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Gojko PIJETLOVIC
Sport Water Polo
NOC Serbia   
GenderMen
Born07 Aug 1983 in Novi Sad, YUG
Height1.97 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Jovan, daughter Mia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Serbian
Higher education
Sports Management - Union Nikola Tesla University: Belgrade, SRB
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1992 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Why this sport?
His father signed him and his brother Dusko up for water polo on the suggestion of a neighbour. "Dad wanted us to train in water polo, first for our health, and I enjoyed it every time I went to the swimming pool."
Club / Team
VK Novi Beograd: Serbia
Name of coach
Vladimir Vujasinovic [club], SRB
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2003
Competing for
Serbia and Montenegro
Tournament
World League
Location
Hungary
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, winning gold at the 2009 World Championship in Rome, Italy, winning gold and being named best goalkeeper at the 2014 European Championship in Budapest, Hungary, and winning gold at the 2019 World League Super Final in Belgrade, Serbia. (PinnBet YouTube channel, 11 Jan 2019; kablarnet.rs, 22 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (mozzartsport.com, 07 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Water polo player Denis Sefik. (kablarnet.rs, 22 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always do your best. I do my best in everything I can and the results will come." (kablarnet.rs, 22 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Goalkeeper at the 2014 European Championship in Budapest, Hungary. (apoloscsaj.wordpress.com, 20 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Dusko was part of the Serbian water polo teams that won gold at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. (total-waterpolo.com, 08 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Nov 2021; mondo.rs, 13 Jul 2012)
Other information
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
He retired from international competition after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (informer.rs, 10 Aug 2021; Instagram profile, 08 Aug 2021; total-waterpolo.com, 08 Aug 2021, 06 Jun 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
3 2012 London, ENG Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
2 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2010 Oradea, ROU Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
1 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
1 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
1 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team