At the halfway point of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, Team Croatia has already crushed all expectations, accumulating seven total medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze.
On Saturday, the Croatian water polo team beat Serbia 14-12 to clinch a spot in the quarterfinal round with one more group stage game to play against top side, Spain, on August 2nd. The win over Serbia comes after beating Montenegro 13-8 but losing to Australia 11-8 in their second game. Croatia will know who they will face in the quarters after group play ends.
It was an epic All-Croatian men’s doubles tennis final in Tokyo as reigning Wimbledon champions Nikola Mektić and Mate Pavić took on Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig. The match went the distance with #1 seed Mektić/Pavič taking the third set gold medal tiebreaker 10-6 while Čilić and Dodig take home the silver. It’s another big win for Croatian tennis after taking the Davis Cup title in 2018 and Mektić/Pavić coming off a Wimbledon doubles championship.
Matea Jelić was the first to get Croatia on the board in the Tokyo Olympics, taking home gold in women’s 67KG Taekwondo. 25 year-old Toni Kanaet took home the 80KG bronze in men’s Taekwondo earlier this week as well.
The Sinković Brothers (Martin and Valent) took home gold in the men’s coxless pair rowing competition. It’s the second straight Olympics that the two brothers have taken home gold. Damir Martin grabbed the bronze medal in the men’s singles sculls rowing competition.
Tonči Stipanović took the silver medal for Croatia in sailing, getting 2nd place in the men’s laser competition. Stipanović is 35 years old and is a native of Split.
Croatia on seven medals but currently tied with Germany, Canada, Switzerland with three golds. Once again, pretty good for a nation of only 4 million people.