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RISTOSKI Mikela
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthPula, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Pula, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at primary school.
Why this sport?
An athletics coach came to her school to look for children that were interested in the sport. "I was running 400m and did jumping events. I was good at long jump and by the end of high school I had met coach Danial [Temim] and we started doing more serious training sessions."
Club / Team
AKOSI Medulin: Croatia
Name of coach
Danial Temim [personal], from 2008
Training Regime
She trains at least two to three hours every day.
General Interest
Hobbies
Walking with her dog. (in-portal.hr, 29 Jun 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T20 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 21 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and coach Danial Temim. (glasistre.hr, 08 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic. (glasistre.hr, 08 Feb 2021)
Injuries
She was troubled by inflammation in her heels for two years after she sustained a foot injury at the end of 2017. (glasistre.hr, 19 Jul 2018; glasistre.hr, 27 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named the Best Female Athlete of 2000-2020 by the Croatian Paralympic Committee. The award replaced the traditional Athlete of Year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (tportal.hr, 14 Feb 2021)

In 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019 she was named Female Para Athlete of the Year by the Croatian Paralympic Committee. (dnevnik.hr, 08 Feb 2018; tportal.hr, 30 Jan 2020)

In 2012 she received the Franjo Bucar State Award, the highest recognition given in Croatia for extraordinary achievements in sport. (hpo.hr, 03 Dec 2012)

She has been honoured with the Order of Danica Hrvatska and the Order of Duke Branimir by the president of Croatia. (regionalexpress.hr, 02 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To defend her Paralympic title in the T20 long jump at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. (glasistre.hr, 27 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2012 Long Jump F20 5.28
1 2016 Long Jump T20 5.79
3 2021 Long Jump T20 5.46
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Long Jump F20 5.10
3 2013 Long Jump T20 5.27
2 2015 Long Jump T20 5.63
1 2015 Triple Jump T20 11.67
1 2017 Long Jump T20 5.66
3 2019 Long Jump T20 5.61
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Long Jump T20 5.44
2 2016 Long Jump T20 5.68
3 2018 Long Jump T20 5.52
3 2021 Long Jump T20 5.54