In his first tournament 6.5 months after winning a medal in Tokyo, the current silver Olympian is back on the podium. Although he started practically from the beginning and had to change his exercise almost completely due to the new regulations, nothing got in his way.
In Sunday’s final in Germany, Tin scored 14,333, and only the American Brody Malone was better (14,700). The bronze medalist was Israeli Alexander Myakinin (14,100).
“The first World Cup after the Olympic Games according to the new rules, and I did really well. I am satisfied after this final. I managed this new exercise that we planned, with an initial grade of 5.7, and I got a solid final grade, 14,333, and deserved silver. The American was really much better today and deservedly won,” said Tin from Cottbus.
This was his 23rd World Cup final in his career and his 17th medal. So far, he has won 9 gold medals, 4 silver, and the same number of bronze.
“We continue to build on that exercise. This is an interesting preparatory year in which I am trying to prepare a new exercise for next year and finally the Olympics. I am really very pleased with this start to the season. It went very well. Honestly, I have a problem with one injury, so it distracted me a bit from the finals and everything, but I concentrated on the new elements that I managed to do great. I hope that this injury will not affect me much in further preparation.”
Tin and the rest of the Croatia team in Cottbus – gold Filip Ude, silver Aurel Benović and Jakov Vlahek, as well as coaches Vladimir Mađarević, Lucijan Krce, and Igor Križimski and judge Boris Čulin will fly to Doha on Monday where a new tournament from the World Cup series, which qualifies for this year’s World Cup, awaits them.
“It simply came to our notice then. I hope for the same competition as this, to do this new exercise twice again and to be more prepared for the future. I hope that the injury will not get worse and that we will be able to continue training normally and build the exercise.”
Tin also commented on the current political situation.
“We are talking about the situation in Ukraine all the time. I have nothing to philosophize about but to say what any normal person can say, and that is that I think it makes no sense, it never made sense in the war, let alone now in 2022. I see no reason for that. Maybe it affected us all a little bit here, it felt like something was going on. Yesterday, before the finals, the Belarusian flag was removed from the wall, the Belarusian anthem was not played … I just hope that all this will end as soon as possible,” said the silver Olympian.
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