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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
09 March 1989
181 cm
Partner Marcela Maric
Berlin, GER
Armed Forces Athlete, Student
English, German
Higher education
Business Administration, Language Studies - English, Sports Science - Humboldt University : Berlin, GER

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began diving at age seven in Berlin, Germany.
Why this sport?
A diving coach recruited him at his school. He was physically well suited to the sport, with an ability to jump high that allowed him more time to complete his dives.
Club / Team
Berliner TSC: Germany
Name of coach
Christoph Bohm [club], GER; Lutz Buschkow [national]

General Interest

Patty, Paddy (Athlete, 23 Feb 2007)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver and a bronze at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 22 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Russian diver Dmitri Sautin. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 20 Feb 2011)
In early 2019 he was training on a trampoline when he landed on his head and neck. He sustained nerve damage to two fingers, a tear in a back muscle and damaged neck vertebrae. He missed three weeks of training. He was hampered by chronic neck pain later in 2019. (, 12 Jul 2019;, 11 Jul 2019)

He competed at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, with injuries to his right foot, his thigh and his adductor muscle. (, 10 Aug 2018)

In 2018 he was sidelined for several months due to a knee injury. He made his comeback at the 2018 German Championships in Berlin. (, 07 Jun 2018;, 27 May 2018)

He was troubled by a shoulder injury in 2016. (, 17 Aug 2016)

A knee injury forced him to withdraw from the final of the 3m springboard at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (, 01 Aug 2015)

Two days before the 2003 European Youth Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, he broke his hand when he hit the board after a take off. (Athlete, 23 Feb 2007; Neues Deutschland, 08 Feb 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
''Suffering must be accepted.'' (, 20 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2010 and 2017 he was named Athlete of the Year in Berlin, Germany. (, 09 Dec 2017)

In 2016 he was named German Champion of the Year by the German Sports Aid Foundation. (, 02 Oct 2016;, 01 Oct 2016)

He was named German Male Diver of the Year in 2014. (, 05 Jan 2015)

He was named the 2013 European Male Diver of the Year by the European Swimming Federation [LEN]. (, 02 Dec 2013)

In 2010 he was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Male Diver of the Year. (FINA, 07 Jan 2011)
Famous relatives
His partner Marcela Maric has represented Croatia in diving. She placed 25th in 3m springboard at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Nov 2020;, 29 Jul 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 24 Apr 2020)