Captain Miranda Tatari (#2) fought back tears as she saluted the fans with her teammates
- Croatia exited the Women’s handball tournament after losing 25-22 to Spain as they failed to deal with injuries and Spain’s defense. The game was fairly equal through the first 40 minutes with Spain defending very well, as Croatia relied on captain Miranda Tatari and Andrea Penezić to score and create goals. Tatari went down with a knee injury late in the first half but was able to reenter the game after a short rest. Penezić, undeniably the star of the Croatian team, sprained her ankle and was in agonizing pain and was unable to come back on. She made one attempt but couldn’t put enough weight on her leg. Croatia were up two at the time and went cold for the rest of the game. Losing by only three covers the fact that Spain were the much better team without Penezić. Croatia’s wing play was also very disappointing and Dijana Jovetić and Maja Zebić only scored four goals, two from penalties. Tatari led the team with five goals. Croatia will leave London with their heads high, having finished second in their group and made the quarterfinals in their first Olympic appearance. If they can continue to play like they have the past two weeks in the Copper Box, expect to see them contending for medals in Rio de Janeiro.
“The Penezic injury was certainly a decisive factor, we simply didn’t have an equal substitute for her and our game was in disarray.” –Vladimir Canjuga
“We didn’t play very well, neither defence or shooting the ball, It is disappointing.” –Kristina Franić
“We made it one step, we wanted to go to the semi-finals” –Miranda Tatari
- Sailing: Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić finished in 2nd in race 9 of the 470, putting them less than ten points behind third, but then finished in a disastrous 22nd in the tenth race to move them back to 8th and 28 points out of the medals. They will compete in the medal race on Thursday and their highest possible finish is 5th overall. Enia Ninčević and Romana Župan are in 15th in the Women’s 470 with two races left.