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Fran PASKVALIN
Sport Water Polo
NOC Croatia   
GenderMen
Born22 Nov 1984 in Zagreb, YUG
Height2.05 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Languages
Croatian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo at age nine.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right
Footedness
Right
International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Croatia
Location
Hungary
General Interest
Nicknames
Paskva (NOC, 17 Mar 2008)
Hero / Idol
Croatian basketball player Drazen Petrovic. (hoo.hr, 31 Jul 2011)
Injuries
Sinus problems meant he was unable to compete at the 2016 European Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. (telegram.hr, 07 Jan 2016; germanijak.hr, 13 Dec 2015)

He suffered a ruptured eardrum in 2012. (sportcom.hr, 02 Nov 2012)

He suffered an elbow injury on the eve of the 2010 European Championships. (zagreb2010.com, 14 Jul 2011)
Famous relatives
His father Tomislav won gold in water polo for Yugoslavia at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Aug 2018; clubprada.com, 19 Jun 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In July 2018 he announced his retirement from professional sport. "The decision was not easy, but I didn't make it overnight, I thought a lot about it. I don't see myself in water polo, but water polo will always be a part of me. It gave me a lot and of course I will be around if someone needs help." (havk-mladost.hr, 28 Jul 2018)

SEEING STRAIGHT
He had a laser vision correction procedure before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (opticalexpress.hr, 22 Jun 2012)

 Competition Highlights
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
9 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team