ZAGREB, August 17, 2016 (Hina/Coc) – Tuesday, August 17, has brought excellent results of Croatian athletes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Sandra Perković defended her gold in Discus Throw, Tonči Stipanović has won silver in Men’s Laser, while the medals are guaranteed for Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić in Men’s 470 and for the boxer Filip Hrgović in the category +91 kg.
Most turbulent day in the history of Croatian sport started with Sandra Perković who was, at first, on the edge of dropping out, and then, in the third attempt she threw the discus right to the Olympic gold. The Olympic champion defended her title with only one correct throw, thrown in the third attempt. The first and second attempt were unsuccessful, ending up in the protective net the same way as in the qualifying round, when the first two throws were unsuccessful. But in the third attempt she threw 69.21 meters and took the leading position.
Sandra’s success was followed by Filip Hrgović’s great boxing show, where Filip – after hard knockout against Leinier Pero of Cuba in the quarterfinals - advanced to the semifinals of the Olympic tournament in Super-Heavyweight. The current European champion Hrgović knocked down Pero three times, having Pero – after a hard right-hand-hit near the end of the second round – not being able to recover and the judge had to stop the fight. With this victory, Hrgović brought Croatia the first Olympic medal in Boxing since its independence.
Tonči Stipanović failed to defend the first place in the race for medals, but he has won a silver medal in Men’s Laser. On the eve of the final race, Stipanović was in the lead with 10 negative points advantage over the Australian Tom Burton. However, the Croatian sailor missed the gold for two points in the overall rankings.
Before the final race for the medals, Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić area in the lead in Men’s 470 and they are guaranteed winners of at least bronze medal. On the eve of the final race, Fantela and Marenić have 40 points more than the fourth-positioned Americans Stuart McNay and Dave Hughes, and the race for medals, one can get up to max. 20 points. Fantela and Marenić are in the lead with 27 points.
Ivan Kljaković Gašpić failed to defend the third place in Men’s Finn in the race for medals, in which he came the last, winning eventually the fifth place. Kljaković Gašpić had a large delay of 37 points behind the leading Gilles Scott of the Great Britain, who has won, while the second-positioned Vasilj Žbogar of Slovenia was ahead of him with 13 points. On the other hand, the advantage of our sailor over the American Caleb Paine and Max Salminen of Sweden was five points.
In quarterfinals, the Croatian Olympic Water Polo Team Rio 2016 defeated Brazil with 10-6 (3-2, 4-1, 1-3, 2-0) and will play in the semifinals against Montenegro. In the Croatian team, the most effective were Maro Jokovic and Javier Garcia with three goals, while the goalkeeper Marko Bijač counts 15 defenses.
Besides Sandra Perković, two more Croatian athletes were successful on Tuesday - Sara Kolak advanced to the Javelin Throw finals by throwing a new Croatian record of 64.30 meters in the qualifying round, while Andrea Ivančević advanced to the semifinals in 100 meter Hurdles with time of 12.90, only three hundredths of a second less than her and the Croatian record.