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Luka
Loncar
CroatiaCroatia, CRO
Water polo

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
26 June 1987
Height
195 cm
Weight
106 kg
Family
Daughters Ema and Paola
Residence
Dubrovnik, CRO
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Croatian

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo with the HAVK Mladost club in Zagreb, Croatia.
Why this sport?
"I started playing soccer and basketball, but I was not too motivated. Afterwards I dived between handball and water polo, eventually chose water polo and played with [HAVK] Mladost."
Club / Team
VK Jug: Dubrovnik, CRO
Name of coach
Vjekoslav Kobescak [club], CRO; Ivica Tucak [national], CRO
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Centre forward
Handedness
Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and claiming silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (dnevnik.hr, 30 Jul 2017; slobodnadalmacija.hr, 19 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the Best Centre at the 2018 Total Player Awards held by Total Water Polo. (total-croatia-news.com, 18 Dec 2018)

He was named 2018 Croatian Water Polo Player of the Year by Croatian publication 'Vecernji'. He shared the award with fellow Croatian water polo player Andro Buslje. (vecernji.hr, 23 Dec 2018)

He was named in the All-Star team at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (fina.org, 29 Jun 2017)

He was named the Best Player in the Regional League in 2016/17. (slobodnadalmacija.hr, 28 Mar 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (vecernji.hr, 23 Dec 2018)
Other information
FUTURE PLAN
He plans to be a coach when he retires. "I'll play for another eight or nine years. It will shine on how my body would cope with the sport. And after that I may be doing a coaching job. I've been in the sport all my life and I had great trainers that have taught me a lot." (vecernji.hr, 23 Dec 2018)