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Živko GOCIC
Sport Water Polo
NOC Serbia   
GenderMen
Born22 Aug 1982 in Belgrade, YUG
Height1.93 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Svetlana, son Bogdan
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English, Hungarian, Serbian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age nine.
Club / Team
Szolnoki Vizilabda SC: Hungary
Name of coach
Sandor Cseh [club], HUN
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Yugoslavia
General Interest
Nicknames
Zileta, Zile (mondo.rs, 03 Dec 2016; alo.rs, 21 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (mozzartsport.com, 30 May 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received the Majska Nagrada Award from the Sports Association of Serbia. (srbijadanas.com, 23 May 2015)
Ambitions
To stay involved in water polo after his retirement. (Al Jazeera Balkans YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2016)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
He retired from the Serbian national team after winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "The Olympic gold was the greatest medal for me. It is the pinnacle of my career. I can't find the right words to say how happy and proud I am that I was a part of this team and I led it as team captain." (Al Jazeera Balkans YouTube channel, 30 Sep 2016)

COACH
In 2017 he began coaching the Serbian national junior water polo team. "I am preparing myself for what is waiting for me when I end my playing career." (mozzartsport.com, 30 May 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
3 2012 London, ENG Team  
3 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
4 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2010 Oradea, ROU Team  
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
1 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
3 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
1 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team  
1 2003 Kranj, SLO Team