Rafael Sterk

Rafael Sterk was born in South Australia and began playing water polo at the age of 14. When he was 22 Sterk was thrown in the deep end with his first major international tournament being the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Sterk is now a three-time Olympian, playing goalkeeper in Sydney, Athens and Beijing. The Australian team finished eighth in Sydney and Beijing and ninth in Athens.

Olympic Results

Beijing 2008 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 4 - AUS v GRE Q1: 5:5, Q2: 4:3, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 1:0 GRE 12-8 Win
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 8 - ESP v AUS Q1: 4:0, Q2: 4:2, Q3: 2:2, Q4: 1:2 ESP 9-8 Loss
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 17 - AUS v CAN Q1: 2:3, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:0 CAN 8-5 Win
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 23 - AUS v HUN Q1: 4:4, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 4:2, Q4: 3:2 HUN 12-13 Loss
Preliminaries - Group A - Game 27 - MNE v AUS Q1: 2:1, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 0:1, Q4: 2:1 MNE 5-5 Draw
Semifinals - Game 36 - AUS v ITA Q1: 4:2, Q2: 1:5, Q3: 4:0, Q4: 1:3, ET1: 0:1, ET2: 3:2, PSO: 4:3 ITA 17-16 Win
Classification 7th-8th - Game 41 - AUS v GRE Q1: 2:3, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 3:1, Q4: 1:3 GRE 8-9 Loss
Final Placing 8 / 12

Athens 2004 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries Q1: 1:3, Q2: 0:5, Q3: 1:4, Q4: 1:2 EGY 3-14 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:1, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 0:3, Q4: 1:2 ITA 8-4 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:1, Q2: 3:1, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 2:1 ESP 8-4 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:2, Q2: 3:2, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 2:3 GRE 10-9 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 1:3, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 1:0, Q4: 2:2 GER 6-6 Draw
Classification 7-12 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 1:4, Q3: 1:3, Q4: 1:1 KAZ 5-10 Win
Classification 7-10 Q1: 2:0 Q2: 1:1, Q3: 2:2, Q4: 1:2 USA 6-5 Loss
Classification 9-10 Q1: 2:0, Q2: 3:4, Q3: 1:1, Q4: 2:2 CRO 8-7 Win
Final Placing 9 / 12

Sydney 2000 - Summer Olympic Games

Water Polo - Men
Preliminaries Q1: 1:2, Q2: 0:1, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 2:1 RUS 4-6 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 2:4, Q2: 3:2, Q3: 4:3, Q4: 2:2 KAZ 11-11 Draw
Preliminaries Q1: 1:4, Q2: 1:3, Q3: 2:3, Q4: 2:1 SVK 6-11 Win
Preliminaries Q1: 1:0, Q2: 1:2, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 0:2 ITA 5-6 Loss
Preliminaries Q1: 0:2, Q2: 2:1, Q3: 3:2, Q4: 2:2 ESP 7-7 Draw
Quarter Final Q1: 1:2, Q2: 0:2, Q3: 1:2, Q4: 1:1 YUG 3-7 Loss
Classification 5-8 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 2:0, Q4: 2:0 ITA 8-4 Loss
Classification 7-8 Q1: 2:2, Q2: 2:2, Q3: 4:2, Q4: 2:2 CRO 10-8 Loss
Final Placing 8 / 12