Melbourne / Zagreb, February 16th, 2020 - Current Olympic Vice Champion Tonči Stipanović won a bronze medal at the Olympic class Laser World Championships in Melbourne (Australia), confirming his excellent form a bit overfive months ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, where he will be defending the historical individual silver of Croatian sailing from Rio de Janeiro.
Onthe last day of competing at the World Championships, Stipanović entered as the sixth in the Golden Group, but with the fourth, 21st and 11th entry in the goal in the last three rounds he collected 64 negative points and won bronze, beating thus the Frenchman Jean Bernaz (66). World Champion is German Philipp Buhl, while silver went to the domestic competitor Matt Wearn. Our second Laser representative, Filip Jurišić, took a solid tenth place.
The leading Croatian Olympic Committee's (COC) officials - President Zlatko Mateša and Secretary General Josip Čop - congratulated Stipanović, his expert staff and the Croatian Sailing Federation on this valuable accomplishment:
Our dear Tonči,
After a confirmed Olympic visa for Tokyo a year and a half ago, with a brilliant performance and bronze medal won in Melbourne, you also confirmed your place in the World Laser Elite. With personal congratulations, and congratulations on behalf of the entire Croatian Olympic family to which you belong, we warmly wish you to continue filling the trophy pages of Croatian sailing this summer at the Tokyo Olympics! (COC / VK)