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Matija Ljubek

Matija Ljubek Canoe racer

Canoe racer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Canoe racer
Was Canoer Kayaker
From Serbia Croatia
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 22 November 1953, Belišće
Death 11 October 2000, Belišće (aged 46 years)
The details

Matija Ljubek (22 November 1953 – 11 October 2000) was a Croatian sprint canoeist who competed in the 1970s and 1980s and later became a sports official.
Born in Belišće, Osijek-Baranja, Ljubek competed in four Summer Olympics where he won four medals. This included two golds (C-1 1000 m: 1976, C-2 500 m: 1984 with Mirko Nišović), one silver (C-2 1000 m: 1984 with Mirko Nišović), and one bronze (C-1 500 m: 1976). His trainer was Laszlo Hingl. He also won ten medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four golds (C-1 1000 m: 1978, C-2 500 m: 1982, 1983; C-2 10000 m: 1985), three silvers (C-1 10000 m: 1981, C-2 1000 m: 1982, 1985), and three bronzes (C-1 10000 m: 1975, 1978; C-2 1000 m: 1983).
In 1976 he was awarded a Golden Badge award for best athlete of Yugoslavia.
Ljubek later became vice-president of the Croatian Olympic Committee and served as chef de mission for the Croatian Olympic team.
Ljubek died in 2000 when he was shot by an estranged brother-in-law while trying to defend his mother in Valpovo, Osijek-Baranja six days after returning from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Olympic results

Olympic results
Event 1976 Montreal 1980 Moscow 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul
C-1 500 metres Bronze medal with cup.svg 3rd (1:59.60) 9th (2:03.43) &
C-1 1,000 metres Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (4:09.51) 8th (4:22.40) &
C-2 500 metres &
Gold medal with cup.svg 1st (1:43.67) &
C-2 1,000 metres &
4th (3:51.30) Silver medal with cup.svg 2nd (3:41.56) 12th (3:59.04)

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