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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Mario Možnik Wins Historic Very 1st Croatian Gymnastic Gold Medal At European Championships

Arriving back in Zagreb after the European Championships. Image:

I've done too many sports related pieces lately and had no plans to do any for a while, I passed over a number of good sports posts, but this is a bit different and so I had to throw something here quick. Personally, I don't really watch gymnastics, well, the men's anyway, but I never even heard of this guy before. Heck, I never really paid much attention and knew we even had people in this sport of the horizontal bar. Gold medal at the European Championships?... not too shabby of a result. Sort of like a Croatian Batman or Spiderman or something.

I found out that his notable results are a bronze medal at 2014 World Championships, this gold medal at 2015 European Championships and also a silver medal at 2012 European Championships. At the 2007 World Championships Možnik even introduced a new gymnastic element which is now named after him. He is also the laureate of the Croatian "Franjo Bučar State Award for Sport" for 2013. With another medal round result at the World Championships in Glasgow later this year and he will qualify for the 2016 Olympics. Some footage below from Croatian television of this recent gold medal performance.

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