Sandra Perković

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Sandra Perković (2015)
Sandra Perković (2015)

nation CroatiaCroatia Croatia
birthday 21st June 1990 (age 30)
place of birth ZagrebYugoslaviaYugoslaviaYugoslavia 
size 183 cm
Weight 85 kg
discipline Discus throw
Best performance 71.41 m Sport records icon NR.svg
society Dinamo-Zrinjevac
Trainer Edis Elkasevic
National squad since 2006
status active
Medal table
Olympic games 2 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
World championships 2 × gold 1 × silver 1 × bronze
European championships 5 × gold 0 × silver 0 × bronze
Junior World Championship 0 × gold 0 × silver 1 × bronze
Junior European Championship 1 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Youth World Cup 0 × gold 1 × silver 0 × bronze
Olympic rings Olympic games
gold London 2012 69.11 m
gold Rio de Janeiro 2016 69.21 m
IAAF logo World championships
gold Moscow 2013 67.99 m
silver Beijing 2015 67.39 m
gold London 2017 70.31 m
bronze Doha 2019 66.72 m
EAA logo European championships
gold Barcelona 2010 64.67 m
gold Helsinki 2012 67.62 m
gold Zurich 2014 71.08 m
gold Amsterdam 2016 69.97 m
gold Berlin 2018 67.62 m
IAAF logo Junior World Championships
bronze Bydgoszcz 2008 54.24 m
EAA logo Junior European Championships
silver Hengelo 2007 55.42 m
gold Novi Sad 2009 62.44 m
IAAF logo Youth World Championships
silver Ostrava 2007 51.25 m
last change: October 11, 2019

Sandra Perković (born June 21, 1990 in Zagreb , SR Croatia , SFR Yugoslavia ) is a Croatian discus thrower and politician . She won gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games , and became world champion in 2013 and 2017 . In 2010 , 2012 , 2014 , 2016 and 2018 she was European champion, making her the first person to do that five times in a discipline. In addition, she was the only woman to win the IAAF Diamond League six times in a row from 2012 to 2017. In 2011 she was banned for doping. She has been a member of the Croatian Parliament since 2015 .


She was born in Zagreb and attended high school there. She trains at the Zagreb sports club AK Dinamo-Zrinjevac and holds the Croatian record in discus throwing. Perković won the silver medal behind Julia Fischer at the 2007 World Youth Championships . Also at the Junior European Championships in the same year she came second. The following year she won bronze at the Junior World Championships . In 2009 she became Junior European Champion and finished ninth at the World Championships . At the European Championships 2010 in Barcelona she was the youngest finalist at the age of 20 and won gold in her last attempt with 64.67 m.

On June 4, 2011, Perković achieved her personal best in Varaždin (Croatia) with a distance of 69.99 m, no thrower in the world had thrown that far in twelve years. At the end of June, however, it became known that Perković had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexanamine during doping controls at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix and the Golden Gala in Rome the previous month . She did not deny the finding, but knowingly ingesting the substance. She was banned for six months and the best performance was canceled.

At the European Championships in Helsinki in 2012 , she was able to defend her title with 67.62 m and won gold again. Shortly afterwards she won gold at the Olympic Games in London with a personal best of 69.11 m.

In 2013, the women's discus competition was dominated by their dominance. At the World Championships in Moscow in 2013 , she became world champion with a width of 67.99 m. At the end of the year, the five longest litters came from Perković, and she didn't suffer a single defeat until September 3rd.

On March 1, 2014, she threw 70.51 m in Split, Croatia, which was not only a personal best, but also the longest throw in 21 years. Two months later she threw an inch further in Shanghai. At the European Championships in Zurich , she increased the best distance to 71.08 m, which also meant the third title win in a row at European Championships. The distance was also a national record. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing , she won the silver medal behind the Cuban Denia Caballero . As in the previous three years, Perković won the 2015 IAAF Diamond Race .

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro , she started the competition with two invalid attempts, but then threw a distance of 69.21 m in the third attempt, with which she qualified not only for the final of the eight best throwers, but also in Leadership went. The three throws in the final were also invalid, but since none of the other seven finalists came close to their result, she succeeded in repeating her success in London 2012. After Evelin Jahl, she is the second discus Olympic champion to defend her title at the Olympic Games .

In 2017 she set a new national record in Bellinzona with 71.41 m. Although this litter only landed 74th on the ranking of the longest litters of all time, it was at least the longest since 1992. At the 2017 World Championships in London , Perković won the gold medal with a width of 70.31 m.

At the European Championships in Berlin in 2018 , she was European champion for the fifth time in a row with 67.62 m. In the IAAF Diamond League , Perković was defeated by Yaimé Pérez after six triumphs in a row between 2012 and 2017 . Her six wins in a row are a record for women, and Caterine Ibargüen also achieved six overall victories , albeit in two disciplines.

Political activity

In the Croatian parliamentary elections in 2015 , she was a candidate in the second constituency for Rada i solidarnosti , the new party of the mayor of Zagreb , Milan Bandić . The party overcame the 5% hurdle in the constituency that a mandate entailed. Since the list leader Bandić waived the mandate, Perković moved up before the constituent meeting and is thus one of two members of their electoral alliance.

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Web links

Commons : Sandra Perković  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. European Champion Sandra Perkovic blocked , June 27, 2011.
  2. Discus ace Sandra Perkovic tested positive , June 26, 2011.
  3. European Champion Sandra Perkovic blocked , June 27, 2011.
  4. Sandra Perkovic wins EM gold in the discus throw , July 1, 2012.
  5. Sandra Perkovic throws 70.51 meters , March 1st, 2014.
  6. Shanghai: Perkovic Aiming At Another Diamond Race Clean Sweep ( Memento of the original from May 22, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , May 16, 2014. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /