Croatia at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Croatia at the Olympic Games

Flag of Croatia
IOC code  CRO
NOC Croatian Olympic Committee
Website www.hoo.hr (Croatian) (English)
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens
Competitors 81 (66 men and 15 women) in 14 sports
Flag bearer Dubravko Šimenc (opening)
Siniša Skelin (closing)
Medals
Rank: 44
Gold
1
Silver
2
Bronze
2
Total
5
Olympic history (summary)
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
Austria (1900)
Yugoslavia (1920–1988)

Croatia competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. The team included 81 athletes in 14 sports, 30 members of expert teams, six Olympic Mission members, as well as three doctors and seven physiotherapists, organized by the Croatian Olympic Committee.

The flag of Croatia at the opening ceremony was carried by noted water polo player Dubravko Šimenc, who participated in three previous Olympic Games and won two medals, as well as various other medals in other tournaments.

The flag of Croatia at the closing ceremony was carried by noted rower Siniša Skelin, who won a silver medal on these Olympic Games and participated in the two previous Olympic Games and won one other medal.

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event
 Gold Balić, IvanoIvano Balić
Davor Dominiković
Mirza Džomba
Slavko Goluža
Nikša Kaleb
Blaženko Lacković
Venio Losert
Valter Matošević
Petar Metličić
Vlado Šola
Denis Špoljarić
Goran Šprem
Igor Vori
Drago Vuković
Vedran Zrnić
Handball Men's Team Competition
 Silver Draganja, DujeDuje Draganja Swimming Men's 50m Freestyle
 Silver Skelin, SinišaSiniša Skelin
Nikša Skelin
Rowing Men's Coxless Pairs
 Bronze Ančić, MarioMario Ančić
Ivan Ljubičić
Tennis Men's Doubles
 Bronze Pešalov, NikolajNikolaj Pešalov Weightlifting Men's Lightweight (69 kg)

Athletics[edit]

Men
Track and Road Events
Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Branko Zorko 1500 m 3:48.28 10 N/A Did not advance
Jurica Grabušić 110 m Hurdles 13.87 8 Did not advance
Field Events
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Siniša Ergotić Long Jump 7.77 26 Did not advance
Edis Elkasević Shot Put 18.44 36 Did not advance
Nedžad Mulabegović 19.07 29 Did not advance
Dragan Mustapić Discus Throw 54.66 34 Did not advance
András Haklits Hammer Throw 74.43 21 Did not advance
Edi Ponoš Javelin Throw 71.43 33 Did not advance
Women
Field Events
Athlete Event Qualifying Final
Result Rank Result Rank
Blanka Vlašić High Jump 1.95 7 Q 1.89 11
Vera Begić Discus Throw 57.31 29 Did not advance
Ivana Brkljačić Hammer Throw 68.21 13 Did not advance
Sanja Gavrilović 56.79 45 Did not advance

Boxing[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Marijo Šivolija Light Heavyweight  Muñoz (VEN)
L 23-31
Did not advance
Vedran Đipalo Light Heavyweight N/A  Forsyth (AUS)
L 22-32
Did not advance

Canoeing[edit]

Slalom
Men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final Rank
Points Rank Points Rank Points Total
Danko Herceg C-1 204.17 6 Q 203.49 12 Did not advance
Dinko Mulić K-1 210.76 22 Did not advance
Flatwater
Men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Emanuel Horvatiček C-1 500m 1:55.528 5 QS 2:06.347 8 Did not advance
C-1 1000m 4:27.662 7 QS 4:24.604 7 Did not advance

Equestrian[edit]

Eventing
Individual
Athlete Horse Dressage Cross-Country Jumping Rank
Penalties Rank Penalties Total Rank Pen Rd 1 Total Rank Pen Rd 2 Total
Pepo Puch Banville d'Ivoy 68.6 65 80.6 149.2 66 9 158.2 63 Did not advance

Handball[edit]

