Double Olympian with a gold and silver medal Milivoj Bebic, one of the best Croatian water polo players and top scorer of the world of the 80’s, from May 12th, 2013 is the sixth Croat in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the U.S. Fort Lauderdale. Before him, top Croatian water polo players Zdravko Ciro Kovacic (1984), Ratko Rudic (2007), Perica Bukić (2008), Zdravko Jezic Pucko and founder of Hvar’s Pharos marathon in long-distance swimming, Vicko Soljan, found there their places in the category of prominent sports officials. The only Croat in the Hall of Fame is the winner of the gold and silver, the Olympian in swimming Durdica Bjedov (1987).

Double Olympian with a gold and silver medal Milivoj Bebic, one of the best Croatian water polo players and top scorer of the world of the 80’s, from May 12th, 2013 is the sixth Croat in the International Swimming Hall of Fame in the U.S. Fort Lauderdale. Before him, top Croatian water polo players Zdravko Ciro Kovacic (1984), Ratko Rudic (2007), Perica Bukić (2008), Zdravko Jezic Pucko and founder of Hvar’s Pharos marathon in long-distance swimming, Vicko Soljan, found there their places in the category of prominent sports officials. The only Croat in the Hall of Fame is the winner of the gold and silver, the Olympian in swimming Durdica Bjedov (1987).
Milivoj Bebic was born in Split on August 29th, 1959. At the age of ten, he started playing in the Split club POŠK-in for which he played from 1976 until 1986. For the Yugoslav national team he played from 1977 until 1986 and he played 300 games and scored the record of 620 goals, which made him the world record holder for the number of goals scored in a single game (28). It was at the Universiade in Kobe in 1985 (Yugoslavia - Guatemala 62- 0). FINA proclaimed him three times the best water polo player of the world (1982, 1984 and 1985).
He competed at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 where he won silver, and in 1984 in Los Angeles he won a gold medal. He won the silver medal at the European Championship in Sofia in 1985, two gold medals at the MG (Split 1979 and Casablanca 1983), and with the POSK team he won two European Cup of the Cups, two Mediterranean Cups, two cups of the former Yugoslavia and one European Super Cup. After actively playing, Milivoj Bebic worked as a sports official in the POSKand Croatian Water Polo Federation. As the sports director of POSK, which at one time performed under the name Slobodna Dalmacija and Splitska Banka, he won the Croatian championship in 1998, the Croatian National Cup in 2000 and the European Champions’ Cup in 1999.
He was also a member of the City Government of Split in charge of sports and the director of the institution for managing sports facilities of the town of Split. He won the award of the town of Split in 1984 and the Franjo Bucar State Award for Sports in 2000. The Croatian President presented him in 1999 with the award of the Order of Danica Hrvatska (the Croatian Daystar) with the figure of Franjo Bucar.