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Gojko
Pijetlovic
SerbiaSerbia, SRB
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 August 1983
Height
197 cm
Weight
97 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Iva, son Jovan, daughter Mia
Residence
Serbia
Occupation
Athlete
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 play on the suggestion of a neighbour. "Dad wanted us to train in water polo first for our health, but I remember that I enjoyed it every time I went to the swimming pool."
Club / Team
VK Sabac: Serbia
Name of coach
Miodrag Mirovic [club]; Dejan Savic [national], SRB
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goalkeeper
Handedness
Right

International Debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Serbia and Montenegro
Tournament
World League
Location
Hungary

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, claiming gold at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, and winning gold and being named best goalkeeper at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (mozzartsport.com, 07 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His family.(mozzartsport.com, 07 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 21 Dec 2006)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Goalkeeper at the 2014 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (apoloscsaj.wordpress.com, 20 Oct 2014)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Dusko has 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)
Other information
BROTHERLY LOVE
Since 2009, he has played on the national team alongside his younger brother Dusko. "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," Dusko said. (hellomagazin.rs, 04 Oct 2016; zurnal.rs, 03 Sep 2016; alo.rs, 27 Aug 2016)

TEAMMATE AND COACH
The Serbian team has a special relationship with their head coach, Dejan Savic. "He is for us more like a friend than father, many of us played with him. This is what distinguished us from other teams, we know exactly the difference in comparison to the time when we were teammates and now when he is our coach. We know the limits of what we can do." (kurir.rs, 06 Aug 2018)