Tokyo, August 3, 2021 - In the Olympic finals in Men’s Horizontal Bar, Croatia's top gymnast Tin Srbić won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics with an excellent exercise, tying thus the score with the one achieved by Filip Ude at the Beijing Olympics 2008.
World Champion from World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal in 2017, silver medalist from the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart in 2019, and two-time silver medalist at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships (in 2019 and 2020) reached thus – in his debut Olympic appearance - his first Olympic medal.
- There are probably words to describe this success, but I don't know how to express them right now. It's going to take me a while to realize that after 20 years of training every, but literally every day, it all paid off with this medal. I was dreaming of Olympics since I was a boy, and it will take time for everything to settle down - said Tin in his first impressions after winning silver.
Let us remind you, he entered the finals after placing the third in the qualifications with an excellent exercise – with a start of 6.2 and final score of 14,633. However, he was preparing his strongest exercise for the finals - with a start of 6.5, announcing that he was going for all-or-nothing. The risk paid off and his brilliant performance brought him silver.
- I was planning this exercise exactly for the finals. I wanted to try it out at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, and even earlier, but every time I suffered an injury. There are no regrets about gold, one should not be greedy, this is a million times more than I dreamed I would achieve at the Olympics - concluded Olympic Champion Tin Srbić.
Only Japan's Daiki Hashimoto, who was the best in qualifications, was better than him. In the finals, he won gold with a score of 15,066, while the bronze went to Russia's Nikita Nagornyy with 14,533. For the 19-year-old Japanese, it was the second gold in Tokyo after being the best in All-Around as well. Tin Srbić had only one word to describe him: miracle!
Tin Srbić's success in Horizontal Bar is the eighth medal for Croatia at the Tokyo Olympics and third silver, after three golds and two bronzes.
RESULTS, finals, Men’s Horizontal Bar: 1. Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) 15,066, 2ND TIN SRBIĆ (CRO) 14,900, 3. Nikita Nagornyy (ROC) 14,533, 4. Brody Malone (USA) 14,200, 5. Tyson Bull (AUS) 12,466, 6. Takeru Kitazono (JPN) 12,333, 7. Bart Deurloo (NED) 12,266, 8. Milad Karimi (KAZ) 11,266. (NOC of Croatia)
The Croatian Olympic Committee’s President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Siniša Krajač congratulated Tin Srbić and his coach Lucijan Krce on winning the Olympic silver medal:
Our dear Tin,
we admit - we were hoping for a medal, but the way you won it was really impressive. Only the greatest athletes save the best for the last because they are confident and sure that this is the way to the desired success. Thank you for treating us to such a brilliant performance in the most important moment of your first Olympic appearance. On behalf of the entire Croatian Olympic Family and on our own, we congratulate you on winning the Olympic silver in Horizontal Bar!