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Sport Water Polo
NOC Serbia   
Born28 Apr 1987 in Dubrovnik, YUG
Height1.89 m
 Human Interest 
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
CN Marseille: France
Why this sport?
He began playing water polo to improve his health. The sport was also popular with other members of his family. "I lived in Herceg Novi and at that time all kids there tried water polo."
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1993 in Herceg Novi, Montenegro.
International Debut
Competing for
Serbia and Montenegro
Friendly International
Further Personal Information
English, Italian, Serbian
General Interest
Prle, Rajo (vaterpolovesti.com, 13 Jul 2017; Athlete, 21 Dec 2006)
Awards and honours
In December 2018 he received a special award from the Serbian Water Polo Federation for playing his 300th match for the national team. (mondo.rs, 29 Dec 2018; studiokeel.com, 2019)

He was selected in the All-Star team at the 2017 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 29 Jul 2017)

He was named Most Valuable Player [MVP] at the 2016 European Championship in Belgrade, Serbia. (belgrade2016.rs, 23 Jan 2016)

He was named MVP of the final of the 2015 World Championship in Kazan, Russian Federation. (vesti.rs, 08 Aug 2015)

He was named MVP of the 2013 Champions League. (waterpoloserbia.org, 01 Jun 2013)

In 2012 the Serbian Olympic Committee named him Athlete of the Year. (soskanal.net, 21 Dec 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach
Milos Scepanovic [club], MNE
Further Personal Information
Wife Ivana Culjkovic, daughter Djurdja [2014], son Bogdan [2016]
Higher education
Finance, Management - University of Belgrade: Serbia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2019 World League Super Final in Belgrade, Serbia. (alo.rs, 03 Jan 2020)
Sport Specific Information
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
General Interest
In October 2016 he was affected by glandular fever [mononucleosis]. (novosti.rs, 15 Oct 2016)
Other information
He retired from international competition after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was his fourth Olympic participation. "The difference is big when you make your debut at the Games and when you put an end to it. You go to the first one with great excitement, and calmly to the fourth one, because you saw and experienced everything. Now I have certainly a different way of thinking than in 2008. I am glad to say goodbye to my generation with whom I competed at so many competitions and won so many medals. With a generation I have really fond memories of." (fina.org, 01 Oct 2021; novosti.rs, 18 Jul 2021)

He co-owns the swimwear brand Studio Keel. "Keel was a great opportunity for another water adventure along with water polo in which I have been involved since age six. It was, and still is, a big challenge. From the very beginning, we wanted to master quality." (Keel Watersports Facebook page, 20 Oct 2020; Facebook profile, 15 Jul 2021)
Further Personal Information
Belgrade, SRB

 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  
3 2008 Beijing, CHN 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  
4 2007 Melbourne, AUS 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  
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
3 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
2 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
1 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team