RIO DE JANEIRO, August 14, 2016 (Hina) - On the eighth day of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the rower Damir Martin won a silver medal in Men’s Single Sculls, after he missed the gold in a photo-finish for only seven hundredths of a second, while Tonči Stipanović secured at least a silver medal and the first Croatian medal in Sailing in Men’s Laser, with good prospects keep the first place in the race for medals.
Rower Damir Martin won a silver medal in Men’s Single Sculls after being beaten in a photo-finish by the defending Olympic champion Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand. With the last 500 meters to go, Drysdale had 80 hundredths of a second advantage over Martin, and this 28-year-old Vukovar native fought back and with a last couple of meters appeared to have edged it with Drysdale, having thus the title decided by a photo finish. Drysdale and Martin crossed the line at the same time, and the additional review footage resulted in awarding the gold medal to the 37-year-old New Zealander.
This is the third medal of Croatian athletes at the Rio Olympics, while the fourth is secured by the sailor Tonči Stipanović who will– in the race for medals scheduled for Monday - try to defend 10 points advantage over the second-placed Australian Tom Burton. Stipanović is the first Croatian sailor to win an Olympic medal, and - if he stays close to Burton on Monday and keep no more than five places lower than the Australian – he might become the Olympic Chamion. Ivan Kljaković Gašpić – after eight races holder of the fifth place in Men’s Finn - joined the race for the medals as well. Tina Mihelić finished the competition in Women’s Laser Radial in 13th place. After six races in Men’s 49er, Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupać are in the ninth place.
Croatian Men’s Olympic Handball Team Rio 2016 took in the uncertain final the victory over France 29-28 and secured advancement into the quarterfinals before the end of competing in groups, and the victory over Tunisia brings our team the first place. In the Croatian team, the most effective were Marko Kopljar with six and Zlatko Horvat and Manuel Štrlek with five goals, but the goalkeeper Ivan Pešić is to praised for this victory because, 10 seconds before the end of the match, he defended Michel Guigou’s (the best scorer in the match with 10 goals) seven-meter-throw.
Unfortunately, the Croatian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team Rio 2016 was defeated - in the ten ultimate round of the Group B - by Nigeria with 76-90, failing thus to advance to the quarterfinals. By winning in the last round against Lithuania on Tuesday at 3.30 p.m. Croatian time, the players selected by Aleksandar Petrović would avoid the fourth place in the Group B that leads to the USA team in the quarterfinals. The only player who was on the level of the task was Bojan Bogdanović who scored 28 points. The Nigerians have scored as many as 17 three-pointers, led by Umeh with 19 goals, including six three-pointers.
Boxer Filip Hrgović successfully started his debut at the Olympic Games in the Super-Heavyweight. In the Round of 16, this current European Champion won on points against Ali Eren Demirezen of Turkey and advanced into the quarterfinals where on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) he will compete against the Cuban Leinier Pero.
Unfortunately, the Croatian representatives in athletics failed in their field. The Croatian record holder in Pole Vault, Ivan Horvat from Osijek, jumped only the initial 5.30 meters, dislodging the bar three times at 5.45 meters and ending up in the 27th place in the competition of 29 athletes.