Zagreb, 27 December 2020 - Judoka Barbara Matić and captain of the Croatian national male handball team Domagoj Duvnjak are the best Croatian athletes in individual competition of the 69th Sport News’ (SN) poll, while the female and male handball team are both team and team laureates.

Judoka Barbara Matić became the first martial arts athlete to win the SN trophy in the competition with another national team member, colleague Karla Prodan, winner of bronze medal at the European Judo Championships in Prague, the best Croatian tennis player Petra Martić and holder of world record in diving Mirela Kardašević.

Domagoj Duvnjak, the second handball player - after Ivano Balić in 2007 – who was proclaimed the Athlete of the Year, earned his first Sport News trophy as the Most Valuable (MVP) Player of the 2020 EHF European Men's Handball Championship Austria-Norway-Sweden. His competitors for the award were member of national football team Ivan Perišić, Triple Crown winner with Bayern, Croatia's top skier Filip Zubčić, bronze medalist at the World Laser Championships, sailor Tonči Stipanović and three European gymnastics champions Tin Srbić, Filip Ude and Aurel Benović.

Regarding the Croatian female handball players, they won – for the third time in history – the trophy for the best Croatian team, thanks to the historic bronze medal at the European Women’s Handball Championship in Denmark. Handball clubs RK Podravka and RK Lokomotiva, Split’s female football players and volleyball players of the club Mladost, were also nominated for the Best Team of the Year.

Croatian national male handball team, winners of silver medal at the European Men’s Handball Championships in January 2020, won the trophy for the Team of the Year - for the sixth time – in competition with the European rowing champions Martin and Valent Sinković, sailors Mihovil and Šime Fantela, winners of bronze at the European Championships, and Croatian national water polo team, fourth-ranked at the European Championships.

There were 287 journalists from 52 newsrooms participating in the SN’s 69th selection of the best female/male athletes.

The Croatian Olympic Committee (HOO) congratulates all SN trophy winners in 2020! (Croatian News Agency/NOC of Croatia)