Zagreb, 20 March 2013 - In February this year first Croatian candidates – one as top Olympic candidates and the others as potential A candidates - were put on the list of potential participants at the XXXI Olympics that will be held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Among the top candidates are the winners of Olympic medals at the Olympics in Beijing 2008 and the Olympics in London 2012, and they are classified into gold, silver and bronze medal candidates, depending on the type of medal won. Potential A candidates do not have medals, but most of them had either great performance at the Games or they were put on the list thanks to their high position in the world rankings and medals won at the European Championships. Anyway, both of them will have to confirm their status in 2014, at the new, demanding international sports competitions. Of course - in the end - only those who will qualify and meet the standards and criteria established by the International Olympic Committee, in accordance with international sports federations of Olympic sports, as well as the criteria of the Croatian Olympic Committee foreseen by the project Rio Olympics 2016, will compete at the Olympics.

In the group of top Olympic gold candidates are the winners of gold medals from London - Sandra Perkovic (discus throwing), Giovanni Cernogoraz (trap) and men’s water polo team with 15 athletes. In the group of top Olympic silver candidates are: Blanka Vlasic (high jump) and Filip Ude (pommel horse) with Olympics in Beijing 2008, and rower’s foursome Valent Sinkovic, Martin Sinkovic, David Sain and Damir Martin, with silver from London.

And finally, in the group of top Olympic bronze candidates are: Snjezana Pejcic (archery) with a medal from Beijing 2008, Lucija Zaninovic (taekwondo) and men’s handball team, eighteen of them, with medals from London. From January 1st 2013, on the list of potential A Olympic candidates are Marijana Miskovic and Tomislav Marjanovic(judo), Ivan Kljakovic Gaspic (sailing/Finn), Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic (sailing/class 470), Tonci Stipanovic (sailing/Laser), Bojan Durkovic, Anton Glasnovic and Josip Glasnovic (archery) and Ruiwu Tan (table tennis).

Anyway, since 1992 Croatian athletes won 23 medals at the Summer Olympic Games - 6 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze (Barcelona: 1 silver, 2 bronze; Atlanta: 1 gold, 1 silver; Sydney: 1 gold, 1 bronze, Athens: 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze; Beijing: 2 silver, 3 bronze; London: 3 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze).