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.
If you don’t mind muppets, since you guys aren’t talking sport at the moment, allow me chime in here with this,
Maček je uputio 25. maja 1936. u telegramu čestitku Nikoli Tesli, u kome se Tesli obraća rečima: “Velikom sinu naroda srbskog, a domovine Hrvatske, vođi čovječanstva u borbi sa prirodom čestita u ime Hrvatskoga naroda.“
U odgovoru Nikole Tesle stoji:
“Jednako se ponosim moga srbskog roda i moje Hrvatske domovine, živili svi Jugoslaveni.”
Now to what a Croat murdered by Serbs once said,
“Mi niti smo bili, niti ćemo ikada biti Jugoslavjani. Mi ne poznamo i ne priznamo Jugoslavije.”
– Milan Šufflay
Why not choose an image of a Croat like Milan Šufflay for your euro coins, why not King Tomislav (the Serbs couldn’t take umbrage at that choice), but the Croatian communists after finally having overcome the anti-communist Croats (who are now betas) in the ’90’s now have to start shit with the Serbs (who are not in the EU) by choosing an image of Tesla (a Serb) for their euro coins?
Do Croats have a Tesla like Yugoslav mentality now?
Frenchy did the Anonymous racist troll we used to hear from,move into the other room in your basement?
You’re starting to sound like him now…I hope Baka is making enough sarma for the both of you.
I don’t even understand how you can say that?
I just found this Tesla affair interesting, you don’t?
Let me ask you, Šufflay or Tesla, whose image would you prefer on Croatia’s euro coins?
I don’t understand how you find Tesla and or ALL things Croatian interesting yet label yourself a Frenchman?
Let me ask you Croat or French…whose blood really flows within your veins ?
Your knowledge of Croatia it’s people,sports, politics etc is impressive ..you should be France’s ambassador to Croatia.I doubt even he knows as much as you do?
The Canadians murdered our soldiers during the great patriotic war of the 1990s. Least we forget.
“Maminjo spends his time spewing crap or posting tidbits from Wikipedia. Makes him look knowledgeable. Gotta keep tabs on him. 😅”
This gave me a laugh, I’ve thought the same thing myself.
Brekalo has officially asked Wolfsburg to move him. Let’s hope it’s a move that can help him. He’s been stuck in a rut for some time now. At 23, you can’t hang your hat on “potential” for much longer.
Dinamo to potentially play CZ if they get past Legia.
Hopefully. That would be awesome.
Wondering if they would allow away fans for that tie? Doubt UEFA lets that happen.
As a Croatian Canadian it’s shocking to see we have equal amounts of gold medals. Canada is producing more talent just not at the rate it should. Croatians are just a different breed.
Croatia outranked Canada in the last Olympics, despite having a fraction of the athletes and money invested.
But, Canada is largely a beta nation. They’re not really know to have a winning mentality. It impacts the results in sports.
unsure what you mean by Canada having a beta mentality. Definitely a beta, woke Prime Minister, but that can’t be attributed to their athletes. Canada has 1/9 the population of the USA. The States would have 27 gold and 36 silver medals if they were as proficient as the Canadian athletes.
Not to say that they are the best. Croatia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and many others are better than Canada based on their population base.
Have to disagree here Maminjo. Yes, our Olympic results are sub par, however how is not winning medals in sports such as shooting, table tennis, 3v3 basketball equivalent to being a beta nation LOL. You’ve obviously never watched a game of ice hockey or lacrosse 😂
Ok Maminjo I appreciate your general knowledge on all things from sports to Croatian culture politics etc but that “Beta!”comment just might be your most ridiculous one yet!
It is a KNOWN fact that during WW2 that the Europeans respected the Cdn troops far more than the Americans for their efforts and bravery and ALPHA mentality in Dieppe etc…you yanks waited a very long time AFTER the Canucks boots hit the ground in both wars to enter the fight, but your fictional war movies and history books will tell all you yanks a different story.
Form your opinions like a Croat not an American going forward.
WW2 Canadians are a different breed from today’s Canadians.
I know a lot of Canucks who keep referencing this, but it doesn’t apply.
Also, my opinions are not American based. I don’t have that rivalry that many Canadian and American Croats have with each other. I could give a shit about either country. I’m just a friendly neighborhood Croat.
How does that not apply?..
Like Canadians have regressed as humans unlike the Americans?! Sure dude.
Maminjo spends his time spewing crap or posting tidbits from Wikipedia. Makes him look knowledgeable. Gotta keep tabs on him. 😅
The Canadian women’s soccer team brought the Alpha against the US last night maminjo.
So nice to see those over exposed divas take one on the chin especially Rapinoe.
Yes, I hate the arrogant US women’s football team. If they lost, then that’s good news.
Canadian Women’s Football is easily the best thing about these Olympics for me.
Very impressive decade from that core of American women but when the average age of your team is nearly 32, you’ve got a problem
I knew I would get the Canadians upset lol
Out of curiosity, are you based in the US? Or Australia/NZ?
Although I’m not a fan of the Olympics. Great to see some medals being achieved Start covering more of Stipe’s comeback and potential trilogy. Hrgovic has a upcoming match in this month. Wonder if he’ll face Joshua ever. Cover these guys, football and champions league.
Is stipe going to stick around?
I know he said he wanted to keep going but maybe he just happy to chill now
Why would he chill? I still think he has one fight left in him. If he faces the winner of Gane/Lewis bout. There’s certainty he fights Francis one more time. If he losses the next fight..he’ll definitely retire. It would just be a blow to see him hang up the gloves after a defeat and losing the belt in such a tough way.
Pretty crazy that we’re only competing in 15 sports and we have 7 medals (and counting).
We should medal in Karate, Waterpolo, and possibly a few of the other events.
Shame that Franko Grgić had to get surgery and could compete at these Olympics.
That would have been a gold too.
Sandra Perkovic and the Fantela brothers should medal as well.
Perkovic fell off a bit over the past few years.
I hope she can medal, but she dropped a lot of weight and lost a lot of what made her so powerful and dominant in the previous two Olympics games.
Same story with Sara Kolak for Javelin. We’ll see how well the both of them can do for us.
Fantela is going into the medal race finals in 8th place. Will be tough to medal at this point. He scored gold for us last time, but it will be very tough to medal this time around.
However, we have Ivan Kvesic in Karate, who is currently the World Champ and should be the favorite for Gold. He won gold in the last three World and European competitions.
I think he medals for sure, and anything less than Gold would be a disappointment.
I’m hoping that our Waterpolo team goes to the final again. In a good position to do so right now. Looking good, other than that odd hiccup against Australia.
Either way, it looks like we may be able to match our 5 golds (and 10 medal total) that we achieved in the last Olympics…but with half of the athletes, lol.
Not sure where these athletes are coming from, especially since there is so little funding for it in Croatia, but I like what I see.
Just picked up another silver in the sailing to, Aussie got gold. Been great so far for us so far though with 3 golds already.
Also, unless im wrong, that tennis doubles match is the first time in tennis olympic history in any contest, be it singles, doubles, mixed doubles, that the same country has played off for gold and silver, so pretty impressive.