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Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
Born01 Oct 1987 in Dubrovnik, YUG
Height2.04 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Wife Maria, daughters Sofia, Laura and Gloria
Dubrovnik, CRO
Croatian, English, Italian
Higher education
Marketing - University of Dubrovnik: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age seven at the Gusar club near Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Why this sport?
"In the summer, it was normal for all of us to swim in the pool which was in the sea and set up for water polo. That fun summer game became more serious when that autumn I signed up with a club as a youth player, and it was the beginning of a long and successful career."
Club / Team
VK Jug: Dubrovnik, CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
International Debut
Competing for
World League
Novi Sad, SRB
General Interest
Joke (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Reading books. (fina.org, 09 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (tokyo2020.org, 04 May 2020)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and Croatian water polo player Ognjen Krzic. (24sata.hr, 27 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Croatian water polo player Ognjen Krzic. (24sata.hr, 27 Jul 2019)
In 2009 he suffered from partial thrombosis of his subclavian vein, which caused swelling in his left arm. He was out for seven months. (24sata.hr, 27 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Matches lost, but never battles. These are all things that happen. You fall, but you rise again. Then the next big thing that sport gave me is relying on teamwork. We can all be great individuals, but the whole world is based on team efforts." (olympicchannel.com, 17 Feb 2021)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 Croatian Water Polo Player of the Year following a vote held by Croatian newspaper Vecernji list. (narod.hr, 23 Oct 2019)

He was named in the Media All Star Team of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea. (fina.org, 27 Jul 2019)

In 2016 he was honoured with the Order of the Croatian Interlace. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016)

Swimming World Magazine named him 2012 Water Polo Player of the Year. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 08 Dec 2012)
Other information
In October 2021 he announced his retirement from international competition. (total-croatia-news.com, 19 Oct 2021)

 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  
1 2007 Melbourne, AUS Team  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
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