Zagreb, november 22, 2016. -The leading figure of the Croatian and world handball, triple Olympic athlete and holder of two Olympic gold medals (Olympic Games Seoul 1988 and Atlanta 1996) Iztok Puc, got his memorial plaque unveiled on November 22 in Zagreb, in front of the sports hall “Kutija šibica".
This handball player, who died in 2011 after a long illness (46 years old), played for three teams – he was a member of the team that won a gold medal for Yugoslavia at the Olympic Games in Seoul, then at the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 he has won the second Olympic gold as member of the Croatian Olympic Team, while in Slovenia, where he was born, he has won the eighth place at the Olympic Games in Sydney.
He performed 65 times for the Croatian Olympic Handball Team, and in addition to the Olympic gold, he has won a silver medal at the World Championships in 1995 and bronze at the European Championships in 1994. For his contribution to the Croatian sports, he was presented the Red Danice Hrvatske (Order of the Croatian Morningstar) with figure of Franjo Bučar, and in 1996 he was presented the State Award for Sport Franjo Bučar. In memory of a great man and a true athlete, the Croatian and Slovene Olympic Committees and the Croatian and Slovene Handball Federations founded in 2013 a common award for young talented handball players, the award "Iztok Puc".