RIO DE JANEIRO, August 11, 2016 (Hina) - On the fifth day of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the most brilliant performances were those of the Croatian sailors, holders of leading positions in two disciplines – Tonči Stipanović is the first among Men’s Laser sailors, while Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić opened the competition in Men’s 470 by winning the first and second place.
Fantela and Marenić had an excellent start in dinghy competition and by winning the first and second place in the second race, they have convincingly taken the top of the overall rankings in Men’s 470 with six points advantage over Belcher and Ryan of Australia. In tight competition among Laser sailors, by winning the sixth place in the fifth and seventh in the sixth race, held this Wednesday, Tonči Stipanović returned again to the top rankings, with nine points advantage over Nick Thompson of Great Britain and 11 over Rutger van Schaardenburg of Netherlands.
After six races in Radial, Tina Mihelić is the ninth, while Ivan Kljaković Gašpić is the ninth in Men’s Finn after four races. On Thursday, the Laser sailors have a day off, while all the others are competing. 'Lasers' have a day of rest, rest sail. Among others, the RS:X sailors will compete again, with Luka Mratović - after six races in the 18th place - in the competition of 36 sailors.
Other performances of Croatian athletes on Wednesday and during the wee small hours of Thursday morning, will not be remembered as good. In their so far worst performance at Rio Olympics, Croatian Olympic Water Polo Team Rio 2016 was defeated by Spain with convincing 4-9 (0-2, 1-2, 2-1, 1-4) in the match of the Group B third round. The Spanish national team took advantage of all the weaknesses that the Croatians showed in this match, and apart from the matches against Serbia, Croatia has not demonstrated such an offensive weakness for a long time – the same that caused their first defeat at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Spanish water polo player Echenique was by far the best player of the match with four goals, while in the Croatian team Sukno, Bušlje, Joković and former Spanish national team player Xavi Garcia score one goal each. With four points, Croatia is the third in the Group, and in the next match, scheduled for August 12th, the players selected by Ivica Tucak will compete against the so far undefeated Italy.
Judoka Barbara Matic was defeated in the first round of the Middleweight category (70 kg) by the Puerto Rican María Pérez. Wazari that took place during the match was crucial.
Boxer Hrvoje Sep failed to qualify for quarterfinals in Light-Heavyweight (81 kg) after being defeated in the Round of 16 by Michel Borges of Brazil with unanimous decision of the judges 0-3 (28-29, 28-29, 28-29).
Marin Čilić, who was supposed to play a round of sixteen against Gael Monfils of France, did not manage to come to the field because the whole tennis program was postponed due to rain. Čilić and Monfils should play the third match on the field 1 this Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Croatian time.