Men
Team Roster

Head coaches: Lino Červar

No. Pos. Name Date of birth (age) Height App. Goals Club
1 GK Losert, VenioVenio Losert (1976-07-25)25 July 1976 (aged 28) 1.91 m Spain Granollers
2 LW Kaleb, NikšaNikša Kaleb (1973-03-09)9 March 1973 (aged 31) 1.84 m Croatia HC Zagreb
4 CB Balić, IvanoIvano Balić (1979-04-01)1 April 1979 (aged 25) 1.89 m Spain Portland San Antonio
6 LB Lacković, BlaženkoBlaženko Lacković (1980-12-25)25 December 1980 (aged 23) 1.95 m Germany SG Flensburg
7 RW Zrnić, VedranVedran Zrnić (1979-09-26)26 September 1979 (aged 24) 1.88 m Slovenia HC Gorenje Velenje
9 P Vori, IgorIgor Vori (1980-09-20)20 September 1980 (aged 23) 2.02 m Croatia HC Zagreb
10 LB Dominiković, DavorDavor Dominiković (1978-04-07)7 April 1978 (aged 26) 2.03 m Germany Kornau Ostringen
11 RW Džomba, MirzaMirza Džomba (1977-02-28)28 February 1977 (aged 27) 1.90 m Spain BM Ciudad Real
12 GK Šola, VladoVlado Šola (1968-11-17)17 November 1968 (aged 35) 1.94 m Hungary HC Fotex Veszprem
14 RB Vuković, DragoDrago Vuković (1983-08-03)3 August 1983 (aged 21) 1.94 m Croatia HC Zagreb
15 CB Goluža, SlavkoSlavko Goluža (1971-09-17)17 September 1971 (aged 32) 1.95 m Hungary HC Fotex Veszprem
16 GK Matošević, ValterValter Matošević (1970-06-11)11 June 1970 (aged 34) 1.93 m Germany Wilhelmshavener HV
17 LW Šprem, GoranGoran Šprem (1979-07-06)6 July 1979 (aged 25) 1.83 m Croatia HC Zagreb
18 CB Špoljarić, DenisDenis Špoljarić (1979-08-20)20 August 1979 (aged 24) 1.94 m Croatia HC Zagreb
19 RB Metličić, PetarPetar Metličić (1976-12-25)25 December 1976 (aged 27) 1.94 m Spain HC Ademar Leon
Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Points
 Croatia 5 5 0 0 146 129 17 10
 Spain 5 4 0 1 154 137 17 8
 South Korea 5 2 0 3 148 148 0 4
 Russia 5 2 0 3 145 145 0 4
 Iceland 5 1 0 4 143 158 -15 2
 Slovenia 5 1 0 4 130 149 -19 2
14 August 2004
19:30
Croatia  34 - 30  Iceland Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Metličić 8 (16-12) Stefansson 8
Suspension 3×Booked [1] Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card
16 August 2004
11:30
Slovenia  26 - 27  Croatia Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Oie, Togstad (NOR)
Brumen 10 (10-13) Vori 8
Suspension 3×Booked 2×Red card [2] Suspension 3×Booked 1×Red card
18 August 2004
09:30
Croatia  29 - 26  South Korea Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Bord, Buy (FRA)
Džomba 9 (12-10) Yoon 8
Suspension 3×Booked [3] Suspension 3×Booked
20 August 2004
19:30
Russia  25 - 26  Croatia Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
Torgovanov, Rastvortsev 6 (14-10) Lacković 9
Suspension 2×Booked [4] Suspension 3×Booked
22 August 2004
11:30
Croatia  30 - 22  Spain Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Baum, Goralczyk (POL)
Džomba 7 (15-9) García 5
Suspension 3×Booked [5] Suspension 3×Booked
Quarterfinal
24 August 2004
16:30
Croatia  33 - 27  Greece Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Lemme, Ullrich (GER)
Džomba 11 (19-11) Balomenos, Alvanos 6
 3×Booked [6] Suspension 4×Booked
Semifinal
27 August 2004
14:30
Croatia  33 - 31  Hungary Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Arnaldsson, Vidarsson (ISL)
Balić 9 (18-16) Pérez 8
Suspension 3×Booked [7] Suspension 3×Booked
Gold Medal Final
29 August 2004
16:45
Croatia  26 - 24  Germany Sports Pavilion, Athens
Referees: Hansson, Olsson (SWE)
Džomba 9 (11-12) Kretzschmar 9
Suspension 3×Booked [8] Suspension 3×Booked
1 Won Gold Medal

Rowing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Repechage Semifinals Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Siniša Skelin
Nikša Skelin
Coxless Pair 7:01.28 2 SA/B BYE 6:23.57 2 FA 6:32.64 2
Damir Vučičić
Igor Boraska
Petar Milin
Marko Dragičević
Coxless Four 6:34.05 4 R 5:58.48 3 SA/B 6:05.54 6 FB 5:57.36 12

