Benkovič at Oslo, 2005
20 March 1986 |
|Personal best||226 m (741 ft)
Planica, 20 Mar 2005
|World Cup career|
|Updated on 13 March 2015.|
Rok Benkovič (born 20 March 1986) is a Slovenian former ski jumper who competed from 2001 to 2007.
Benkovič started with his sport career at the relatively advanced age of eleven, when he first participated in ski jumping in 1997. In Sollefteå, Sweden, he won the silver medal at the Junior World Championship on February 6, 2003. His biggest success came at the 2005 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf, where he won the individual normal hill on February 19, 2005, making him the second Slovenian to win a gold medal after that of Franci Petek in 1991. The very next day, he won a bronze medal for the Slovenians in a team normal hill competition involving Primož Peterka, Jure Bogataj and Jernej Damjan.
From 2005 to 2007, Benkovič held the Slovenian national distance record of 226 metres, set in Planica. This was broken by countryman Robert Kranjec, who jumped 229 m. In May 2007 Benkovič retired from ski jumping.
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