Valencia, 6 December 2020 - Croatian marathon runner Matea Parlov Koštro, 27, met the Olympic norm for next year's Tokyo Olympics, after running a marathon in Valencia in 2:28.52 on Sunday, achieving thus also her personal best. Parlov Koštro, 27, “went after” the norm of 2:29:30, and also improved her personal best of 2:32.43, which she ran in February last year in Seville.

The runner, member of the club AK Svetice from Zagreb, is an eight-time national champion on long tracks and a multiple record holder. She also represented Croatia at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, where she collapsed in the middle of the race and dropped out. Parlov Koštro is the second Croatian marathon runner, after Bojana Bjeljac, with a running result within the Olympic norm, and with the official confirmation of her achievement, she will become the 27th Croatian female traveler to Tokyo. (CNA/COC)

The Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) congratulates Matea Parlov Koštro on the achieved result worthy of Olympic norm for the Tokyo Olympics 2021!