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2022 Munich Diary, Day Two, Sandra Perković – six occasions European champion within the discus throw.


Stuart Weir writes this piece on one in every of his favorites, Sandra Perković, the satisfaction of Croatia. 

Sandra Perković – six occasions European champion within the discus throw.

In Oslo this summer time, I used to be speaking to Sandra Perković.  I requested her what ambitions she nonetheless had, having gained every thing.  She appeared me straight within the face and mentioned: “I wish to win all of it once more.” 

“All of it,” by the way in which, means the Olympics twice (2012 and 2016), the World Championship twice (2103 and 2017), and the European Championship six occasions in a row (2010-2022). Then there have been two silvers and a bronze at World Championships and 6 Diamond League titles… 

Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in motion throughout the ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW FINAL at Olympiastadion throughout the European Championships 2022 on August 16, 2022, in Munich, Germany. Picture: Daniel Kopatsch / Munich2022

By the way, we had agreed to satisfy within the lodge lounge at 9.30, and she or he introduced her breakfast.  She spoke with such ardour about discus-throwing that the breakfast remained untouched.

To be sincere, Munich 2022 was not her smoothest competitors. She opened with a foul, then 65.77m to substantiate her entry to the ultimate three throws. Two extra fouls, then 67.95,m and at last a fourth foul. It jogged my memory of her one-throw 2016 Olympic victory when a 69.21m within the third spherical was her solely authorized throw, but it surely was sufficient. She informed me that the explanation she was fouling in Rio was that she was too highly effective for her method: “I wanted my arms to be longer!”

Her evaluation of Munich 2022 was: “I simply gained my sixth European title right here at this stunning stadium in entrance of this wonderful crowd, so I’m so glad and proud tonight, and the competitors was in Germany once more, similar to in 2018. I needed to combat in opposition to the sturdy Germans once more, similar to in Berlin, and I struggled a bit as they have been combating a lot and enhancing their PBs and SBs. However I knew I used to be able to do it, and I believe the combat was good. I’m sorry for them that I destroyed their occasion however let’s await the 2023 World Championships and see what occurs. I’m glad for the Germans that they managed to get silver and bronze, and this competitors was actually on the extent of the world championships. I believe probably the most treasured of my European medals was the one in 2010 once I simply got here to the championships like a 19-year-old child and gained my first European main medal. On the time, I couldn’t think about that in 12 years, I might nonetheless be standing right here, chasing my sixth gold”.  

Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in motion throughout the ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S DISCUS THROW FINAL at Olympiastadion throughout the European Championships 2022 on August 16, 2022, in Munich, Germany. Picture: Daniel Kopatsch / Munich2022

Sandra is a superb technical thrower, however alongside that, she has unimaginable motivation and psychological energy: “My foremost motivation is to fulfill myself and be happy with myself, so I discover it laborious to not give 100% even when I’m manner forward of second place.  I’ve discovered that if I over-think it, that isn’t good.  It’s higher for me simply to throw and do my job”.

Her identification is in her sport: “Observe and discipline is my life, and I’m by no means happier than once I come to a stadium and win a title.  That’s what conjures up me. Sandra Perkovic is a discus thrower.  That’s what defines me as an individual.  After profitable all of the titles, I would like increasingly more and to grow to be one of many best discus throwers ever”.  One other motivation at age 32 is “to indicate myself and others that I’m able to one other good season”.

Sandra Perkovic, picture by European Athletics

Away from the monitor, she served as a member of the Croatian Parliament “as a result of it’s crucial that younger persons are concerned in politics”. She sees herself as a task mannequin for younger athletes and younger folks.  I wish to present them that with laborious work and a whole lot of love in your job, you may obtain every thing in life that you simply want.  That’s the way in which I did it, the way in which I turned a champion and gained the titles.  It’s very good once you’re inspiring folks”.  

An incredible athlete and a particular individual. 

 

  • Since 2015, Stuart Weir has written for RunBlogRun. He attends about 20 occasions a 12 months together with all most world championships and Diamond Leagues. He enjoys discovering the quirky and obscure story.

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