On the last day of the European Taekwondo Championships in Sofia, Croatian national team players Doris Pole and Ivan Šapina won bronze medals in the 73 kg and 87 kg categories respectively.
Dubrava member Doris Pole defeated Greek Merck by 30:9 in the first round. In the quarterfinals, she beat the Dutchman Oogink with a golden point ten seconds before the end of the extra round in an amazing way. In the semifinals, the Poles lost to Milica Mandic from Serbia (the 2012 London Olympic champion).
Ivan Šapina of Marjan from Split participated in the competition without any major problems. He skipped the representative of Kosovo Bajra with a score of 25:5. In the quarter-finals, in order to compete for the gold medal, he defeated the national team of Azerbaijan Gobadi 14:13, won the fifth medal for Croatia and the fourth for Marjan. It is also the only men’s medal for Croatia at the European Championships. In the semifinals, Russia Kiritenko beat Shapina 14:10.
On Sunday, Iva Radoš from Osvit in Zagreb also took part in the competition. In the first round of the heavyweight competition, he defeated Christido of Greece 11:6 and won the quarterfinals. In an uncertain battle, the game reached its golden point, and Radosh unfortunately and awkwardly failed to win a medal ten seconds before the end of the next round. Although in the fourth round, due to the opponent’s warning, she had two offenses and a half-point advantage, but before the end of the game, she was hit and won the fifth place championship.
In the first round of the heavyweight category, Marjan member Ivan Vrgoč from Split celebrated with his score against Diamanditis of Greece, and the result was 32:1. In the eighth final, the first winner, the current world champion and two European champions, as well as the winner of two other world medals, Russian Vladislav Lalin, are waiting for him. Although he performed well in the first round and only lost 1:0, in the second round, Larin proved why he was a convincing first place in the world rankings and the Olympic rankings. The Russian ended the game at 12-0, after which the coach of Vrgočev gave up the fight.
Therefore, Croatia won a total of five medals, three gold medals and two bronze medals in Sofia. Matea Jelic, Bruna Vuletic and Lena Stojkovic won gold medals earlier.