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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…

Athletics
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

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

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

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

Crossbow
– Croatia – Gold at IAU World Championships

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

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

Rowing
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

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

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

Skiing
Ivica Kostelić – Silver at Sochi Winter Olympics

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

Tennis
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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