Evgeny Sharonov

Any hall of fame worthy of the name needs a goalkeeper. Ours is the Russian Evgeny Sharonov, who played for the Soviet Union in the 80s. Born on December 11, 1958, this terrific athlete (1,89cm tall, 96 kilo) was considered impregnable at the time. As a member of the Soviet team, the USSR won Gold at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, which marked the beginning of this country’s water polo supremacy.

Sharonov was not able to compete at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, due to the Socialist boycott, but later took part in the Seoul and Barcelona Olympics, winning the bronze medal on both occasions. At the 1992 Olympic Games he played with the Unified Team.

He defended the colors of Spartak and Moskvich Sports Club, and after his retirement following the Barcelona Olympics, he began a successful career leading several organizations, including the Russian Water Polo Federation, of which he is still president. Furthermore, he is also a member of the FINA Technical Committee.