Paris, 5 June 2021 - Croatian boxer Luka Plantić, 24, won in the quarterfinals of the Olympic qualifiers in the Light Heavyweight (81 kg) category against Ireland's Emmat Brennan and became the first Croatian boxer to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. To this great success he was led by his coach Tomislav Bašić.
Plantić started the match against the powerful Brennan aggressively and in the first minute the referee counted on the Irishman. The fighter from Sesvete kept his advantage until the end of the match and won by unanimous decision of all five referees (5-0). At the beginning of the qualifying tournament in London in 2020, Plantić defeated the Austrian seed Umar Dzambekov. In the Friday’s match in Paris, Plantić also defeated the Armenian Gora Nersesyan in the first-round.
The Croatian boxer Marko Milun, 24, failed to reach the quarterfinals of the Olympic qualifiers in Paris in the Super Heavyweight category (+91 kg). In the round of sixteen, Milun lost by unanimous decision of the referees (5-0) to the category favorite, Britain's Frazer Clarke. He still hopes to make it to Tokyo through the World Boxing Federation rankings because only four of the most successful super heavyweight boxers will qualify directly from Paris.
Luka Plantić is the 46th Croatian athlete who won the right to compete at the Tokyo Olympics (23 July to 8 August).
The Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates Luka Plantić on winning the Olympic "visa" for Tokyo and wishes him the longest possible continuation of his winning streak!