Zagreb, August 6, 2019 - 27 years ago, at the Barcelona Olympics, the first Olympic medal was won for independent Croatia. The creator of this venture was tennis player Goran Ivanišević who, after a bronze in Singles, brought Croatia soon another bronze in Doubles with Goran Prpić. Until the quarterfinals in which he ensured bronze, Ivanišević celebrated in four matches a five-set victory over Portuguese Bernard Moto, Dutch Paul Haarhuis, Swiss Jakobo Hlasek and then in a four-hour marathon with a Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

 

After 20 hours spent on the ground - in Singles and Doubles – he did not have the strength for a new venture. In the semifinals duel he was defeated by the later Olympic winner Marc Rosset.

 

Ten days before the historic climb to the Olympic pedestal, Goran Ivanišević had the honor to bear the Croatian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Games. In addition to the tennis bronzes, we remember the first Summer Olympics with the performance of Croatian athletes under their own flag by silver medal of the legendary basketball team, led by Dražen Petrović. At the Barcelona Olympics 1992, there were 39 Croatian male and female athletes participating in 12 sports. (COC/VK)