Croatia’s Olympic gold medal winning discus thrower Sandra Perkovic (22) has parted company with her coach Ivan Ivancic (75).
The successful partnership comes to an end after a disagreement between the pair regarding training methods. “I am sorry that I am ending working with Sandra, who is a “Gloria” of an athlete, but I do not want to work with someone who can not fulfil what I am looking for during the year,” said a disappointed Ivancic to daily Jutarnji list.
Perkovic responded to Ivancic’s comments, saying that what he was after was unrealistic after doctors advised her to rest because of a pulled muscle. “Ivancic wanted me to continue training, but I was against it because I could have done more damage which would need an operation and a year out. I am not a “flash in the pan” athlete, I want to last another 10 years, responded Perkovic.
Perkovic’s boyfriend, former world junior shot put champion Edis Elkasevic, will take over coaching duties.