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Manuel Estiarte

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexMale
Full nameManuel•Estiarte Duocastella
Used nameManuel•Estiarte
Other namesManel Estiarte i Duocastella
Born26 October 1961 in Manresa, Barcelona (ESP)
Measurements178 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsCN Barcelona, Barcelona (ESP) / CUS d'Annunzio, Pescara (ITA) / CN Catalunya, Barcelona (ESP) / CN Atlètic-Barceloneta, Barcelona (ESP)
NOC(s) Spain

Biography

Manuel Estiarte is usually considered, along with Hungarian Dezső Gyarmati, as one of the two greatest water poloists of all time. He competed in six Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in 1992 and a gold medal in 1996. He was the leading goal scorer in water polo at the 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics. Estiarte also led Spain to three medals at the World Championships – the 1998 gold and silvers in 1991 and 1994, as well as winning three bronze medals at the 1985, 1991, and 1999 World Cup, and a silver (1991) and bronze (1993) at the European Championships. For seven consecutive years (1986-92), he was voted World Player of the Year.

When his Olympic career ended, Estiarte entered sports administration and served as an Athletes’ Member of the IOC from 2000-04. He later headed external relations at FC Barcelona from 2008-12 under Pep Guardiola, and then went to Bayern München with Guardiola in 2013, working as his administrative assistant. In 1996 Estiarte received the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit, the highest distinction of Spanish sport, while in 2001 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2001.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1980 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 4 ESP Manuel Estiarte
1984 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 4 ESP Manuel Estiarte
1988 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 6 ESP Manuel Estiarte
1992 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 2 Silver ESP Manuel Estiarte
1996 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 1 Gold ESP Manuel Estiarte
2000 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) Water Polo, Men Olympic Spain 4 ESP Manuel Estiarte

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure Details
Athlete International Olympic Committee 2000—2004

Other participations

Games Role Details
2000 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony

Olympic family relations

Special Notes