Ronald Lopatny


May 21, 2022

Ronald Lopatny (Zagreb, September 19, 1944 - Zagreb, May 5, 2022) was a Yugoslav and Croatian water polo player, winner of a gold medal at the 1968 Olympic Games.

Sports biography

He was born on September 19, 1944 in Zagreb. As a boy, he swam in the Swimming and Water Polo Club Naprijed from Zagreb's Šalata. His best swimming result is second place in the 100 meters freestyle, at the junior championship of Yugoslavia. However, he did not stay in swimming for long, but he stayed in the same club. He stayed in the water, but turned to water polo. Already at the age of 15, he played in the first team of water polo players of Zagreb's Naprijeda, in the then national league. He was a member of the Medveščak team, which won the Yugoslav Winter Championship in 1966 as a second division team. Two years later, in 1968, he moved to Mladost, for which he played the best five years of his career, finishing his career in 1973. He won the European Champions Cup three times with the Mladost team, in 1968, 1969 and 1971, the Yugoslav Championship three times, 1969, 1970 and 1971, and twice he was the best player and scorer in the league, in 1970 and 1971. For he played for the Yugoslav national team 150 times. He won the Olympic gold medal in Mexico in 1968. At the next games in Munich in 1972, he was a member of the team that won fifth place. He won bronze medals at the European Championships in 1966 in Utrecht and in 1970 in Barcelona, ​​and gold medals at the Mediterranean Games in 1967 in Tunisia and in 1971 in Izmir. He stopped playing water polo at the age of 29, when he was at the peak of his career.

Private life

He graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb. His ex-wife is singer Tereza Kesovija. For years he was the owner of a restaurant in Palmotićeva Street in Zagreb. He has a daughter named Maja Lena.

See more

List of winners of Olympic medals for Yugoslavia


External links

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