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TALIC Zoran
Sport Para athletics
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age29
Place of BirthRijeka, YUG
Height1.87 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Bozena Jovicic
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Occupation
Construction Worker
Languages
Croatian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Rijeka, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He always liked sport, and first tried swimming, football and kickboxing. A school coach then recognised his talent and encouraged him to take up athletics.
Club / Team
AKOSI Agram: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Slaven Brkljacic, CRO, from 2017
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Croatia
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ante Brkljacic. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2018)
Injuries
He was affected by a knee injury ahead of the 2018 European Championships. (bakar.hr, 01 Nov 2018)

He competed with a knee injury at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, but went on to win a silver medal in the T20 long jump. (objektivno.hr, 16 Aug 2017)

His training was disrupted ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games due to a knee injury. He went on to win a silver medal in the T20 long jump at the Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vecernji.hr, 11 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was the flag bearer for Croatia at the opening ceremony of the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (IPC, 20 Aug 2018)

In 2014 and 2016 he was named Best Male Para Athlete by the Croatian Paralympic Committee. (jutarnji.hr, 09 Feb 2017)

In 2012 he received the Franjo Bucar State Award, the highest recognition for sport in Croatia. (agramak.hr, 2014)

He has been honoured with the Order of Danica Hrvatska by the president of Croatia. (agramak.hr, 2014)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and to become Paralympic champion. (hzsn.hr, 01 Sep 2018; novilist.hr, 30 Aug 2016)
Impairment
He has an intellectual impairment. "I can do everything, but sometimes I need more time. I don't understand everything immediately." (23sata.hr, 11 Sep 2016)
Other information
SILVER STREAK
He won silver medals in the T20 long jump at three consecutive editions of the world championships between 2013 and 2017, as well as the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016. "Unfortunately, I finished again with silver. I believe that one day I will finally get a gold," he said after the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Oct 2019; objektivno.hr, 16 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2012 Long Jump F20 7.09
2 2016 Long Jump T20 7.12
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 Long Jump F20 6.59
2 2013 Long Jump T20 7.07
2 2015 Long Jump T20 7.32
2 2017 Long Jump T20 7.32
6 2019 Long Jump T20 6.62
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Long Jump T20 7.16
1 2016 Long Jump T20 7.36
1 2018 Long Jump T20 7.28