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2014 Croatian Sports Year in Review

Croatia2014 is drawing to an end and once again the small nation of Croatia has excelled on the world sporting stage. Croatian sportspeople took part in 149 World Champs in 2014 (94 senior and 55 junior), 100 European Champs (92 senior, 8 junior), 192 World Cups (124 senior, 68 junior) and 59 European Cups (33 senior and 26 junior), winning 331 medals in the process. Here are just some of the year’s highlights…

Sandra Perković (Discus) – Gold at European Championships – 1st athlete in history to win 3 European Discus Championships in a row, Diamond League winner
Ana Šimić (High Jump) – Bronze at European Championships
Martin Marković – Gold at World Junior Championships

Katarina Galenić and Maja Pavlinić – U17 Doubles Gold at European Championships

– Croatia U18 – Bronze at European Championships
– NBA debuts for Bojan Bogdanović (Brooklyn Nets) and Damjan Rudež (Indiana Pacers)

Toni Filipi – Silver at Youth Olympics
Luka Plantić – Bronze at Youth Olympics

– Croatia – Gold at IAU World Championships

Luka Modrić – UEFA Champions League title, FIFA World Club Cup title

Filip Ude (Men’s Pommel Horse) – Silver at World Championships

Valent and Martin Sinković (Men’s Double Sculls) – Gold at World Championships, became the first Men’s Double Sculls rowers to go under six minutes over 2,000 metres in the history of the sport

Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipović – IGF Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title

Ivan Kljaković Gašpić (Finn Class) – Became World Number 1

Ivica Kostelić – Silver at Sochi Winter Olympics

Lucija Zaninović – Gold at World Grand Prix, became World Number 1
Ana Zaninović – Gold at European Championships

Marin Čilić – US Open winner
Borna Ćorić – ATP Star of Tomorrow Award winner
Ivan Dodig – Doubles runner-up at ATP Masters Final, US Open semi final
Borna Devald – Orange Bowl title winner

Water Polo
– Croatia U19 – Bronze at European Championships

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