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Australia’s Kettlebell Marathon Pioneer!

Jad Marinovic Australia’s Kettlebell Marathon pioneer!

Australia’s first founding International Representative/promoter and Team Australia athlete: IGSF 2011, ICKLM 2011, Ketacademy 2013, IGSJF/IKMF/UGC 2013, and ASM Vityaz 2016!

Jad Marinovic has been competing in Kettlebell marathon since 2011 promoting all marathon federations (IGSF, IDKLM, Ketacademy/WAKSC, IGSJF/IKMF/UGC, ASM Vityaz) including pioneering marathon in Australia and events in the world.

Note: Work in progress.

Timeline – The Australian Story


1st IGSF Kettlebell Marathon Championship (1 Hour Marathon)!

First Australian Women to compete in an International  kettlebell Marathon Championship representing Australia is Jadranka Marinovic. She made history becoming Australia’s 1st kettlebell Sport marathon Champion at the IGSF 1 hour Kettlebell Marathon championship in Milan June 2011 where she set a new world record and qualified for the highest rank MSIK.  

 1st ICKLM First World Olympiad of Weight Lifting Masters (Half Marathon)!

Jad Marinovic wins and sets a new official women’s world record in the Half Marathon at the ICKLM First World Olympiad of Weight Lifting Masters, Aug 2011 lifting 16 kg for 30 minutes.


Hosted 1st Kettlebell Marathon in Australia


1st KBA Kettlebell Marathon event – Jad Marinovic officially organised the 1st Kettlebell Marathon at Kettlebell Athletica where participants lifted and raised money for Matea who was in a coma in February 19th, 2012 in Melbourne Australia following the IKSFA Training course.

This was the first time two international World Champions Sergey Rachinskiy and Sergey Rudner lifted in a Kettlebell Marathon event in Australia.


Ketacademy Australia Representative

  • Jad Marinovic becomes the official KETAcademy representative in Australia


2nd KBA Kettlebell Marathon event – 

  • 2nd Kettlebell Athletica Melbourne Open Marathon organised by Jad Marinovic at Kettlebell Athletica.
  • Launched  the KETAcademy ranking table in the which was the first in the world June, 2013!
  • First time in the world Athletes in Australia and around the world  now had the opportunity to  achieve Ketacademy international kettlebell ranks in the Half Marathon 30 and 1 Hour Marathon.
  • Jad Marinovic made history achieving the Ketacademy kettlebell Marathon Master of Sport rank which was a 1st in the world, and also officially broke a LC World Record by 40 reps with 16 kg.
  • Sergey Rachinskiy lifted a 24 kg for 1 hour setting a new record. Click her for results. Click here for results!
  • 2 World Records and Australian Records were set.  Results file here:
3rd Kettlebell Athletica Melbourne Open/ Kettlebell Marathon Competition 
  • On the 8th of December, 2013 Kettlebell Athletica organised competition No 3, the Kettlebell Athletica Melbourne Competition
  • This was the first competition in Australia uniting  both the kettlebell marathon non-traditional event plus all the classic 10 minute traditional events on the ketacademy ranking table for athletes in Australia.
  •  Picture below  Click here for Results!

IKMF & UGC Founding Australia Representative.

  • In 2013 Jad Marinovic becomes the official Australian Representative for the International Kettlebell Marathon Federation (IGSJF/ IKMF) and the “Ultimate Girevik Cup (UGC), IKMF Kettlebell Half Marathon League”


Hosted first International World Grand Prix competition in Australia which included Kettlebell Marathon.

The 2014 Kettlebell Athletica Melbourne competition is now an international event since Kettlebell Athletica became the official partner club with The “World Association of Kettlebell Clubs” to organize the “1st International Kettlebell Sport World Grand Prix Australia Leg. The world grand Prix is being held by organizing club competitions in different countries around the world according to the calendar of WKCA. kettlebell Marathon included the 1 hour and 30 minute events. Click here for results.


First girl in the world to lift two kettlebells in a 1 Hour kettlebell Marathon.

October – Kettlebell Marathon pioneer Jad Marinovic sets new World record lifting two kettles – TALC in 1 Hour for 522 repetitions! First girl in world to lift doubles for an hour in a kettlebell marathon event officially recognised by IKMF!


Kettlebell Marathon at the 2015 Kettlebell Athletica Melbourne World Grand Prix which was at the 1st Arnold Classic Australia. In 2014 Jad Marinovic became the official Kettlebell Captain of the Arnold Classic and official sponsored the Kettlebell Sport event.

The Arnold Classic KBA/WKCA WGP Championship was open to lifters Australia wide and around the world to all federations, unions, associations, countries, communities and clubs who promote kettlebell sport. For the first time ever in Australia a Kettlebell Sport competition was part of the 1st ever Arnold Classic Australia. This event included all the events on the Ketacademy ranking table including the kettlebell Marathon to show case the sport to the World.

Kettlebell Marathon and Kettlebell Relay Triathlon!


