- Women’s Handball: Croatia routinely defeated the makeshift Team GB in their final game of the group stage. Croatia dominated the whole game and were up 17-6 at the half. They went on to win 37-14. Croatia were able to give their starters some rest and give their little used bench players a chance to play at the Olympics in front of a capacity crowd. Dijana Jovetić, Sonja Basić, and Andrea Serić scored five a piece and all ten outfield players that participated in the game scored. Croatia will play against Spain in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 8:30 AM ET. The two teams met in the Olympic qualifying tournament in a match Croatia won 23-22.
It was not relaxing, I’m pretty tired. We practiced our 5-1 defense which should be helpful for the quarterfinals. It was our first goal to qualify for the quarterfinals, and now that we are qualified, we want to continue. Ahead of us is the most important 60 minutes of our career. –Dijana Jovetić
Antonija Mišura attempts to grab a loose ball
Women’s Basketball: The Croatian Women’s basketball team lost their final Olympic game to Turkey 70-65, giving them a 1-4 Olympic record. Croatia put up a good fight and led for a good portion of the first half. Croatia’s collapse came in the 3rd quarter in this game, where they were outscored 25-13. They put up a comeback in the fourth quarter but came up five points short. Ana Lelas led the team with 11 points as Sandra Mandir struggled, shooting 2-6 from the field and committing six turnovers. There were many positives for Croatia at these Olympics as they managed to keep every game close including games against China and the US. If Croatia can continue to play like this, their world ranking will certainly go up and they could be competitors at Rio de Janeiro in four years time. Croatia’s top scorer and best player, Sandra Mandir, will be 39 in 2016 and likely won’t compete, but the budding talents of Maria Vrsaljko, Luca Ivanković and Antonija Mišura will be entering the primes of their careers at the perfect time.
Lisa Stublić in the final .2
- Marathon: Lisa Stublić finished 52nd out of 118 in the Women’s marathon early Sunday morning. She did very well, managing to stick in the lead pack for the first 16 miles before the pace quickened and she was dropped. She really struggled in the final four miles, losing seven minutes on the leader. Lisa’s first 13.1 miles were completed in 73 minutes, putting her in ninth and her second half took 81 minutes. She finished in a time of 2:34:03, about three minutes off of her PR, but considering the rainy weather and the difficult course, it’s a good time for her.
I love running in the rain. The course was challenging, although there weren’t many hills. The atmosphere along the course was great, but I couldn’t see the sights of London because I was focused on the race. -said the American born Stublić
- Athletics: Nikolina Horvat finished 8th in her prelim heat of the 400m hurldles with a time 58.49 seconds, failing to make the semi-finals. She finished 37th out of 43 overall. Her time was over two seconds slower than her personal best but she did have a tough lane draw being on the furthest outside. Four years ago in Beijing, she finished 18th in the prelims and just barely missed the semi-finals.
A dejected Neven Žugaj walks off the mat
- Wrestling: Neven Žugaj won his preliminary match in the 74kg Greco-Roman wrestling event but lost in the round of 16 to Emin Ahmadov of Azerbaijan, who would go on to win a bronze medal. Ahmadov got a bye from the prelims an Neven suggested he was already worn down from having to wrestke twice in a very short time frame. It was a disappointment for Žugaj, who finished 3rd at the World Championships last year. His twin brother Nenad will compete tomorrow in the 84kg division of Greco-Roman.
Anton Glasnović aims at a target
- Shooting: Anton Glasnović and Giovanni Cernograz got off to an excellent start in day one of two in the Men’s trap. Both men hit 74 out of 75 targets, putting them in a five way tie for second. On day two, they shoot 50 more targets, before advancing to the final. The final will consist of just the top six and they will shoot an additional 25 targets. Can Glasnovic or Cernograz bring home a medal for Croatia?
- Sailing: Ivan Gašpić finished 4th in the medal race, and 5th overall. He needed a second place finish to medal in the final race in order to secure a bronze medal. Pavle Kostov and Petar Cupać are in 17th in the 49er with two races left. Luka Mratović finished in 21st in the Men’s RS-X. Romana Župan and Enia Ninčević are in 14th in the 470 with four races left. Tonči Stipanović will sail for a medal tomorrow in the Men’s Laser.