Rijeka, March 17, 2019 - At the Team State Championships in Rijeka, sixteen-year-old swimmer from Split’s club Adriatic Franko Grgić reached the Olympic standard for performance at the Tokyo Olympics next year. In addition, by winning in 1500 M Freestyle Grgić improved the Croatian record (with 14: 56.55), as well as the best personal result to date. At the same time, he is the first Croat to swim the said route in less than 15 minutes. The result of the career and achieved Olympic standard at the age of 17 will certainly be a new "wind in the back" to the perspective Split’s swimmer.

The former owner of the Croatian 1500 meters record, Grgić's club mate and friend Marin Mogić improved his own record in 400 m freestyle for more than a second. Both excellent young swimmers are trained by the coach Mate Ružić. The new challenge and at the same time the opportunity for new Olympic standards for Croatian swimming stars will be the July’s World Championships in the South Korean city of Gwangju.

The Croatian NOC congratulates Franko Grgić on the Olympic standard for Tokyo, with the wish that other members of the perspective swimming generation join him at the Games in the Japanese capital. (coc/vk)