29 January 1985|
Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia
|Height||195 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
|Water polo information|
|National team career|
Serbia and Montenegro|
Nikola Rađen (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Рађен, pronounced [nǐkɔla râd͡ʑɛn]) (born 29 January 1985) is a Serbian water polo player who last played for Olympiacos in Greece. He was a member of the Serbia men's national water polo team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won with Serbia the 2009 World Championship as well as the 2012 Eindhoven European Championship. Rađen has also won 2 LEN Euroleagues with his former clubs Partizan Raiffeisen (2011) and VK Crvena Zvezda (2013).
On 16 January, at the European Championship Rađen scored in the first game two goals in an 8–5 win against Spain. After next two games without goals, on 21 January in the fourth match, Rađen scored his third goal of the tournament for his national team in a routine victory against Romania 14–5. Nikola Rađen won the 2012 European Championship on 29 January. He scored a goal in the final against Montenegro which his national team won by 9–8. This was his first gold medal at the European Championships.
- National Championship of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- National Cup of Serbia (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- LEN Euroleague (1): 2011
- Eurointer League (2): 2010, 2011
VK Crvena Zvezda
- LEN Euroleague (1): 2013
- LEN Super Cup (1): 2013
- National Championship of Serbia (1): 2012–13
- National Cup of Serbia (1): 2012–13
- Eurointer League (1): 2013
Failed drug test
On May 15, 2015, Serbian media published that Rađen was tested positive for cocaine after the World League game between Serbia and Spain, held on February 17, 2015. The penalty for such doping violation is 4 years of not participating in any kind of sport events. On May 18, 2015, he was officially temporary suspended by FINA due to continued investigation into his positive doping results to cocaine metabolites. Furthermore, two days later, Olympiacos, the club with whom he was under the contract, terminated the contract for violating the terms of it. On August 24, 2015, he was officially suspended on a 4-year period by FINA for positive doping results; from tests taking place on February 17, and nearly two months later, on April 15.
- Παναθηναϊκός-Ολυμπιακός 10-18. sport24.gr. 9 May 2015. (in Greek).
- N., V. (18 May 2015). "FINA još ćuti, Rađen čeka kaznu". novosti.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "ADAS: FINA suspendovala Rađena". b92.net (in Serbian). Antidoping Agencija Srbije. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "VSS: Rađen privremeno suspendovan". b92.net (in Serbian). 19 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Olimpijakos otpustio Rađena". b92.net (in Serbian). 20 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- "Nikola Radjen, Serbian Water Polo Player And Olympic Medalist, Suspended For Four Years By FINA Doping Panel". swimmingworldmagazine.com. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015.
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