Tokyo, 30 July 2021 - In the historic all-Croatian finals of Men's Tennis Doubles, Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić won Olympic gold medal, the third for Croatia at the Tokyo Olympics, while after an excellent and tense final match, the silver medal went to our second pair - Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig.
The first seeds of the Olympic tournament, also the World’s Best Tennis Pair, won 2-1 in sets (6-4, 3-6, 10-6) for the 14th Croatian Olympic gold medal won at the Summer Olympics since the Croatian independence.
The first Olympic gold medal for Croatia was won by handball players in Atlanta in 1996 and the second by weightlifter Nikolai Pešalov four years later in Sydney.
Handball players have also won gold medal in Athens in 2004, followed by three gold medals won at the London Olympics. Sandra Perković triumphed in Discus Throw, Giovanni Cernogoraz in Trap, as well as the water polo players. The most successful so far were the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, where Croatian athletes have won five gold medals. They were won by Sandra Perković, brothers Sinković, Sara Kolak, Josip Glasnović, Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić. Only the Summer Olympics in Barcelona in 1992 and Beijing in 2008 passed without gold medals for Croatian athletes.
In Tokyo, Croatia has currently three gold medals won by Matea Jelić (Taekwondo), Martin and Valent Sinković (Rowing) and Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić (Tennis). Our athletes have won a total of six medals - besides three gold medals, they also won one silver and two bronze medals. (NOC of Croatia)