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Iztok Puc

Full name: Iztok Puc
Other name(s): Изток Пуц
Gender: Male
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 231 lbs (105 kg)
Born: September 14, 1966 in Slovenj Gradec, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Died: October 20, 2011 in Miami, Florida, United States
Affiliations: RK Borac, Banja Luka (BIH) / Prule 67, Ljubljana (SLO)
Country: YUG Yugoslavia, CRO Croatia, SLO Slovenia
Sport: Handball

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Iztok Puc was Slovenian but represented Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Slovenia at the Olympics in handball. He started his career playing for RK Šoštanj, and then later played for RK Borac in Bosnia/Herzegovina, RK Zagreb in Croatia, and then RK Celje and RD Prule 67 in Slovenia. He first played internationally for Yugoslavia in 1987 at the World Junior Championships, and a year later he was on the Olympic team for Yugoslavia. After the break-up of Yugoslavia, Puc became a Croatian citizen in 1991, playing for RK Zagreb, competed for them at the 1996 Olympics, and with the Croatian team, won a bronze medal at the 1994 European Championships, and a silver at the 1995 World Championships. He ended his career playing with his native Slovenia. After his handball career ended, Puc moved to Miami, Florida in 2005 to support the tennis career of his son, Borut. Iztok Puc was diagnosed with lung cancer in early 2011 and succumbed to the disease within only a few months. He is considered one of the greatest backs in handball history.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Men's Handball Yugoslavia YUG 3 Bronze
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Handball Men's Handball Croatia CRO 1 Gold
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Men's Handball Slovenia SLO 8

Men's Handball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G W S E DQ
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Final Round Match 3/4 1 1988-10-01 YUG 27, HUN 23 3
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #1 2 1988-09-20 URS 24, YUG 18 3
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #4 1 1988-09-22 YUG 31, USA 23 4
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #7 1 1988-09-24 YUG 23, ALG 22 1
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #10 1T 1988-09-26 YUG 19, ISL 19 0
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Handball Yugoslavia YUG Group A Match #15 1 1988-09-28 YUG 25, SWE 21 5
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Handball Croatia CRO Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1996-08-02 CRO 24, FRA 20 2 0 0 0 0
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Handball Croatia CRO Group A Match #2 1 1996-07-24 CRO 23, SUI 22 1 0 0 0 0
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Handball Croatia CRO Group A Match #11 1 1996-07-29 CRO 25, RUS 24 3 0 1 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Final Round Match 7/8 2 2000-09-30 EGY 34, SLO 28 0 0 0 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Quarter-Finals Match #1 2 2000-09-26 RUS 33, SLO 22 1 0 0 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Classification Round 5-8 Match #1 2 2000-09-29 FRA 29, SLO 22 1 1 1 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Group B Match #1 1T 2000-09-16 SLO 24, FRA 24 1 0 1 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Group B Match #6 2 2000-09-18 SWE 32, SLO 30 7 1 0 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Group B Match #11 2 2000-09-22 ESP 31, SLO 28 4 0 1 0 0
2000 Summer 33 Sydney Handball Slovenia SLO Group B Match #13 1 2000-09-24 SLO 22, TUN 20 3 0 0 0 0