RIO DE JANEIRO, August 16, 2016 (Hina) - Croatian sailor Tonči Stipanović failed to defend the first place in the race for medals at the Olympics in Rio, and in the end he has won a silver medal in Men’s Laser.
Even though he did not manage to win gold, Stipanović can be proud because he has won the first Olympic medal in the history of the Croatian sailing.
In the eve of the final race, Stipanović was leading with a ten-point buffer on the Australian Tom Burton. With already guaranteed silver, the only goal in the race for a gold medal was to follow the Australian and not let him get away.
Unfortunately, the final race happened in the worst possible way due to the penalty the jury has given to Stipanović before the start. Namely, Stipanović touched the Australian and got the penalty, starting after all the other competitors. In the end, Burton finished third and Stipanović ninth. Gold goes to Australia and silver to Split. Third place went to the New Zealander Sam Meech. The Croatian sailor failed to win gold for two points in the overall ranking.
Besides Stipanović, the Croatian Olympic Sailing Team in Rio counts so far the first place of the crew in 470 Šime Fantela / Igor Marenić, and third place of Ivan Kljaković Gašpić in Finn. Kljaković-Gašpić will participate in the race for medals, while our crew in 470 could provide a medal as well, maybe even a gold one.