Croatia’s Lena Stojković becomes European Taekwondo champion
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
SOFIA, 9 April 2021 – Croatia has claimed a gold medal on the first day of the 2021 European Taekwondo Championships being held in Sofia, Bulgaria thanks to 19-year-old Lena Stojković.
Lena won the gold medal at the European Taekwondo Championships in the U-46 kg category.
Lena, who is a member of the Marjan club in Split, defeated Tammila from Finland 22-2 in the first round before beating current European champion Yildirim from Turkey 18-8 in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals, Lena was dominant against Israeli Rivka Bayech, winning 28-8 to set up a match in the grand final against Russian Larisa Medvedeva.
The Croatian proved too strong, winning 18-10 after another impressive performance to win gold.
With this gold, Lena now completes a collection of medals in all three age categories. She previously won bronze at the European Championships as a cadet, while in her junior internship she won bronze at the Youth Olympic Games as well as a bronze at the World Champs.
Lena took up taekwondo at a young age and under the tutorage of her coach Veljko Laura in Blatine, Split has now won her fourth big medal in her career at only 19 years of age.