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SPANJA Mihovil
Sport Para swimming
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age36
Place of BirthDubrovnik, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Media Professional, Public Relations Professional
Languages
English, Croatian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age one.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport to help with his impairment and because he was born close to the sea.
General Interest
Nicknames
Miho, Mihi (IPC, 13 Oct 2009; adventure-sport.net, 07 Dec 2005)
Hero / Idol
Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. (ParalympicSportTV, 25 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Veni, vidi, vici." [Julius Caesar] (hpo.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Awards and honours
He was awarded Best Sportsman with a Disability in Croatia in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005 by the Croatian Disabled Sports Association. (unidu.hr, 13 Oct 2009)

He was awarded the Franjo Bucar Award in 2004 by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia. (public.mzos.hr, 13 Oct 2009)

He was presented with the Order of the Croatian Danica in 2004. (unidu.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Other sports
Before focusing on swimming he played water polo and helped South Dubrovnik win the Croatian Cup in 1997. (adventure-sport.net, 07 Dec 2005)
Impairment
The impairment to his right leg is a result of polio. He contracted the illness as an infant. (vecernji.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He quit competitive swimming after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He retired as Croatia's most successful Paralympian, having won a total of four world championship gold medals and four bronze medals at the Paralympic Games. (paralympic.org, 11 Nov 2013, 02 Sep 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2000 400m Freestyle S8 4:57.02 
5 2000 100m Backstroke S8 1:16.48 
7 2000 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:36.02 
3 2004 400m Freestyle S8 4:48.88
3 2004 100m Backstroke S8 1:13.49
3 2004 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:39.62
7 2008 100m Backstroke S8 1:14.25
6 2008 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:26.35
6 2008 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:37.77
3 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:12.53
5 2012 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:41.52
5 2012 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:28.45
5 2012 400m Freestyle S7 4:52.22
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2003 400m Freestyle S8 4:51.58
  2003 100m Backstroke S8 1:14.69
1 2003 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:33.02
  2003 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:42.93
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 400m Freestyle S8 4:56.04
2 2002 100m Backstroke S8 1:13.36
6 2002 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:31.20
  2002 200m Individual Medley SM8  DSQ
4 2002 5km Open Water 1:01:38
4 2006 400m Freestyle S8 4:54.18
3 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:12.92
5 2006 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:37.68
18 2006 5km Open Water 1:10:56
1 2010 400m Freestyle S7 4:47.39
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:25.11
2 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:12.86
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:37.32
4 2010 50m Butterfly S7 33.03
8 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:52.34
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Backstroke S7 1:11.14
2 2009 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:23.73
2 2009 100m Individual Medley SM7 1:13.40
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM7 2:34.31