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Medal record
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Dražen Dalipagić
Competitor for  Yugoslavia
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Silver 1976 Montreal Team Competition
Gold 1980 Moscow Team Competition
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles Team Competition
World Championship
Silver 1974 Puerto Rico Team
Gold 1978 Philippines Team
Bronze 1982 Colombia Team
Bronze 1986 Spain Team
European Championships
Gold 1973 Spain Team Competition
Gold 1975 Yugoslavia Team Competition
Gold 1977 Belgium Team Competition
Bronze 1979 Italy Team Competition
Silver 1981 Czechoslovakia Team Competition

Dražen Dalipagić, born November 27, 1951 (1951-11-27) (age 58) in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia, is a retired Bosnian professional basketball player. Dražen, widely known by his nickname Praja, finished high school in the Mostar Technical School and college in the Belgrade Teachers College. He served in the army in 1979.

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Yugoslavian national team

He started playing basketball at the age of 19 and two years later, in 1973, Dalipagic played the first of his 243 games that he would play between the years 1973 and 1986 with the Yugoslavian national basketball team, winning the gold medal at the 1978 FIBA World Championship and the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics Basketball Tournament. As a member of the Yugoslavian national team, he also won three gold medals at the European Championships. His four medals in the World Championships (Silver, 1974 FIBA World Championship; Gold, 1978 FIBA World Championship; Bronze, 1982 FIBA World Championship and 1986 FIBA World Championship) is an all-time international basketball record. A three-time Olympian, Dalipagic was instrumental in the Yugoslavian team's capturing the gold in the 1980 Olympics.

He was elected the best athlete of Yugoslavia in the year 1978, and Dalipagić is one of the most decorated athletes in Yugoslavian history. Dalipagic was enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player on September 10, 2004. In 2007, he was enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Pro career

He was one of the most dominating players in Europe during the late 1970s and early 1980s era and while playing for the pro club Partizan Belgrade (1971-78, 1979-80, 1981-82) he won the Mr. Europa European Player of the Year award twice in the years 1977 and 1978, and the Euroscar European Player of the Year award in the year 1980. In 1976, he led Partizan Belgrade to the Yugoslavian League title, and also to the FIBA Korać Cup title in 1978.

Post career

Ever since he stopped playing basketball professionally, Dalipagić has lived in Belgrade, Serbia. He is currently the president of Novi Beograd (Atlas) basketball club.

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