The only champion from 2006 who defended his title again in 2009
Jovica Kozlica, paper wings world champion in long distance throw
On Saturday, May 2nd 2009, the Red Bull Paper Wings World Finals - Paper Plane World Championship was held in Salzburg, Austria.
Jovica Kozlica, a 26-years old student from Split, Croatia was the only champion from 2006 who defended his title again in 2009. Once again, he won the first place in the Longest Distance category with a throw of 54.43 metres, proving that Croats aren't just good at building ships, but also at aerodynamics.
Throwing paper wings in the city of Split, Jovica Kozlica on the right. Source Slobodna Dalmacija.
As many as 253 competitors participated at the World Championship in Salzburg from 85 countries. And as many as 37.017 competitors participated in the qualifications in 613 tournaments in order to qualify for the World Championship.
Jovica in his native city of Split, Croatia. Source Slobodna Dalmacija.
Jovica Piplica had the honour to receive the gold medal, and the adornment was accompanied with the melody of the Croatian national anthem.
Jovica Kozlica (CRO) was the only champion from 2006 able to defend his title in 2009 .
Dietrich Mateschitz another Croatian billionaire
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