RIO DE JANEIRO, August 9, 2016 (Hina) - On the third day of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Josip Glasnović has won gold in Trap, Marin Čilić advanced to the next round of Tennis Tournament, the Croatian water polo team defeated Montenegro with 8-7, while the Croatian sailors achieved a perfect start in their competition.
Croatian shooter Josip Glasnović secured the first medal for Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, by winning gold in Trap. After the additional shoot-off in the finalsm Glasnović was more successful than Giovanni Pellielo of Italy, defeating him with 17-16. After the gold medal match finished with both Glasnović and Pellielo tied at 13 of 15 hits, the gold had to be decided in the shoot-off, where Glasnović stayed very calm. By this, Glasnović has "followed the footsteps" of another Croatian Olympic Team member Giovanni Cernogoraz, who has won gold in this discipline four years ago in London. At that time, Cernogoraz has won gold medal also in the shoot-off against another Italian, Massimo Fabbrizi. Today, while defending his title, Cernogoraz finished in 9th place with 116 hits in the qualifying rounds. For Pellielo, this is his third Olympic silver, after Athens Olympics in 2004 and Beijing Olympics in 2008, while at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000 he has won bronze. The bronze medal has been won by Great Britain's Edward Ling, who was better than the Czech David Kostelecky with 13-9.
The best Croatian tennis player Marin Čilić defeated a little-known Radu Albot of Moldova in the second round with 6-3, 6-4. In the next round, Čilić will play against Gael Monfils of France, who has defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil with 6-2, 6-4. Čilić and Monfils have so far played only once against each other - in 2009 at the Masters in Paris where the French tennis player took the victory with 2-1 in sets.
The Croatian sailors have had a great first day at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - Tonči Stipanović leads in Men’s Laser, Tina Mihelić took the 11th place in Women’s Laser Radial, and Luka Mratović is in the 14th place in Men’s RS: X. Tomorrow Ivan Kljaković Gašpić shall also start in Men’s Finn. Tonči Stipanović opened the competition in an excellent way, by winning in the first race of Men’s Laser and then by finishing fifth in the second one. In Women’s Laser Radial, Tina Mihelić also did a good race, however, a penalty she got in the first race due to the unallowed speeding of her dinghy down the wind costed her loosing many places, finishing thus as nineteenth. The third place in the second race was really soothing.
In the Group B 2nd round of the Olympic Water Polo Tournament, the Croatian team has defeated Montenegro with 8-7 (2-2, 2-1, 1-2, 3-2). In the uncertain final, the winning goal was performed by Luka Bukić in the last eight seconds of the match. Sandro Sukno, Luka Lončar and Luka Bukić were leading the Croatian team with two goals, including the goalscorers Damir Burić and Maro Joković. In the Montenegrin team, the most effective were Darko Brguljan and Mladan Janović with two goals. Croatia and Italy are leading in rankings with four points, followed by Montenegro and Spain with two points each, while France and the United States are at the bottom with no points. In the third round, scheduled for August 10th, the following matches shall take place: Croatia - Spain, Montenegro - Italy and France - USA.
Luka Mratović somewhat surprised in Men’s RS: X. In three races he had a really great performance, and if there was no change in the wind direction in the last race, which threw him from the sixth place into the 15th, he could have taken one of the top ten places, which would have been really great. However, the 14th place, which he holds after three races is more than good and represents his best performance so far in the Olympic Regattas, this one being the third in a row. Today he took the 13th, 11th and 15th place.
The only Croatian table tennis player in Rio, Andrej Gaćina, did not manage to qualify for the next round by loosing unexpectedly to Paul Drinkhall of Great Britain with 2-4 (11-8, 10-12, 9-11, 8-11, 11-5, 8 -11) in the third round. For Gaćina, this was his first match in Rio, because he was free in the first two rounds.
Croatian shooter Peter Gorša took the seventh place in the finals of 10 m Air Rifle. In the qualifying rounds, Gorša took the third place, and set out really well into the finals. After the first three hits, he took the fifth place and after six hits, he took the fourth place. However, then he got into trouble and in the end he was seventh. For this 28-year-old Bjelovar native, this was his first appearance in the finals in his third appearance at the Olympics after ending up in 37th place in Beijing in 2008 and in 43rd place in London in 2012. Gold has been won by Italy's Niccolò Camprianiwith 206.1 hits in the finals, while Serhiy Kulish of Ukraine settled with the second place with 204.6 hits and Vladimir Maslennikov of Russia with the third place with 184.2 hits.