Iva Gerić Wins First European Women’s Wrestling Medal for Croatia!

Daniela Rogulj

Iva Gerić from Ludbreg has won the bronze medal at the European Wrestling Championships in Faenza, Italy, which is Croatia’s first European medal in women’s wrestling. Gerić performed in the cadet category and lost in the fight for the final against a wrestler from Ukraine, though her success in the competition is monumental. Gerić is a member of the Ludbreg Wrestling Club and is one of the most talented athletes in Croatia today, writes Podravski.hr on June 22, 2019. 

“I knew what I needed to bring home before I was even in Italy. I was ready and I believed that I could. On the first day of the competition, I was blocked, and it wasn’t me on the mat – my mind had a wish, and my body did not cooperate. The next day gave me an opportunity and here we are back with a medal,” Iva said after the medal celebration.

On the way to the bronze medal, Gerić overcame Hungarian, Lithuanian and French representatives. Her loss to a wrestler from Ukrainian secured her third place at the European Championship in the category of up to 61kg. 

Led by coach Senada Mujagić, Veronika Dragaš, Nika Slavica Anđelić, and Victoria Vrdoljak competed alongside Gerić at the tournament. 

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