The Ultimate Girevik Cup, IKMF Kettlebell Half Marathon League stage 1

The Ultimate Girevik Cup, IKMF Kettlebell Half Marathon League stage 1 in Australia was hosted by  RockHard in Benigo in coordination with Jad Marinovic the IKMF Australia Representative on the 17th May, 2015.


The IKMF Ultimate Girevik Cup is a championship league held over 3 Stages/ Seasons, giving the athletes the possibility to develop their skills and performance along the whole year. Click here for more information here for results!

Jad Marinovic makes history becoming the 1st woman in the world to lift a kettlebell for 2 hours officially recognised by IKMF!

The 1st IKMF Kettlebell Marathon World Championship!

Jad Marinovic who is also founding IKMF Representative for Australia becomes Australia’s 1st Kettlebell Marathon World Champion representing Australia Team winning Gold and breaking World Record from USA athlete!  Jad Marinovic is also the 1st woman in the world to compete in the IKMF Kettlebell Marathon world championship in the 1 Hour Kettlebell Marathon in the professional division!


In 2015 Jad Marinovic also made history achieving Australia’s 1st  MSWC rank.


  • The 2nd Arnold Classic Australia “KBA Melbourne Open Championship” which is stage 5 of the WAKSC Grand Prix!

Kettlebel Marathon at the 2nd Arnold Classic Australia “KBA Melbourne Open Championship” which is stage 5 of the WAKSC Grand Prix! Jad Marinovic achieves MS with 24 kg OALC at the 2nd Arnold Sports Festival KBA Melbourne Open WGP Australia.

  • “Moscow World Cup “ASM Vityaz”!

Jad Marinovic competed in the ASM “Vityaz” 2016 Moscow World Cup 2016 and creates history achieving the 1s MSIC Rank in Australia with 24 kg!

MSIC with 24 kg at the ASM Vityaz World Cup in Moscow!  Jad was invited and sponsored to compete at the Moscow World Cup where she made history achieving MSIC with 24 kg OALC.

  • IKMF 2nd Kettlebell Marathon World Championship!

Jad Marinovic was the 2016 IKMF Australia Representative who qualified IKMF Team athletes & judges for the 2nd IKMF World Championships. A Huge Congratulation to the IKMF Team Australia athletes who all achieved outstanding results at the 2nd 2016 IKMF Kettlebell Marathon World Championships in Denmark!


  • March – 2017 KBA Melbourne Open Championship which is part of the WAKSC World Grand Prix Series included Kettlebell Marathon at the 3rd Arnold Sports Festival!
  • In 2017 Jad Marinovic became Australia’s 1st Master of Sport in the Kettlebell Half Marathon  TALC event achieving Gold  & 1st Australian Master of Sport in TALC lifting double kettlebells and World Record lifting doubles in  age category.
  • June – 2017 Kettlebell Athletica Classic & UGC in conjunction with Rockhard in Bendigo.
  • September –  2017 KBA 1st Perth Open Championship hosted by Perth Kettlebell Sport Academy in conjunction with Kettlebell Athletica!


  • March – 2018 KBA Melb Open & WGP & 1st WAKSC Kettlebell Marathon World Championship at the 4th Arnold Sports Festival.
  • In 2018 Jad Marinovic became Australia’s 1st Kettlebell Marathon World Championship lifting double kettlebells in the 1 Hour TALC Kettlebell marathon achieving Gold (age category), 1st Australian Master of Sport in TALC in 1 Hour,  and World Record lifting doubles in  age category.
  • September – 2018 2nd KBA Perth Open & 1st Perth WGP will be presented by Kettllebell Athletica in conjunction with Perth Kettlebell Sport Academy and The Body Consultants Gym. 1st Kettlebell Marathon in Perth.

Athlete Achievement Highlights


1st IGSF Kettlebell Marathon Championship (1 Hour Marathon)

1st ICKLM First World Olympiad of Weight Lifting Masters (Half Marathon)


1st Ketacademy Kettlebell Marathon Master of Sport in the World.


1st  woman in the world to lift double kettlebells for 1 Hour officially recognised by IKMF.

1st WGP Australia 1 Hour female Kettlebell Marathon Champion


1st Arnold Classic Kettlebell Marathon Champion in world.

1st woman in the world to lift for 2 hours officially recognised by IKMF.


1st ASM Vityaz World Cup Champion with 24 kg in the world.


1st Female Master of Sport with double kettlebells in Australia in half marathon (2017)


1st Australian Master of Sport with double kettlebells  in 1 hour marathon (2018).

1st WAKSC Master of Soprt TALC World Champion in 1 hour marathon in age category in world.


1st person in the world to lift f/two kettlebells nonstop for 3 hours officially recognised by Ketacademy/WAKSC at the 2019 Arnold Sports Festival.

1st Australian to lift two kettlebells nonstop in 2019 27th IGSF Half Marathon TALC with 2 x 12 kg kettlebells in -70 weight category.