Pavao Jurina

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePavle "Pavao"•Jurina
Used namePavao•Jurina
Other namesПавле "Павао" Јурина
Born2 January 1955 in Ledenik, Našice (CRO)
Died2 December 2011 in Bjelovar (CRO)
Measurements194 cm / 95 kg
AffiliationsPartizan Beograd, Beograd (SRB)
NOC Yugoslavia
Nationality Croatia


Croatian Pavao Jurina started to play professional handball in 1972 with RK Partizan Našice. In 1976 Jurina transferred to RK Partizan Bjelovar and with them won Yugoslav titles in 1977 and 1979 and the 1976 Yugoslavian Cup. Jurina finished his career by playing three seasons abroad in 1984-87, the first two seasons with SC Gaeta in Italy and the last season with TuS Schutterwald in West Germany.

Jurina was capped 140 times with the Yugoslavian national team, his career highlight being the 1984 Olympic gold medal. Jurina also won silver at the 1982 World Championships, gold at the 1983 Mediterranean Games, and silver at the 1977 Universiade. Jurina was also with the Yugoslavian team at the 1978 World Championships, finishing fifth, and 1980 Olympics, finishing sixth. After finishing his sporting career, Jurina worked as a handball coach in Italy, coaching SC Gaeta, Pallamano Città Sant’Angelo, Pallamano Jchnusa Sassari and Pallamano Alcamo among others.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1980 Summer Olympics Handball YUG CRO Pavao Jurina
Handball, Men (Olympic) Yugoslavia 6
1984 Summer Olympics Handball YUG CRO Pavao Jurina
Handball, Men (Olympic) Yugoslavia 1 Gold

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