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Zvonimir Đurkinjak

Datum i mjesto rođenja: 02.06.1988; Zagreb
Visina: 182.5 cm
Težina: 72 kg
Počeo trenirati: 9.g., III. razred OŠ
Klub u Hrvatskoj: BK"Medvedgrad 1998"
Strani klub: Homlebaek (Danska 1. divizija)
Konkurencija: Mješoviti i muški parovi & singl povremeno
Najbolji rezultat: 1. mjesto u mješovitim parovima na MP Portugala i na Cro Internationalu (2x)
Best player: Taufik Hidayat
Best shot: Smash
Best Coach: Mao Hong (razlog je nj. znanje)
Najbolja badmintonska nacija: Indonezija (parovi & Taufik)
Zašto badminton: Brzina, eksplozivnost, agilnost
Poruka mladim badmintonašima: Vježbajte zglob i fleksibilnost zgloba
Drugi spotrovi: Tenis
Muzika: sve strano
Hobi: špananje reketa, igre na kompu, filmovi & druženje sa djevojkom.

Izvor: telefonski interview

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Najbolji ranking na BWF listi: 41. na BWF rang-list (26.05.2011) u mješovitim parovima sa Stašom Poznanović, te 52. (29.09.2011) u muškim parovima sa Zvonimirom Hoelblingom.

TRENUTNO NA SVJETSKOJ BWF LISTI : 74. u paru & 143. pojedinačno (01.10.2015)

Prvak Hrvatske: Pojedinačno 6 puta: 2007. godine, te od 2009. do 2014. g. U paru sa Lukom zdenjakom od 2004. do 2008. godine, te u mješovitim parovima sa Andreom Žvorc 2005. g.; te od 2006.-08., 2010., 2012. i 2013. sa Stašom Poznanović. U muškom paru sa Zvonimirom Hoelblingom prvak 2013. Trostruki prvak Hrvatske 2014.: pojedinačno, u mixu sa Matejom Čičom i u paru sa Filipom Špoljarecom. Dvostruki prvak 2015.; pojedinačno i u paru sa Filipom.


Najbolji rezultati:

  1. 1/4 finale na Europskim Igrama u Bakuu 2015 - pojedinačno i u paru sa Zvonimirom Hoelblingom
  2. Pojedinačno srebro - Forza Prague Open 2015
  3. ZLATO u muškim parovima sa Zvonimirom Hoelblingom na Mediteranskim Igrama, Mersin 2013
  4. Hungarian Open 2012 - zlato u mješovitim parovima sa Stašom Poznanović i srebro u muškim parovima sa Zvonimirom Hoelblingom
  5. Slovenia International 2012 - zlato u mixu i u paru
  6. Portuguese International 2012 - srebro u mixu sa Stašom Poznanović i zlato u muškim parovima sa Nikolaj Overgaard-om


INTERVIEW SA STRANICA BADMINTON EUROPE:

Zvonimir Durkinjak: "We were not patient enough"

Zvonimir Durkinjak had another successful tournament on home soil. At the Croatian International this week he won the mixed doubles catefory for the third time in a row. He speaks to Badminton Europe about the defeat in the men's doubles, his training environment and how big badminton is in his country.

Zvonimir, are you satisfied with your results at home?
Yes, I am satisfied with my achievements. But I think we could have done better in the men’s doubles.

You have lost a close match in the semi-finals against Fladberg/Astrup …
The reason why we lost was that we were not patient enough at the end of the third game. We already saw ourselves in the final which is not that good. So we did some unforced errors.

But you have won the mixed doubles event together with your partner Stasa Poznanovic. Already for the third time in a row …
… well I hope that it will be a long series (laughs). Because for me it is much easier to play at home. There are more spectators cheering for you and then you just play better.

How do you run your daily badminton business? Are you a professional?
I could say I am a professional as I am practising two times a day - but not throughout the whole week. Beside that I go to college. We are practising in Zagreb, in a hall with 10 courts. It is only 15 minutes away from my home.

How big is badminton in Croatia?
Badminton in Croatia is not very popular. Everyone thinks it’s an easy sport. Many don't even know it’s part of the Olympic Programme and many laugh when you say you play badminton.

Thanks for the interview!

Photos by BadmintonPhoto.com

 

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