Buenos Aires, October 7, 2018 - As early as on the first day of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (October 6th-18th, 2018), Croatia has two medals. The brilliant young judoka Ana Viktorija Puljiz won the first Croatian bronze medal in the category of up to 44 kg.


In a fight for the third place, the 16-year-old Solin native has convincingly beaten Argentina's Rojas. Prior to that, in the qualifying rounds and in quarterfinals, she was better than the Nepal’s Bhatta and Azerbaijan’s Karimova, and in the semifinals she was defeated by India’s Thangjam.
"I'm still not aware of the medal I have won and, even though I‘ m worth gold, I am happy with the bronze as well", said the Solin native.
In this way, Puljiz rounded up a very successful year, in which she has first won the European Cadet silver, followed by last month’s Junior silver at the European Championships in Sofia. Furthermore, at the beginning September, she was presented the Croatian Olympic Committee’s award Dražen Petrović as the Greatest Hope of Croatian Sports in the previous 365 days.
After judoka Ana Viktorija Puljiz, another bronze at the Olympic Youth Games in Buenos Aires came from martial arts. Taekwondoka Lena Stojković took a place at the winning pedestal in the category of up to 44 kg. In the semifinals she was beaten by the representative of the Taekwondo homeland – South Korea’s Kang. However, she entered the semi-finals by beating the Turkey’s Gogebakan ensuring the bronze medal for the Croatian athlete.
- My feelings are mixed - pride, happiness and a little sadness. I'm angry at myself because I needed just a bit more to enter the finals, but this is a collection of experience and will help me with future competitions - said the young Split native, a member of the taekwondo club Marjan.

Unfortunately, our Josip Teskera was defeated already in the beginning by the Russian Šiško in the category of up to 48 kg.
Table tennis player Andrea Pavlović started with two defeats in a single Youth Olympics tournament, with North Korean Pyon and Japanese Hirano being better than her.
Swimming competitions started as well, but our representatives failed to compete for the semifinals. In Women’s 50 m Breaststroke, Nika Čulina placed the sixth in her group and Lucija Šulenta placed the eighth in Women’s 100 m Backstroke.

Both of our rowing coxless pairs entered the second round of the competition - the Lončarić brothers placed the third, while Izabela Krakić and Aria Cvitanović placed the ninth in the group.
After two sailing races, the sailor Palma Cargo placed ninth in the discipline of Windsurfer - Techno 293+.
The sailors will be competing on Monday (besides Palma Cargo, Martin Dolenc in kiteboarding IKA Twin Tip), male and female rowers and swimmers (Karačić, Čulina and Šulenta), table tennis player Pavlović as well as both beach handball teams. (COC/vk)
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