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Marko
Bijac
CroatiaCroatia, CRO
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 January 1991
Height
201 cm
Weight
85 kg
Family
Partner Zrinka Kordic
Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport?
His father was a water polo player for VK Jug, so he was naturally involved in the sport. His grandmother used to take him to watch his father's matches.
Club / Team
Pro Recco: Italy
Name of coach
Ratko Rudic [club], CRO, from 2018; Ivica Tucak [national], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Right

General Interest

Hobbies
Fishing, diving, listening to music. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016; dnevnik.hr, 03 Aug 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (rtl.hr, 29 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Water polo is a way of life." (dnevnik.hr, 03 Aug 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Male Water Polo Player of the Year by the European Swimming League. (swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

He was named Croatian Water Polo Player of the Year in 2016 by Croatian publication 'Vecernji'. He also won the 'Rudi Res' trophy in the same year for being judged the Best Croatian Player. (dance.hr, 14 Feb 2017; vecernji.hr, 17 Dec 2016)

He was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (dulist.hr, 24 Aug 2016)

He was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2015/16 Champions League. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016; 24sata.hr, 04 Jun 2016)

He was named Best Goalkeeper of the 2013/14 Adriatic League. (dnevnik.hr, 03 Aug 2014)
Famous relatives
His father Maro played water polo at international level. (dnevnik.hr, 03 Aug 2014)
Other information
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
In January 2015 he was named captain of VK Jug, a position his father Maro also held. (hrt.hr, 05 Dec 2016; dubrovniknet.hr, 10 Jan 2015)