Qualification Legend: FA=Final A (medal); FB=Final B (non-medal); FC=Final C (non-medal); FD=Final D (non-medal); FE=Final E (non-medal); FF=Final F (non-medal); SA/B=Semifinals A/B; SC/D=Semifinals C/D; SE/F=Semifinals E/F; R=Repechage

Sailing[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Race Score Rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Karlo Kuret Finn 6 2 10 8 12 18 7 5 3 3 5 61 4
Tomislav Bašić
Petar Cupać
470 16 10 19 5 20 26 21 25 1 7 12 136 19
Open
Athlete Event Race Score Rank
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Mate Arapov Laser 6 11 2 22 OCS 13 3 25 29 25 3 139 14

Scoring abbreviations are defined as follows: OCS – On course side of the starting line, DSQ – Disqualified, DNF – Did Not Finish, DNS – Did Not Start, RDG – Redress Given

Shooting[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Qualification Final Rank
Score Rank Score Total
Mirela Skoko-Celić 10 m Air Pistol 381 15 Did not advance
25 m Pistol 569 =27 Did not advance

Swimming[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Heats Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Duje Draganja 50 m Freestyle 22.28 5 Q 22.19 8 Q 21.94 2
100 m Freestyle 49.07 4 Q 49.14 6 Q 49.23 6
Mario Delač 200 m Freestyle 1:55.82 54 Did not advance
Nenad Buljan 400 m Freestyle 4:02.76 37 N/A Did not advance
1500 m Freestyle 15:56.54 29 N/A Did not advance
Gordan Kožulj 100 m Backstroke 55.80 16 Q 56.02 14 Did not advance
200 m Backstroke 2:00.94 12 Q 1:59.61 9 Did not advance
Vanja Rogulj 100 m Breaststroke 1:03.16 26 Did not advance
200 m Breaststroke 2:18.81 37 Did not advance
Duje Draganja 100 m Butterfly 52.56 6 Q 52.74 8 Q 52.46 7
Krešimir Čač 200 I.M. 2:05.33 34 Did not advance
Saša Imprić 400 I.M. 4:32.02 32 N/A Did not advance
Duje Draganja
Mario Delač
Ivan Mladina
Igor Čerenšek
4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay 3:21.01 13 N/A Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heats Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Petra Banović 200 m Freestyle 2:04.24 32 Did not advance
Anita Galić 400 m Freestyle 4:26.09 37 N/A Did not advance
800 m Freestyle 9:10.91 28 N/A Did not advance
Sanja Jovanović 100 m Backstroke 1:02.47 =17 Did not advance
200 m Backstroke 2:15.01 16 Q 2:13.76 13 Did not advance
Smiljana Marinović 100 m Breaststroke 1:11.00 20 Did not advance
200 m Breaststroke 2:32.52 17 Did not advance
Petra Banović 200 I.M. 2:20.83 25 Did not advance

Table tennis[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Zoran Primorac Singles BYE  Miličević (BIH)
W 4-1
 Ma (CHN)
L 1-4
Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Tamara Boroš Singles BYE  Kravchenko (ISR)
W 4-0
 Pavlovich (BLR)
W 4-2
 Zhang (CHN)
L 0-4
Did not advance
Cornelia Vaida  Lay (AUS)
L 0-4
Did not advance
Tamara Boroš
Cornelia Vaida
Doubles BYE  Strbikova/Vachovcova (CZE)
W 4-1
 Bátorfi/Tóth (HUN)
W 4-1
 Kim B-R/Kim K-A (KOR)
L 0-4
Did not advance

Taekwondo[edit]

Women
Athlete Event Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Repechage Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Sandra Šarić 67 kg  Solheim (NOR)
L 2-5
Did not advance
Nataša Vezmar +67 kg N/A  Dawani (JOR)
L 4-5
Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Mario Ančić Singles  Haas (GER)
L 1-6, 5-7
Did not advance
Ivo Karlović  Pavel (ROU)
W 6-4, 610-712, 6-2
 Clément (FRA)
W 77-64, 4-6, 6-4
 Moyá (ESP)
L 6-4, 63-77, 4-6
Did not advance
Ivan Ljubičić  Sargsian (ARM)
W 6-3, 6-2
 Johansson (SWE)
W 77-63, 6-4
 Dent (USA)
L 4-6, 4-6
Did not advance
Mario Ančić
Ivan Ljubičić
Doubles N/A  Björkman/
Johansson (SWE)
W W/O
 Damm/Suk (CZE)
W 78-66, 62-77, 7-5
 Llodra/Santoro (FRA)
W 4-6, 6-3, 9-7
 González/Massú (CHI)
L 5-7, 6-4, 4-6
Bronze Medal Final
 Bhupathi/Paes (IND)
W 77-65, 4-6, 16-14
3
Women
Athlete Event Round of 64 Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Opposition
Result
Rank
Jelena Kostanić Singles  Brandi (PUR)
L 5-7, 1-6
Did not advance
Karolina Šprem  Dulko (ARG)
W 6-4, 78-66, 7-5
 Widjaja (INA)
W 6-3, 6-1
 Sugiyama (JPN)
L 66-78, 1-6
Did not advance
Jelena Kostanić
Karolina Šprem
Doubles N/A  Prakusya/Widjaja (INA)
W 6-3, 6-2
 Asagoe/Sugiyama (JPN)
L 3-6, 5-7
Did not advance

