Zagreb, September 10th, 2013 - At a ceremony on the occasion of the Croatian Olympic Day in the Museum and Memorial Center "Drazen Petrovicâ€ť in Zagreb, held on September 10th, gifted young athletes and teams were awarded for outstanding sports results and development.
Zagreb, September 10th, 2013 - At a ceremony on the occasion of the Croatian Olympic Day in the Museum and Memorial Center “Drazen Petrovic” in Zagreb, held on September 10th, gifted young athletes and teams were awarded for outstanding sports results and development. Ana Konjuh was born in 1997 in Dubrovnik; in 2012 she won the match - in Orange Bowl in Key Biscayne – one of the most prestigious junior tennis tournaments, then a junior tournament Eddie Herr. That same year she performed in doubles (with the Swiss Belinda Bencic) in the finals of junior doubles at Wimbledon. In January 2013 she won twice the Junior Grand Slam tournament Australian Open, in singles and doubles competition, with which she takes the first place in the ITF world rankings up to 18 years of age. In February 2013 she debuted for Croatia’s Fed Cup team, bringing three wins in singles and one in doubles. The first ITF tournament Konjuh won in June 2013 in Montpellier, and her second Junior Grand Slam tournament in singles she won at the U.S. Open in September 2013.
The award that bears the name of Drazen Petrovic, in memory of one of the world’s best players and holder of three Olympic medals (Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona 1992), was presented in the category of the most successful sportswomen to the tennis player Ana Konjuh, who was also proclaimed the greatest hope of Croatian sports.
Athlete Matija Greguric most successful young athlete, a sailor Dominik Perkovic greatest hope Croatian Sports. The most successful sports pair in doubles competition, relays and crews in 2013 was the kayaking relay in the composition of Luke Obadic, Jadran Zonjic and Ivan Tolic. Award winners in the category of the most successful women’s team is the younger junior bowling team composed of Klara Sedlar, Mirna Bosak, Milan Pavlic, Ana Jambrovic, Valentina Pavlakovic and Helena Bolic.
In the category of the most successful male team, the award went to the junior water polo team members: Ivan Marcelic, Luka Bukic, Marko Macan, Antun Goreta, Loren Fatovic, Marino Cagalj, Andrija Basic, Antonio Buha, Ante Viskovic, Ivan Zivkovic, Ante Vukicevic, Luka Lozina and Andro Gagulic.
The prestigious COC award for young athletes in support of future sports endeavors (selected by a committee consisting of: Dubravko Simenc, Martina Zubcic, Tamara Boros (Croatian Olympians Club ), Ana-Marija Celan, Natko Zrncic - Dim and Istvan Varga (Athletes’ commission of the COC); Iva Perdec Augustic, Romana Caput Jogunica and Vinko Knezevic (Croatian Sports Journalists Association ), Sanda Corak, Branimir Basic and Miho Glavic (COC Council), and chairman and President of the Committee, the representative of “Sports News” Zvonimir Boban, was presented by the mother of the deceased Drazen in the presence of the heads of the COC Mr. Zlatko Matesa and Josip Cop, Zagreb Mayor Mr. Milan Bandic and other notables of public and sports life.
Matija Greguric , born on September 17th in Zabok, is the world champion in the competition of younger juniors in 2013 in hammer throwing (79.38). Guided by the coaching skills of one of the greatest Croatian athletics expert Ivan Ivancic, with this result the young athlete broke the 11-year-old Croatian record for younger juniors . On this year’s tables of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) he is third in his competition class, and the first on the European ranking (EAA).