Zagreb, 21 May 2021 - After the recent venture of the kayaker Anamaria Govorčinović, Croatia also has an Olympic standard in canoeing on calm waters. At the world qualification tournament in Barnaul, Russia for this summer's Tokyo Olympics, the Croatian canoeist Vanesa Tot won first place (50,006) in the C1 200m.

In the sport celebrated by the greatest Croatian summer Olympian of all time, the legendary Matija Ljubek, a 21-year-old member of the KKK Marsonia from Slavonski Brod, will continue the tradition of Olympic performances of calm water canoeists under the Croatian flag: Vlado Poslek (Barcelona 1992), Ivan Šabjan (Atlanta 1996, previously also the Olympian of the former state in Seoul in 1988), Dražen Funtak (Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000), Nikica Ljubek (Sydney 2000) and Emanuel Horvatiček (Athens 2004).

In addition to the fact that she is the first Croatian female canoeist at the Olympic Games in the history, Vanesa Tot is also the first Slavonski Brod native from individual sports to compete for Croatia at the Olympics, thus entering the company of trophy fellow three-time Olympian Venio Losert, who won two gold medals with handball players - in Atlanta in 1996 and in Athens in 2004, and in his last Olympic appearance, in London in 2012, he was a Croatian flag-bearer.

In addition to the kayaker Anamarija Govorčinović (calm waters) and canoeist Matija Marinić (Canoe Slalom on White Waters), Tot will be the third representative of Croatian kayaking in Tokyo, and on the COC Olympic Program’s list of evident male and female candidates for Tokyo, there is a figure 45 next to her name. (COC/VK)

The Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) congratulates canoeist Vanessa Tot on winning the Olympic standard won for Tokyo Olympics!