SZOMBATHELY, 25 June 2008 – Young Croatian athletes under the age of 16 have returned from the 13th Alps-Adriatic Summer Youth Games, which took place in Szombathely, Hungary. The Croatian team won a record number of 45 medals: 15 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze ones.

SZOMBATHELY, 25 June 2008 – Young Croatian athletes under the age of 16 have returned from the 13th Alps-Adriatic Summer Youth Games, which took place in Szombathely, Hungary. The Croatian team won a record number of 45 medals: 15 gold, 14 silver and 16 bronze ones. Among their peers from Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, the promising young Croatian athletes managed to win six medals more than at the previous Games in Kaposvar; there had been no such „flood“ of medals even in the generations when Duje Draganja, Blanka Vlasic and numerous other top Croatian athletes participated in the Games. The absolute heroes of the last day were the basketball players, who defeated the favoured Slovenian team with 70:64 (32:32) in the most attractive event of the whole Games. Athletics continued the stream of medals: 4 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze ones. Maja Pecaric from the town of Djakovo won two gold medals: in the 1500m and 800m (2:12.64). Marko Padovan in the 200m, Mario Blaskovic in the shot put and the men's 4x100m relay team Horvat, Padovan, Tojcic and Pervan also won gold. Pervan also won the silver medal in the long jump with 7.10 metres, as did Romana Tea Kirinic in the 200m, Matea Parlov in the 5000m and the women's 4x100m relay team Paradzikovic, Pokos, Kirinic and Loncarek. Matea Baricevic won the bronze medal in the high jump, as did Andrijana Vunic in the shot put, Ante Prsa in the 800m and Josip Debogovic in the hammer throw. Swimmers were also excellent; they won two gold, three silver and five bronze medals. Dujam Sablic won gold in the 200m individual medley, as did the men's 4x100m medley relay team Muzek, Kristo, Sablic and Hrvoje Capan, who also won silver in the 200m freestyle. Mateo Muzek won the silver medal in the 200m backstroke, as did Ivan Capan in the 100m breaststroke, while Karla Sitic won bronze in the 200m freestyle, Kresimir Krmek in the 100m butterfly, Marijela Brajevic in the 100m butterfly, Nikolina Sabo in the 200m individual medley, and the women's 4x100m medley relay team. The women’s volleyball team, led by coach Damir Jurak, won the silver medal after closely losing the final game to the Slovenian team with 3:2.