#70SportWays (41): Sandra Perkovic, living legend of HAŠK Mladost
A member of HAŠK Mladost, Croatian discus throwing record holder, the former shut put record holder, the double discus throwing Olympic Champion (London, Rio), the double world and four-time European champion. With six consecutive Diamond League winning titles she has become the most successful female athlete in this competition.
But her life has not always been so successful, Sandra herself speaks of her childhood her father leaving when she was 5 years old. When she was 3 years she injured her left arm on the glass cutting all her finger, it took seven and a half hours for surgeons to save her hand. At the age of 20 she also survived sepsis, despite a very low chance of overcoming it, and after three months recovery she came back and started training. Later, Sandra called these days worst in her life, but she concluded that “if there were no worst days, we would not be able to appreciate all the beautiful ones.”
Sandra also had the history of doping behind her, because of the substance in pain medications she was taking that was not indicated in the content. When it was established that the doping was unintentional and confirmed by the International Athletics Federation, Sandra was banned from competing for just six months.
After returning, Sandra continued with her excellent performances and setting Croatian records. This was followed by many awards and prizes for the best athlete and athlete of the year, and this year she was awarded by the Republic of Croatia the Order of Prince Trpimir with a necklace and Danica for outstanding sporting success and contribution to the promotion of sport and the reputation of the Republic of Croatia in the world.