TOKYO, 26 July 2021 – Toni Kanaet (25) has claimed a bronze medal for Croatia at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Monday.
Kanaet beat Nikita Rafalovič 24-18 from Uzbekistan in the taekwondo 80kg bronze medal match to claim Croatia’s first men’s medal in Toyko and the first medal in Croatian men’s taekwondo history.
The Croatian started with a 22-15 victory over Raul Martinez in the round of 16 before losing his quarter-final match against Maksim Khramtsov from Russia 22-0.
Kanaet earned his bronze medal match after beating Faisal Sawadogo from Burkina Faso 30-10 in the repechage.
From Split, Kanaet is a member of the Marjan Taekwondo Club and is the current vice-champion of Europe. His father was a boxer and from a young age, Toni has been into martial arts.
🇭🇷 ima olimpijsko odličje na Igrama u Tokiju! 🙌— Hrvatski olimpijski odbor (@hrv_olimp_odbor) July 26, 2021
Taekwondaš Toni Kanaet je osvojio brončanu medalju u kategoriji do 80 kg. ❤ 🤍
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Later on Monday afternoon, Matea Jelić, who is also a member of the Marjan Taekwondo Club, will take on Great Britain’s Lauren Williams the 67kg final.