Minsk, June 23, 2019 – The Croatian representatives at the second European Games in Minsk (June 21-30) finished the third day of competitions by winning two medals. The historical gold was won by Lucija Babić in Sambo, after beating the Ukrainian Kateryna Moskalova with a convincing 4-0 in the finals. In the quarterfinals, Babić defeated the Belarusian Namazava with 3-0 and in the semifinals the Moldova’s Budeanu with 3-2. Since it is a sport typical for the former Soviet Union states (Sambo is a combination of several martial arts, and in translation from the Russian reads: Self-defense without weapons), the success of the Croatian athlete is to be extremely valued.
The second medal won at the European Games comes also from martial arts. Judoka Barbara Matić won bronze in the category -70 kg. After eliminating the Belgian Taeymans and the Greek Teltsidou with ippons, she was defeated in the third round by France’s Gahie, winning finally a bronze medal in winner’s repechage against the Irish Fletcher. In the final performance, worthy of European bronze, was better than Polish Daria Pogorzelec. Dino-Dominic Sumpor (category -74 kg) was also near the medal in Sambo, but he was defeated in the fight for bronze by the Belarusian Stsiapan with close 1-2. Judoka Dominik Družeta was defeated in the category -81 kg at the beginning of the competition by the Italian Parlati. Karla Prodan (-78 kg), Ivana Šutalo (+78 kg) and Zlatko Kumrić (-100 kg) shall perform on Monday. The archers Amanda Mlinarić and Mario Vavro were in the medal zone of recurved bow’ team part, but they ended up missing only one lap-round for bronze. In Women’s Individuals Recurve Vavro reached the Round of 16 of the finals (June 27th), while our representatives in Individual Compound - Tihana Kovačić and Matija Mihalić – will perform on Monday in the Round of 32.
During the morning continuation of reaching the qualification standards, one of our best shooters in Trap Giovanni Cernogoraz took the fourth place and entered thus the finals. However, it wasn’t his day in the fight for medals - Cernogoraz ended up as the sixth. Our second ace in Trap - Anton Glasnović – performed better than the day before but lacked two “pigeons” to enter the finals, ending up the tenth in total rankings.
On Monday we will have a double program in Shooting - Marta Zeljković (first group at 8 a.m.) and Snježana Pejčić (second group at 10 a.m.) performing in 10 M Air Rifle performed by, followed by noon performances of Miran Maričić and Petar Gorša. The finals shall take place in the early afternoon. Boxer Toni Filipi reached the Heavyweight quarterfinals after defeating the Irish Anthony Browne (4-1). Filipi is only one victory away from a bronze medal, which he could achieve on Tuesday in a duel with Hungary's Ádám Hámori. In Men’s Light Welterweight 64 kg Erik Pijetraj finished his performance by being defeated in the second round by the Italian Di Lerni (0-5). Monday brings the performance of our sole female boxer at the European Games - Sara Beram will fight against the Belarusian Bruyevich. Our male cycling triptych performed in Men’s Road Race (180 km) - Viktor Potočki finished 90th, Antonio Barac 100th and Filip Kvasina 108th in the competition of 136 cyclists.
Table tennis players successfully finished the third round of individual competition. Andrej Gaćina defeated the France’s Simon with 4-3 and Tomislav Pucar the Ukrainian Prinaba with 4-1. (CNOC/VK)