RIO DE JANEIRO, August 12, 2016 (Hina) - Sixth day of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro brought another gold medal for Croatia, won by the rowers Martin and Valent Sinković in Men’s Double Sculls, while it was a good day for both handball - victory over Denmark with 27-24, and basketball team – victory over Brazil with 80-76.
The brothers Martin and Valent Sinković confirmed their a-couple-of-years lasting dominance in Double Sculls with Olympic gold in a thrilling race in which the Croatian and Lithuanian crew separated from the very beginning of the same. Brothers Sinković kept a slight advantage up to 1200 meters, but then they were surpassed by the Lithuanians Mindaugas Griskošis and Saulius Ritter, who have had - after 1500 meters - a 66 hundredths of a second advantage. But in the last 500 meters of the race, the brothers Sinković seemed to have sit in the speedboat, surpassing the Lithuanians without any problems and eventually winning by 11 hundredths of a second advantage. The Lithuanians Griškonis and Ritter had to settle for silver, while bronze went to Norwegians Kjetil Borch and Olaf Tufte.
The brothers Martin and Valent Sinković have thus added to the silver medal - won at the London Olympics four years ago in Quadruple Sculls with Damir Šain and Damir Martin – the most shiny, gold one won in Brazil in Double Sculls. Since performing together in Double Sculls, as of June 2014, the brothers Sinković achieved victories in 29 races in a row at major competitions, starting from the qualification rounds to the finals. Brothers Sinković have won the second gold medal for Croatia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro after Josip Glasnović has won one in Trap.
Croatian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team Rio 2016 achieved the second victory in Rio de Janeiro, by defeating the host Brazil with 80-76 (19-17, 22-14, 18-19, 21-26) in the Group B third round. Croatia was led to victory by Bojan Bogdanović with 33 points, Dario Šarić added 15, while in the Brazilian team, the most effective were Leandro Barbosa with 16 and Marquinhos with 12 hits. After three rounds, Croatia has a ratio of 2-1 and it is close to entering the quarterfinals, while Brazil fell to 1-2 ratio. Croatia will play in the fourth round against Nigeria on Sunday at 3:30 a.m. Croatian time.
Croatian Men’s Olympic Handball Team Rio 2016 defeated Denmark with 27-24 (15-12) in the match of the Group A third round. Domagoj Duvnjak with eight goals was the most effective Croatian player, while Lasse Svan with nine hits was the best Danish player. Both teams now have four points each. Croatia will play in the fourth round against France on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Croatian time.
After four races, Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are leading in Men’s 470, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić is seventh after six races in Finn and Luka Mratović is 23rd after nine RS:X races. The strength showed so far by Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić in the regatta duos is extremely convincing. In the first race on Thursday they were the fourth, and in the second one they won with an advantage of more than a minute. The difference in points is minimal at the top, it's still quite early in regatta. The Australians in the second place have three more negative points, while the Greeks Mantis and Kagialis in the third place have five negative points. Only one race can fully reverse all. Finn sailors were sailing in physically very demanding conditions, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić was eighth and seventh and in total he is in the seventh place. Giles Scott of Great Britain is in leadership. The RS:X sailors did nine races and Luka Mratović is in the 23rd place.
Matea Samardžić took the 15th place in the semifinal race in Women's 200 m Backstroke at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Samardžić, who has qualified for semifinals with 15th place in the qualification round, repeated her place in the second round even though she achieved for 68 hundredths of a second better time. In the semifinals, Samardžić swam 2: 09.83 minutes, while in the qualification round she achieved time of 2: 10:51 minutes. For the performance in the finals, Samardžić had to swim a second faster, because the seventh place was shared by Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir of Iceland and Daria Ustinova of Russia with 2: 08.84. The performance in Women's 200 m Backstroke was the third Samardžić’s performance in Rio, and she is so far in the 17th place in Women's 400 m Individual Medley and 13th in Women's 100 m Backstroke. The fastest in the semifinals was the Hungarian Katinka Hosszú with 2: 03.06, followed by the Canadian Hilary Caldwell with 2: 17.07 and American Madeline DiRado with 2: 07:53.
Mario Todorović failed to qualify for the semifinals in 50 m Freestyle. In the qualifying round, this 27-year-old Korčula native swam 22.65 seconds, which was enough for 40th place. However, even if he swam at the level of his personal record (22:44), he would not be even close to entering the top 16, where the last place was taken by the Romanian Norbert Trandafir with 22.10.
Croatia no longer has any representatives in Tennis Tournament in Rio de Janeiro after Marin Čilić was defeated in the round of 16 by Gael Monfils of France with 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6. It was an exhausting and levelled match between the 14th and 11th Player of the World, in which the victory after almost two and a half hours went to the better ranked Monfils.
World record holder in 50 m Rifle Three Positions Snježana Pejčić failed to qualify for the finals of this discipline. In the qualifying round, she took a disappointing 12th place with 580 points. Another Croatian female shooter Tanja Perec also did not manage to enter the finals and remained in the 29th place with 572 points.