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Karla SITIC
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Born06 May 1992 in Split, CRO
Height1.61 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
Split, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Fitness Instructor, Sports Administrator, Student
Languages
Croatian, English
Higher education
Human Movement Studies - University of Split: Croatia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age seven in Split, Croatia.
Why this sport?
She followed her father into the sport.
Club / Team
KDP Split: Croatia
General Interest
Injuries
She ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] and meniscus in her knee a month before the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. Despite the injury she won a bronze medal in the 10km event, and eventually underwent knee surgery in April 2014. (markopolosport.net, 03 Sep 2014; srednja.hr, 08 Feb 2014)
Other sports
She represented Croatia in swimming at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2020)
Milestones
She became the first athlete to represent Croatia in open water swimming at the Olympic Games when she competed at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2020)

She became the first Croatian swimmer to win a medal in open water swimming at a World Cup event when she claimed silver in 2010 in Viedma, Argentina. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Mar 2020)
Famous relatives
Her father Slaven has competed and coached open water swimming at international level. Her brother Ivan and her sister Ivana have both represented Croatia in open water swimming, with Ivan competing at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 02 Nov 2020; federnuoto.it, 31 Aug 2015; sibenskiportal.hr, 19 Jul 2014; srednja.hr, 08 Feb 2014; openwaterswimming.com, 08 Feb 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In 2017 she began serving as general secretary of the Croatian Long Distance Swimming Federation and as a national selector. She has also worked as a coach at Guliver Fitness, a gym in Solin, Croatia. (Facebook profile, 19 Jun 2021; Instagram profile, 04 Feb 2021; hsdp.hr, 21 Oct 2020; fina.org, 31 Aug 2019; slobodnadalmacija.hr, 19 May 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2016 she began studying for a PhD in kinesiology at the University of Split in Croatia. (Facebook profile, 18 Nov 2019)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2015 Kazan, RUS 5km  DNS
  2015 Kazan, RUS 10km  DNF
  2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km  DNS
17 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:02:29.6
12 2011 Shanghai, CHN 25km 5:37:49.8
18 2009 Rome, ITA 10km 2:02:04.5
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2014 Berlin, GER 25km 5:24:32.7
22 2014 Berlin, GER 10km 2:03:03.4
5 2011 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:00:24.7
9 2011 Eilat, ISR 25km 5:28:35.5
11 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:01:32.5
8 2010 Balatonfüred, HUN 25km 5:50:39.3
20 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 10km 2:06:53.5
13 2008 Dubrovnik, CRO 5km - Team Time Trial 1:03:23.3
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
15 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 2:08:20.1
21 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:56:11.51
10 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:06:56.05
4 2014   10km  
19 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:06:24.3
8 2014 Lac Magoc, QC, CAN 10km 2:11:35.08
11 2014 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:10:12.6
5 2014 Lac-Mégantic, QC, CAN 10km 2:34.56
31 2014 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:08:31.9
12 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:02:44.45
10 2012 Santos, BRA 10km 2:22:38.19
4 2012 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:02:22
4 2011 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:48:52.1
4 2010   10km  
6 2010 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:10:49.95
5 2010 Lac St. Jean, QC, CAN 10km 2:10:09.3
9 2010 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:18:45.3
6 2010 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:03:12.94
2 2010 Viedma, ARG 10km 1:58:34
4 2009   10km  
4 2009 Annecy, FRA 10km 1:59:06.97
6 2009 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:07:28.7
5 2009 New York, NY, USA 10km 2:05:27.1
5 2009 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:42:53.01
5 2009 Sharjah, UAE 10km 1:58:33.26
8 2009 Varna, BUL 10km 2:16:43.60
57 2007   10km