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VINCETIC Kristijan
Sport Para swimming
NPC Croatia   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthZagreb, YUG
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Andela Muzinic
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Croatian
Higher education
Coaching, Education, Kinesiology - University of Zagreb: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He wanted to improve his physical health. "My father met the president of swimming club PK Dubrava, the club had their training sessions in my primary school, so I felt encouraged to take up the sport."
Club / Team
PK Dubrava: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Igor Berislavic [club, national], CRO
Senior International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Croatia
General Interest
Nicknames
Vince (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Cycling. (hpo.hr, 19 Nov 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S9 400m freestyle at the 2009 European Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. (Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Injuries
In March 2012 he underwent surgery on his shoulder because of a cyst. He did not return to training until the beginning of 2013. (hrvatskareprezentacija.hr, 24 Jan 2014; Athlete, 07 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I compete mainly for myself and my results. I race the stopwatch, not with other competitors. My goal is to set new personal bests, to qualify for major competitions, and if the results are good enough and I can win medals then it's even better." (toyota.hr, 01 Jun 2020)
Awards and honours
In November 2015 he received the Franjo Bucar Award for sporting achievement from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. (hpo.hr, 26 Nov 2015)

He received a special award in 2006 from the Croatian Paralympic Committee. (agramak.hr, 13 Oct 2009)
Other sports
His partner Andela Muzinic played Para table tennis for Croatia at the Paralympic Games in 2012 and 2016, and won a silver medal in the class 1-3 team event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She competed at the European championships in 2019 and won gold in the Class 1-3 team event. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Aug 2019; Facebook profile, 12 Feb 2018; toyota.hr, 01 Jun 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (sport.hrt.hr, 08 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He was born without his right leg due to dysmelia. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Other information
POSTPONED GAMES, POSTPONED WEDDING
He met his partner Andela Muzinic, a Croatian Para table tennis player, at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He said their wedding plans were delayed due to the postponement of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "It's great as we understand and motivate each other. We wanted to start planning our wedding after the Games in 2020, like in September, so we could prepare for the Games without the distraction and then enjoy it. However, due to pandemic the Games are postponed to 2021 and so is our wedding." (sportnedjeljom.hr, 19 May 2020)

AMBASSADOR
He and his partner Andela Muzinic serve as ambassadors for the Croatian project 'Our Right to Sport', which aims to promote Para sport among children by organising competitions in the country. "I am proud that I got an invitation to be an ambassador, I couldn't reject it. Already in the past I observed swimming competitions organised in the style of 'Our right to sport', where I enjoyed watching kids competing. It's the spirit of sport - the most important thing is not your ranking, but the fact that you take part." (crosport.hr, 31 May 2019; toyota.hr, 01 Jun 2020)

FUTURE PLANS
He is studying at the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Zagreb in Croatia, and says he aims to remain involved in sport after his retirement as an athlete. "I chose coaching studies to stay in sport, so I don't leave this environment when I decide to end my career. I think that I have knowledge that I could share with others. It's somehow my goal to stay in sport in another way." (sportnedjeljom.hr, 19 May 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008 100m Butterfly S9 1:04.51
Heats 2012 100m Butterfly S9 1:03.25
Heat 2012 400m Freestyle S9 4:37.39
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S9 1:00.86
6 2016 400m Freestyle S9 4:26.28
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S9 58.53
6 2016 100m Butterfly S9 1:02.50
9 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:02.68
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
27 2006 50m Freestyle S9 29.67
24 2006 100m Freestyle S9 1:03.91
16 2006 400m Freestyle S9 4:50.84
14 2006 100m Butterfly S9 1:10.08
3 2010 100m Butterfly S9 1:00.65
8 2010 100m Freestyle S9 59.39
6 2010 400m Freestyle S9 4:26.76
8 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:52.34
5 2013 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.25
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.41
7 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:06.56
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S9 59.47
3 2015 100m Butterfly S9 1:00.74
4 2015 400m Freestyle S9 4:24.31
6 2017 100m Freestyle S9 1:00.66
5 2017 100m Butterfly S9 1:02.54
3 2017 400m Freestyle S9 4:32.42
5 2019 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.47
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S9 4:30.86
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Butterfly S9 59.90
3 2009 400m Freestyle S9 4:15.59
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 400m Freestyle S9 4:23.14
Heat 2014 100m Freestyle S9 59.46
3 2014 100m Butterfly S9 1:00.70
5 2016 100m Backstroke S9 1:08.16
4 2016 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.52
4 2016 100m Freestyle S9 58.38
2 2016 400m Freestyle S9 4:22.95
4 2018 100m Butterfly S9 1:02.23
9 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:08.62
4 2018 400m Freestyle S9 4:26.72
11 2021 100m Butterfly S9 1:03.69