RIO DE JANEIRO, August 13, 2016 (Hina) - Seventh day of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro was marked by the victory of the Croatian Olympic Water Polo Team Rio 2016 over Italy, Damir Martin’s advancement into the Men’s Single Sculls finals, excellent performances of the sailors Tonči Stipanović in Men’s Laser, Šime Fantela and Igore Marenić in Men’s 470 and Tonci Stipanovic in the Laser, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenić in the 470 class, and Croatian Olympic debuts in Diving – performed by Marcela Marić and Weightlifting – performed by Amar Musić.
Martin advanced into the Men’s Single Sculls finals after winning the second place in his Group in semifinals with a time of 6: 59.43 minutes. The fastest in the first semifinal Group was the Czech Ondrej Synek (6: 58.43), while in the second Group was the best was Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand (7: 03.70). The final is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Croatian Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team Rio 2016 defeated Italy with 10-7 (1-1, 4-3, 3-2, 2-1) in the fourth round of the Olympic Tournament and leveled thus the score with Italians in the top rankings of the Group B with six points. Croatia was led to victory by Sandro Sukno with five goals, including three in the third quarter. Bušlje, Joković, Šetka, Bukić and Burić scored one goal each. This was Italy’s first defeat in the Tournament, while the top scorer of the Italian national team was Gallo with two goals. In the last, fifth round, Croatia will play against France in the match scheduled for Sunday, starting at 9:50 p.m. Croatian time.
Sailor Tonči Stipanović was first in Men’s Laser, Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are leading in Men’s 470. In the seventh and eight race, Stipanović took the 28th and 9th place and in total he is in the lead with 75 points. Scoring differences are very small, the second-positioned is Brazilian Robert Scheidt, while the third is the Australian Tom Burton. Tomorrow's two races shall determine the positions for the finals.
After fice races, Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are still holding the first place in Men’s 470. Today only one race took place, in which they were third. After eight races, Tina Mihelić took the 12th place in Women’s Laser Radial and tomorrow she is competing for top ten and finals. For the sailor Luka Mratović the race has come to the end and he ended up in the 24th place. Men’s 49er has started as well – after two races, Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupać are in the 15th place. After a day off, the sailor Ivan Kljaković Gašpić returns to the race, and for the time he holds the 7th place in Finn.
The first Croatian diver at the Olympic Games, young Zadar native Marcela Marić, failed to qualify for the semifinals in 3 m Springboard. In the qualifying rounds, she took the 25th place with 271.40 points, while eighteen best have advanced to the semifinals. The last, 18th place, that leads to the semifinals, was taken by Mexican Dolores Hernandez with 295.20 points. The best result in the qualifying round was achieved by the Canadian Jennifer Abel (373.00), winner of bronze at the London Olympics, followed by the Olympic Champion Chinese He Zi (367.05) who is defending her title won at the previous Olympic Games.
The only Croatian representative at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Weightlifting, 29-year-old Amar Musić, won the 15th place in Men’s -85 kg, lifting 336 kg in total. Musić, who was informed on his participation at the Olympics in Brazil only a couple of days ago, lifted 150 kg in snatch, and with one invalid attempt in clean & jerk, his score was 186 kg. Gold medal has been won by the Iranian Kianoush Rostami who raised 396 kg and set a new World Record.
Croatian shooter Petar Gorša failed to qualify in 50 m Rifle Prone, after taking the 20th place in the qualifying round. In the qualifying round, Gorša scored 621,9 points. For 28-year-old Gorša, winner of bronze medal at the European Championships, this is his third Olympic performance. Four days ago, he managed to advance into the finals of 10 m Air Rifle, ending up in the seventh place.