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Friday, 24 August 2012

Croatia Brings Home 6 Medals From 2012 Summer Olympic Games

 Venio Losert of the Croatia Olympic handball team carries the national  flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (July 26, 2012 - Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe) 

It's been a couple weeks since the end of the London Summer Olympics, but I said I was going to make a summary post after it was over....Overall it was a great showing and a successful conclusion for the Croatian athletes.  The best medal count yet, and they were very close to taking home even a few more. (Injured high jumper Blanka Vlašić would have been a sure bet for a medal too)  It was hoped a couple of medalists from the Beijing games would duplicate their success, but other medalists stepped in to help fill the void.  Of course some of Croatia's political leaders came to watch and cheer on at some of the events, even Slavica Ecclestone came to watch and support the Croatian waterpolo team, accompanied by Zlatko Mateša, who is President of the Croatian Olympic Committee)

Below is the basic summary.  The good news also  is that if you missed the Summer Games on TV, you can click on the "Watch on Youtube" link after starting the video and be able to watch the various matches and competitions in full replay.....

*(As a sidenote, Croatia's Under-18 Basketball squad  took the title of European Champions recently,  more info about that HERE)

Official Croatian Olympic Committee website: (Croatian and English)

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Introduction into the stadium. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


108 (or 110; with one reserve player per men's and women's handball team) Croatian athletes secured a spot at the 2012 Summer Olympics in 17 sports, making it the largest Croatian Olympic team in history.
Sports in which the Croatian athletes competed were: athletics, basketball, canoeing, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, handball, judo, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

The 2012 Olympic Games were ultimately the most successful Olympics in modern Croatian history. The highest numbers of gold medals at Summer Olympics was achieved (Croatia also won three medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics). Also, the highest number of medals at Summer or Winter Olympics was achieved (six medals), surpassing the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

 However, before the Games, it was suspected that Croatia could win at least eight medals, but this was not achieved. Tonči Stipanović, Ivan Kljaković Gašpić and Snježana Pejčić were in very good positions to win a medal, however, they ended up in 4th, 5th and 5th position, respectively. Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić were favourites to win a medal in the 470 class in sailing, however, they finished in 6th place. Croatia also achieved their best ever medal rank at the Summer Olympics (25th position), but did not surpass the 2002 Winter Olympics when Croatia finished in 12th place.

2012 London Summer Olympics final medal results:

Water polo teamgold medal
Giovanni Cernogoraz (shooter) - gold medal
Sandra Perković (discus thrower) - gold medal
Rowing team - silver medal
Lucija Zaninović (taekwondo practitioner) - bronze medal
Handball teambronze medal

Bronze medallist Croatia's Lucija Zaninovic poses at the women's -49kg taekwondo victory ceremony during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the ExCeL arena August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Lucija winning the bronze in extra time.

Croatia's Valent Sinkovic, Damir Martin, Martin Sinkovic and David Sain celebrate after winning the silver medal for the men's quadruple rowing sculls Aug. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Footage of the men's quadruple rowing sculls final.

Sandra Perkovic celebrates winning gold in the women's discus throw during the Summer Olympics in London. (AP Photo)

Footage of Sandra's Gold medal winning discus throw.

 Giovanni Cernogoraz  firing his shot in the men's trap shooting event, winning gold in a shoot-out.

Giovanni Cernogoraz taking gold in men’s trap shooting day 10

Handball Bronze medallists: Mirko Alilović, Marko Kopljar, Ivano Balić, Blaženko Lacković, Damir Bičanić, Venio Losert Denis Buntić, Ivan Ninčević, Ivan Čupić, Manuel Štrlek, Domagoj Duvnjak, Igor Vori, Jakov Gojun, Drago Vuković, Zlatko Horvat.

Croatia vs. Hungary Bronze Medal Match Highlights

Celebrating Waterpolo Gold medalists: Maro Joković, Miho Bošković, Petar Muslim, Ivan Buljubašić, Paulo Obradović, Damir Burić, Samir Barač, Josip Pavić, Andro Bušlje, Sandro Sukno, Nikša Dobud, Frano Vićan, Igor Hinić. (Getty Images)

Croatia vs. Italy Gold Medal- Full Match.

Downtown Zagreb at Ban Jelacic Square was packed with celebrations and supporters. (Ronald Goršić/CROPIX)

There were parties and celebrations in the hometowns of the individual athletes, this was the main greeting for all of the Olympic athletes in downtown Zagreb at the main Ban Jelacic Square.

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