YouTube channel, 24 May 2019)
Impairment
He was wounded by gunfire while playing football at age 10. His injuries resulted in paraplegia. (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; ssrib.rs, 03 Apr 2011)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2005 he launched AK Pogledi, an athletics club based in Belgrade, Serbia. (djurdjevak.com, 04 Apr 2016; telegraf.rs, 30 Jan 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 Javelin Throw F53-54 27.42
2 2008 Discus Throw F53-54 29.09
8 2012 Shot Put F54-56 9.15
2 2012 Discus Throw F54/55/56 32.97
5 2012 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 24.34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2006 Shot Put F53-54 7.56
2 2006 Discus Throw F54 25.43
5 2006 Javelin Throw F54 18.89
2 2011 Javelin Throw F54-56 26.45
2 2011 Shot Put F54-56 9.96
2 2011 Discus Throw F54-56 31.35
2 2013 Discus Throw F54/55/56 32.25
8 2013 Javelin Throw F54/55/56 23.34
5 2013 Shot Put F54/55 9.38
5 2017 Javelin Throw F54 24.15
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 Discus Throw F56 33.68
3 2014 Javelin Throw F54 25.57
2 2014 Shot Put F53/54/55 9.88
4 2016 Javelin Throw F54 25.46
3 2018 Shot Put F54 9.12
3 2018 Javelin Throw F54 23.16