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Croatians defend title as world’s best olive pickers

Action from the world champs (Photo: Postira Tourist Board)

ZAGREB, Oct 14 (Hina) – Croatians have defended the title as the world’s best olive pickers after their team won the 2nd World Olive Picking Championship which took place in Postira on the southern Adriatic island of Brac from 11 to 14 October, the organisers said on Sunday.

The competition was organised by the local tourism board and the agricultural cooperative.

“We are very pleased with the response because as many as eleven countries participated this year,” the director of the Postira Tourism Board Ivana Jelincic said.

(Photo: Postira Tourist Board)

She said that the purpose of this event was to promote olive growing, exchange experience and foster friendship with countries with a long olive-growing tradition and those where olive growing is not so developed.

The competition involved teams of four from Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Hungary, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Croatia.

(Photo: Postira Tourist Board)

The Croatian team picked 67 kg of olives in 45 minutes, 11 kg more than the second-placed Montenegrins whose crate weighed 56.6 kg. The Slovenians finished third with 51.6 kg.

(Photo: Postira Tourist Board)


1. Croatia 67 kg
2. Montenegro 56.60 kg
3. Slovenia 51.60 kg
4. Bosnia and Herzegovina 46.80 kg
5. USA 44 kg
6. Netherlands 42.60 kg
7. Sweden 40.40 kg
8. Hungary 40.20 kg
9. France 38.20 kg
10. Spain 37.00 kg
11. Great Britain 36.80 kg

Jakša Gospodnetić, Martina Lazaneo, Mladen Matulić and Jelena Arnerić -Team Croatia. Proud winners and even prouder organizers Ivana Jelinčić and Ljerka Vlahović (Photo: Domagoj Blažević)

(Photo: Postira Tourist Board)

(Photo credits: Domagoj Blažević/Postira Tourist Board)

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