Zagreb, May 8, 2020 - The world's most trophy-winning water polo expert, Ratko Rudić (71), decided to end his rich coaching career. After 39 years on the bench of many clubs and national teams, Rudić felt a lack of motivation for further work and decided to "retire", which in his case means continuing to stay with the greatest sports love - water polo.

Među više od 40 velikih trofeja Ratka Rudića, ističu se oni po kojima je ostao jedinstven u povijesti sporta: tri zlatne olimpijske medalje i tri naslova svjetskog prvaka s tri različite nacionalne reprezentacije (bivša Jugoslavija, Italija  i Hrvatska), a pridoda li se tome i igrački nastup u olimpijskom finalu 1980. godine (SFRJ), jedini se može podičiti s četiri nastupa u olimpijskim finalima zaredom.

Among more than Ratko Rudić’s 40 major trophies, three of them stand out – the ones that made him unique in the history of sport: three Olympic gold medals and three World Champion titles with three different national teams (former Yugoslavia, Italy and Croatia). If his performance in the finals of the 1980 Olympics (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) are added, he is the only one who can boast with appearances in the four Olympic finals in a row.

Rudić led the Croatian Olympic Water Polo Team to gold medal at the London Olympics 2012, World gold medal in Melbourne in 2007 and European gold in Zagreb in 2010, as well as gold in the World League in Almati in 2012- thus  giving a major contribution to the “golden decade” of the Croatian water polo (2007-2017).

Besides the former Yugoslavia, Italy and Croatia, he led the U.S. and Brazil teams, and his last coaching engagement was in the trophy Italian club great Pro Recco.

The Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) thanks Ratko Rudić for everything he has done for Croatian and world water polo as a player and coach! (COC/VK)