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Duško
Pijetlovic
SerbiaSerbia, SRB
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
25 April 1985
Height
192 cm
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Marina, sons Petar [2014] and Stefan [2017]
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Languages
English, Serbian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1992 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Why this sport?
His father signed him and his brother up to water polo on the suggestion of a neighbour. "I was following my brother's footsteps because Gojko took up water polo first, but I have to admit that I liked it immediately."
Club / Team
Dynamo Moscow: Russia
Name of coach
Marat Zakirov [club]; Dejan Savic [national], SRB
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Serbia and Montenegro
Tournament
FINA World League Final
Location
United States

General Interest

Nicknames
Dule (Athlete, 21 Dec 2006)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (hellomagazin.rs, 04 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Male Water Polo Player of the Year in 2015. (swimswam.com, 07 Jan 2016)

He was selected in the Media All-Star Team at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, as Most Valuable Player and Best Centre Forward. (waterpoloword.com, 09 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His older brother Gojko has also represented Serbia in water polo. He was part of the team that won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Aug 2017; mondo.rs, 13 Jul 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (novosti.rs, 15 Jul 2018)
Other information
BROTHERHOOD
He has represented Serbia together with his older brother Gojko since 2009. Dusko said: "Everything is easier and better if you are next to the person you love the most in the world. Only a few people can experience it. We just share everything. Everything is much easier when we are together." (zurnal.rs, 03 Sep 2016; alo.rs, 27 Aug 2016)

MOTIVATION FOR GOLD
In his opinion his family is his biggest source of support, inspiration and motivation. "Since my wife gave birth to our first son, every medal is dedicated to him and my wife. It seems that since then I have brought home only gold medals." (blic.rs, 17 Jul 2018; gloria.rs, 06 Aug 2018)