Varna, Zagreb, 30 May 2021 - Two gymnastics gold medals - one earned by young Aurel Benović in Saturday's Floor exercise finals and another by Tin Srbić a day later in High Bar - won at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Varna arrived from Bulgaria to Croatia.
In the fourth finals in his career, last year's European Vice-Champion Aurel Benović won his second gold medal at the World Cup tournaments. After Mersin 2019, the 20-year-old Osijek native "gilded" his performance in Floor exercise in Varna as well, while in his collection of medals he also has a bronze one won at the World Cup in Koper in 2019. Benović celebrated with 14,950 points (starting score 6.5), leaving behind the current two-time World Vice-Champion and last year's European Champion, Israel's Artem Dolgopjat (also 14,950 points, but higher starting score - 6.6). Bronze went to Britain's Hayden Andrew Skinner with 14,600 points.
The current World Vice-Champion and Olympian for Tokyo, Tin Srbić, brought to Croatia the second gold medal at the Varna FIG World Challenge Cup. He won with as many as 14,850 points, silver went to Italy's Carlo Macchini (14,650 points) and bronze to Hungary's Krisztian Balazs (14,350 points). In Varna, Srbić reached his 20th consecutive finals at the World Cup tournaments, 21st overall in his career and 15th medal. This is his eighth gold, while his collection – so far - counts 3 silvers and 4 bronzes as well.
This is the 32nd Croatian triumph in Men's Sports Gymnastics World Cup tournaments, and 37th overall in terms of the victories of both national teams.
After Saturday's 4th place in Women’s Balance Beam exercise, our two-time female finalist, Ana Đerek, was sixth in the Floor exercise on Sunday and just like Srbić and Benović confirmed that she is ready for the FIG World Challenge Cup in Osijek ("DOBRO World Challenge Cup") scheduled for 10 to 13 June.
The Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates Aurel Benović and Tin Srbić on winning gold medals at the Varna FIG World Challenge Cup!