Croatian Paralympian Becomes Long Jump European Champion 3 Consecutive Times!

Daniela Rogulj

The long jumper also broke the European Championship record in the T-20 category!

Zoran Talić, the 28-year-old Paralympic athlete from Rijeka, has won the gold medal in the long jump at the European Championship in Berlin in the T-20 category (athletes with intellectual disabilities), reports 24 Sata on August 23, 2018. 

Talić jumped 7.28-meters in the T-20 category, thus breaking the European championship record. After the competition, Talić celebrated the success with the viewers.

This is Talić’ third consecutive gold medal in the European Championship, and the perfect addition to his already two Olympic silver medals. He has also won three silver medals at the IPC World Championships. 

Yesterday, Petra Štruklec won the shot put bronze in the F40 category, throwing a distance of 4.83 meters.

The young 17-year-old student at technical school Faust Vrančić and AKOSI Agram member of Zagreb threw 4.83 meters, which is her best result this season.

“This achievement impressed me so much, and it was hard to train with coach Ante Pavković. Every day after school I trained for three hours a day and then studied. And that was from day to day. Although I look different from my peers at first glance, doing athletics has filled me up with so much and given me a great impulse to prove that I can. I can hardly wait to go back home and share my happiness with my parents,” said Petra, who has been an athlete for three years.

This is the third and fourth Croatian medal at European Championship in Berlin, as Deni Černi and Miljenko Vučić won the silver and bronze in the shot put on Tuesday. 


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