Darjan Petrič

Darjan Petric

 Dosežki

 Achievements

OI: 6. mesto OG: 6th place
SP: 1 bronasta WC: 1 bronze
EP: 2 bronasti EC: 2 bronze

Plavanje, še posebej na dolgih progah, zahteva ure in ure treninga. To je pravo garanje in če bi za koga lahko rekli, da je bil garač, potem to velja za Darjana Petriča. Pod vodstvom očeta Draga je Darjan več kot uspešno sledil tri leta starejšemu bratu Borutu. Tekmovalni vrhunec je doživel v letih od 1981 do 1983. Decembra 1982 je v 25-metrskem bazenu po Rusu Vladimiru Saljnikovu postal drugi človek, ki je 1500 m preplaval v manj kot 15 minutah (14:58,20). Istega leta je dosegel še najbolj odmeven uspeh na SP, ko je v Guayaquilu osvojil bronasto kolajno na najdaljši progi za moške. Darjan Petrič je po končani plavalni karieri končal visokošolsko šolanje, postal magister ter zelo cenjen in sposoben poslov-než. Nastopil je tudi na treh olimpijskih igrah (1980, 1984 in 1988).

Swimming the 1,500 metres requires long hours of training and hard work. Darjan Petrič epitomises the notion of a hard-working athlete. Coached by father Drago, Darjan followed in the footsteps of his brother Borut in taking up swimming competitively. His top results came between 1981 and 1983. In December 1982, he became the second person in the world after Vladimir Salnikov of the Soviet Union to swim the 1,500 metres in a short-course pool in a time of under 15 minutes (14:58.20). The same year he achieved his best result at a World Championships by taking bronze in Guaya-quil. He appeared at three Olympic Games (1980, 1984 and 1988). After retiring, Petrič took up studies again, obtaining a master’s degree and becoming a successful manager.