- Home town:
Mlada Boleslav, Czech
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
- Date of birth:
27 June 1992
- Event(s) / Discipline:
- Home Club:
Physical Impairment – Limb deficiency
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games - SILVER | 66.29m WR
- Sporting Highlights:
Czech born Michal Burian first fell in love with javelin when he first watched Olympic Champion Jan Železný participating at his local club in the Czech Republic.
Michal’s childhood was filled with adventure as he took part in canoeing, skiing, cycling and tennis. Ultimately, he settled on javelin as the sport that he would pursue. His natural ability was obvious, and by the time he was 18, he was selected for the Czech Junior National Team for the European Championships in Tallin, Estonia.
After emigrating to Australia in 2012, Michal joined Sandringham Athletics Club, coached under Nick Baltas.
Born with club foot, Michal was classified as an F44 para-athlete in 2020. He secured his spot at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games during his Australian debut in the F44 javelin, throwing a 61.24m throw at the Australian Track and Field Championships in 2021.
Credit: Paralympics Australia