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Sunday, 2 August 2009

US loses To Croatia 8-6 In Bronze Medal Match &...Under 19 Croatian Mens Handball Team Win Gold At WC's

We seem to do very well against the Americans, as I mentioned the other day regarding the recent Davis Cup tennis matches played in Croatia against the U.S. We just missed out playing for gold at these world championships in a game that went down to the last seconds, losing by 1 goal. Also on the same day. yesterday our Under 19 National Handball team won gold at the world championships. Not a bad weekend for our athletes. People around here don't really know how well we do in sporting competitions around the world,(soccer is the exception, it's mainly all NFL, NBA and MLB around here) let alone non-sporting news. For a nation of about 4.5 million people we do very well. The seniors won silver at this years world handball championships which were hosted by Croatia this year.(See video below) Even in winter sports we have been winning medals at world championships and Olympic Games, in skiing and Nordic events. Win or lose, our athletes always do us proud, but we just keep getting better.

Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Source: Associated Press

ROME — The United States has lost 8-6 to Croatia in the bronze medal water polo match at the world swimming championships.

Anthony Azevedo scored twice on Saturday for the Americans, silver medalists at the Beijing Olympics.

Paulo Obradovic and Samir Barac scored two goals apiece for Croatia, the 2007 world champions.

Obradovic broke a 5-all tie with 4:54 remaining in the game, and Igor Hinic's goal with 27 seconds left wrapped up the bronze. Josip Pavic made 11 saves for Croatia.

Serbia and Spain were playing for the gold medal.

Croatia - USA, water polo WC 2009, bronze medal game

Croatian Juniors Win World Handball Gold

 The Croatian junior team (U19) won gold at the world championship in Tunis, beating Iceland 40:34 (19:15)


Translation:Joseph Stedul

Published: August 01, 2009 17:49h

The Croatian junior team (U19) won gold at the world handball championship in Tunis, beating Iceland 40:34 (19:15) in Tunis to take the world gold medal.

Croatia led the whole match. At the beginning the Croatia team created a six goal advantage, 8:2. Iceland managed to reduce that lead to 9:8, but this was the closest they came to the Croatian team. At half time Croatia was leading 19:15.

In the second half the Croatians continued to increase their lead, with the result being 33:25 in the 50th minute. Iceland managed to reduce Croatia’s lead by the end of the match, but the win and gold were never in question.

The following players represented Croatia in the championship:

Goakpeepers – Josip Pivac, Alen Grd and Ante Vukas, left wings - Lovro Sprem and Damir Vucko, right wings – Kresimir Ledinski and Dario Cerneka, pivots – Marino Maric and Kresimir Kozina, outer players – Nikola Spelic, Slaven Brdar, Ivan Sliskovic, Vedran Hudj, Luka Sokolic, Ivan Belfinger, Luka Stepancic and Robert Markotic.

Referees: Samir Kirchen and Samir Makhlouf (both from Tunis)

ICELAND – CROATIA - 35 : 40 (15:19)

ICELAND: K. Guzmundsson (3/16), Stefansson (7/34), Olafsson, Kristinsson, Palmarsson 4, Heimisson 2, Porgeirsson, Guzjonsson, Olafsson 6, Sigurmannsson 2, O. Guzmundsson 8, Gretarsson 4, Bjarkason 5, Johannsson 4.
Coach: E. Guzmundsson

CROATIA: Grd (8/27), Vukas (2/18), Vucko, Sokolic 5, Ledinski , Belfinger 3, Cerneka 4, Marić 9, Hudj 6, Kozina, Stepancic 1, Sprem 6, Spelic 6, Sliskovic.
Coach: Vladimir Canjuga

7m Penalties:

Iceland – 3/4, Croatia 6/7

Suspension time:

Iceland – 10 minutes, Croatia – 8 minutes

Some images from the 2009 World Handball Championships which were held in Croatia this year.

Jakov Fak winner of bronze and Croatia's first ever Biathlon World Championships medal in 2009

Sanja Jovanović winning the world record for women's 50m backstroke at the 2008 European SC Swimming Championships held in Rijeka, Croatia.

Promo video of the Croatian Olympic Committee

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