Ljubek's grave at Mirogoj Cemetery.
|Born||22 November 1953|
Belišće, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
|Died||11 October 2000 (aged 46)|
|Resting place||Mirogoj Cemetery, Zagreb|
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
Born in Belišće, Osijek-Baranja, Ljubek competed in four Summer Olympics where he won four medals. This included two golds (C-1 1000 m: 1976, C-2 500 m: 1984 with Mirko Nišović), one silver (C-2 1000 m: 1984 with Mirko Nišović), and one bronze (C-1 500 m: 1976). His trainer was Laszlo Hingl. He also won ten medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships with four golds (C-1 1000 m: 1978, C-2 500 m: 1982, 1983; C-2 10000 m: 1985), three silvers (C-1 10000 m: 1981, C-2 1000 m: 1982, 1985), and three bronzes (C-1 10000 m: 1975, 1978; C-2 1000 m: 1983).
|Event||1976 Montreal||1980 Moscow||1984 Los Angeles||1988 Seoul|
|C-1 500 metres||3rd (1:59.60)||9th (2:03.43)||—||—|
|C-1 1,000 metres||1st (4:09.51)||8th (4:22.40)||—||—|
|C-2 500 metres||—||—||1st (1:43.67)||—|
|C-2 1,000 metres||—||4th (3:51.30)||2nd (3:41.56)||12th (3:59.04)|
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- "ICF medalists for Olympic and World Championships – Part 2: rest of flatwater (now sprint) and remaining canoeing disciplines: 1936–2007" (PDF). CanoeICF.com. International Canoe Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 November 2009.
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- Matija Ljubek at the International Olympic Committee
- Matija Ljubek at the Olympic Channel
- Matija Ljubek at Olympedia
| The Best Athlete of Yugoslavia
| Yugoslav Sportsman of the Year
| Flagbearer for Yugoslavia
(for FR Yugoslavia)