Ivan Cupić celebrates one of his seven goals
- Men’s Handball: Croatia booked a place in the quarterfinals with an impressive 26-19 victory over Hungary. It was a low scoring affair in the first half as Croatia went into the break with an 11-9 lead courtesy of some solid wing play by Manuel Štrlek and Ivan Cupić. Croatia got off to a storming start in the second half and led 20-13 with 15 minutes left to play. Croatia was able to hold the lead from there to the finish, with Zlatko Horvat coming off of the bench and impressing as Hungary struggled to score. Cupic finished with seven goals which raises his total to 23 and puts him as the joint highest scorer in thus far. Croatia play the other undefeated team in their group, Denmark, on Saturday at 10:15 ET. This will be Croatia’s toughest test yet and a win would put them in great shape to win the group
- Men’s Tennis: Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig went down in flames in the quarterfinals of the men’s doubles, losing 6-4, 6-4, to David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez. The Croats put up a decent effort but the Spaniards were nearly unstoppable. Despite both Croats having strong serves, Lopez and Ferrer took advantage of their early break opportunities, while putting on a clinic on their service. In ten service games, Lopez and Ferrer only lost six total points. Given their success at the Olympics, look to see these two playing together again in the Davis Cup and possibly at majors.
Pavlin (left) and Todorović (center) pose with the creepy Olympic mascot
- Swimming: Mario Todorović placed 28th in the prelims of the 50m freestyle with a time of 22.75. Kim Pavlin placed 33rd in the prelims of the 200m backstroke in 2:15.67. The only remaining swimmer for Croatia is Karla Šitić, who will swim the 10k open-water marathon swim next Thursday.
Croatia’s star man Sandro Sukno
- Men’s Water Polo: Croatia took down reigning world champions Italy 11-6 with an excellent performance that puts them in perfect position to finish on top of their group and clinches an appearance in the quarterfinals. The Barracuda’s strategy from the start was to collapse towards the Italian center forward and force Italy to take shots from the outside. It worked perfectly and Croatia only gave up one goal when they did not have an exclusion. Croatia went up 3-0 straight away and led comfortably from that point on. Sandro Šukno had a hat trick and led the offense with some brilliant passing. Miho Bosković also scored three. Croatia play Kazakhstan in their next game on Saturday with the Croats being very heavy favorites in that one.
“We played much better than in the previous two matches. We had more patience. It wasn’t easy for us in offense because of Italy’s aggresive play. All of the fouls were close to being penalized,” -Goaltender Josip Pavić
Glasnović struggled in the double trap prelims
- Shooting: Anton Glasnović finished last in the prelims of the men’s double trap. He hit 114 out of 150 targets. He needed 137 to qualify for the finals. He competes in the trap competition on Sunday and Monday which is his stronger event.
- Sailing: Ivan Gašpić had a good day on the South coast of England, finishing 3rd and 7th in races seven and eight to move up to third overall. With three races to go, there is a three man battle for the bronze, with Gašpić having a slight cushion. Šime Fantela and Igor Marenić are in 10th through two races in the 470. Petar Cupać and Pavle Costov are in 16th in the 49er through eight races. Dan and Marin Lovrović are in 16th (last) after eight races. Luka Mratović is in 22nd after six races of the RS-X.
@zach it seems like the point difference is the first tiebreaker http://www.sbnation.com/london-olympics-2012/2012/8/2/3214759/olympics-basketball-schedule-men-day-3
Today’s recap wont be up for a few hours. lots of action today
Turkey is a very, very good team so it will be tough. I can’t find any info on the tiebreakers for basketball or handball. If it’s head to head or point/goal difference, CRO basketball has essentially no chance.
Silver medal in rowing, huge congrats to the team
Sorry if I contribute to ruin the Zach post, since this time I will begin to ignore all the inappropriate comments cause I realize that my answers are just like fuel, and I also invite the rest to made the same.
The womens Basketball team still have a chance to reach the second round, they need to beat turkey in the last game cause Czech Republic surely will destroy Angola.
Now this is a readable post.
Thank you Denis!
I would like to apologize to Zach for all those previous comments that I have just deleted. What a slap in the face to Zach for all the time and effort put into this article to write a dozen comments about “white genocide.” I am not putting down the topic of “white genocide” or saying anything positive or negative about the topic. All I am saying is that its irrelavent to this post and to this website.
Please dont respond to any of these type of future comments and as always, comments like this will be deleted.
You guys just need to move this conversation to the forums. Make a white genocide forum for all we care, just stop clogging up Zach’s great post with this stuff. Here, talk all you want, just put it all here – http://croatiansports.com/?page_id=6650
With all do respect to everyone with all these different views…I read this website while I’m at work, though I try not to post for obvious reasons, can we keep the political / socially unacceptable talk to a minimum….it’s just if I ever get flagged at work, which is possible working for a corp, I don’t want them seeing this type of thing
I love the site, just want to keep visiting it without worrying about that sort of business…I’m sure I’m not alone
And to the friendly people at CSR, you could just delete comments that seem a little outside of the sporting realm…probably keep people from posting it
The women handball team beat Montenegro 27 – 26
The basketball team beat angola 75 – 56
Huge win in water polo against Italy. Looks like a semifinal game between Serbia and Croatia is in the cards. Still early.
They had the best time in the SF
Croatia’s first medal is a Silver in 4 man rowing.