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Matea Parlov Koštro wins Croatia’s historic first marathon medal

A historic day for Croatian athletics as Matea Parlov Koštro wins the silver medal in the marathon at the European Championships in Munich.  

The 30-year-old has become the first Croatian in history to win a medal in the marathon event at a major competition.  

Matea finished second in a time of 2:28.42, just six seconds behind the winner, Poland’s Aleksandra Lisowska (2:28.36). 

In third place was Nienke Brinkman from the Netherlands and Germany’s Njemica Miriam Dattke in a time of 2:28.52.

Matea, who finished 21st at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, is related to legendary Croatian boxer Mate Parlov.

History for Croatia: Matea Parlov Koštro wins country’s first marathon medal

Matea Parlov Koštro (Photo credit: Hannatoni/CC BY-SA 3.0)

She now joins Sandra Perković, Blanka Vlašić and Sara Kolak as the only female Croatians to win a medal at a major athletics competition. 

Matea also holds the national record in Croatia in the 2000 metre steeplechase, 3000 metres and 10 kilometre discipline. 

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