Tokyo 2020 Croatia Recap: 8 Olympic Medals, 2nd Most Successful Games in Croatian History

Daniela Rogulj

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The Olympic Games in Tokyo are the second most successful Olympics for Croatia in history, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

Croatia won three gold, three silver, and two bronze medals in Tokyo, taking 26th place in the overall list of medal winners.

Only in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 were Croatian athletes were more successful, winning five gold, three silver, and two bronze medals.

Croatia equaled the number of gold medals in Tokyo with London in 2012. However, two more silver medals were won. 

At the Olympic premiere in Barcelona in 1992, Croatia won three medals – a silver medal for basketball and a bronze medal for Goran Ivanišević in singles and in doubles with Goran Prpić.

Four years later, in Atlanta, Croatia won gold (handball) and silver (water polo), and in Sydney in 2000, weightlifter Nikolai Peshalov celebrated, while rowing won bronze.

Five medals were won in Athens in 2004, including gold in handball, while in Beijing in 2008, Croatia did not win a single gold medal for the second time. Croatia won two silver medals (Blanka Vlašić, Filip Ude) and three bronze medals (Snježana Pejčić, Martina Zubčić, Sandra Šarić) instead.

For the first time, Croatia won more than one gold in London in 2012, when the Olympic winners were water polo, Sandra Perković in the discus throw, and Giovanni Cernogoraz in trap shooting. In London, Croatia also won four silver (David Šain, Martin Sinković, Damir Martin, Valent Sinković) and two bronze medals (handball, Lucija Zaninović).

The most successful Olympics for Croatian athletes were in Rio, with five gold medals and a total of 10 medals won. Gold medals were won by Josip Glasnović (trap), Sandra Perković (discus), Sara Kolak (javelin), Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić (470), and Martin and Valent Sinković (double sculls).

In Tokyo, Croatia won a total of eight medals. Gold was won by taekwondo artist Matea Jelić, the Sinković brothers in coxless pairs, and Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić in tennis doubles.

Silver was won by Tonči Stipanović in laser sailing, tennis doubles team Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig, and gymnast Tin Srbić, while the bronze was won by taekwondo artist Toni Kanaet and Damir Martin in rowing singles.

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