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Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
Born04 Jan 1986 in Dubrovnik, YUG
Height1.99 m
Weight 115 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wife Marina, daughter Andrea, son Peter
Dubrovnik, CRO
Athlete, Student
Croatian, English
Higher education
Coaching - University of Zagreb [Faculty of Kinesiology]: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age 12 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Why this sport?
He started swimming classes at age six, and later switched to water polo.
Club / Team
HAVK Mladost: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Zoran Bajic [club], CRO; Ivica Tucak [national], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre back
International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Buki (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Cars. (In Magazin Facebook page, 26 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (LibertasTV Stream YouTube channel, 08 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named 2018 Croatian Water Polo Player of the Year by Croatian publication 'Vecernji'. He shared the award with fellow Croatian water polo player Luka Loncar. (tportal.hr, 21 Dec 2018)

He was presented with the Franjo Bucar National Award for Sport in 2016. (dubrovniknet.hr, 16 Jan 2017)

In 2016 he was honoured with the Order of the Croatian Interlace. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (LibertasTV Stream YouTube channel, 08 Feb 2019)
Other information
He planned to retire from the national team in 2020, however due to the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he decided to prolong his career to 2021. He has also contemplated continuing his career into 2022 as Croatia will host the 2022 European Championships in Split. "In our sport, like in many others, you think by Olympic cycles. I said many times that I would like to finish my career with the end of that cycle, and this was supposed to be after the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. However, with the Olympic Games in Tokyo rescheduled to 2021 I said that I am ready for this. And Split, it will be definitely be a great and beautiful opportunity to play the European championships at home, on home soil. I believe that the atmosphere will be amazing. I remember perfectly until today, with every detail how it was [at the 2010 European championships] in Zagreb. A very unique feeling." (hvs.hr, 20 Nov 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
2 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
1 2012 London, ENG Team  
6 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team  
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
3 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
1 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
4 2005 Montreal, CAN Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Berlin, GER Team  
2 2010 Oradea, ROU Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2018 Barcelona, ESP Team  
7 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
5 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
1 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
4 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
7 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team