Water Polo[edit]

Men
Team Roster
Name Pos. Sh. Height Weight Date of Birth Club
1 Frano Vićan GK R 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 1976-01-24 Italy Sportiva Nervi
2 Damir Burić CB R 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 1980-12-02 Croatia Primorje EB
3 Tihomil Vranješ D R 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 1977-11-10 Croatia VK Jug Dubrovnik
4 Dubravko Šimenc CB R 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 1966-11-02 Italy Bissolati Cremona
5 Goran Volarević GK R 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 1977-04-02 Croatia VK Jug Dubrovnik
6 Ratko Štritof Captain CB R 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 1972-01-14 Italy Circolo Nautico Posillipo
7 Mile Smodlaka CF R 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 1976-01-01 Croatia VK Jug Dubrovnik
8 Danijel Premuš CF R 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 1981-04-15 Croatia Primorje EB
9 Nikola Franković D R 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 1982-11-09 Croatia Primorje EB
10 Samir Barač D R 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 1973-11-02 Italy Leonessa Brescia
11 Igor Hinić CF R 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 110 kg (240 lb) 1975-12-04 Italy Leonessa Brescia
12 Elvis Fatović D R 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 1971-05-08 Croatia VK Jug Dubrovnik
13 Vjekoslav Kobešćak D R 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 1974-01-20 Croatia HAVK Mladost
Head Coach: Croatia Zoran Roje
Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 5 5 0 0 44 27 +17 10
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 4 1 0 37 26 +11 8
 Russia 5 3 2 0 32 28 +4 6
 United States 5 2 3 0 32 37 -5 4
 Croatia 5 1 4 0 35 41 -6 2
 Kazakhstan 5 0 5 0 21 42 -21 0
August 15, 2004
22:15
[9] Croatia  6 – 7  United States Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Tulga (TUR), Bookelman (NED)
Score by quarters: 0-0, 0-3, 2-1, 4-3
Štritof 3 Goals Azevedo 3

August 17, 2004
22:15
[10] Hungary  10 – 8  Croatia Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Borrell (ESP), Bookelman (NED)
Score by quarters: 1-0, 4-2, 4-4, 1-2
Kásás, Biros 3 Goals Burić, Štritof 2

August 19, 2004
22:15
[11] Croatia  8 – 9  Russia Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Stavropoulos (GRE), Kratochvil (SVK)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 2-3, 1-1, 3-3
Franković, Fatović 2 Goals Zinnourov 2

August 21, 2004
21:00
[12] Serbia and Montenegro  11 – 8  Croatia Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Petronilli (ITA), Bookelman (NED)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 4-2, 3-3, 2-2
Šapić 5 Goals 3 players with 2

August 23, 2004
10:45
[13] Croatia  5 – 4  Kazakhstan Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Matache (ROU), Rezek (CZE)
Score by quarters: 2-2, 2-0, 0-0, 1-2
Smodlaka 2 Goals 4 players with 1

7th-12th Classification Quarterfinal
August 25, 2004
10:45
[14] Croatia  12 – 1  Egypt Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Zhong (CHN), Pinker (RSA)
Score by quarters: 4-0, 2-0, 4-0, 2-1
Burić 3 Goals Rezk 1

7th-10th Classification Semifinal
August 27, 2004
17:00
[15] Italy  11 – 7  Croatia Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Afanasiev (RUS), Koryzna (POL)
Score by quarters: 2-1, 3-4, 1-1, 5-1
Bencivenga 3 Goals Franković 3

9th-10th Place Classification
Aug 29, 2004
09:30
[16] Australia  8 – 7  Croatia Athens Olympic Aquatic Centre
Referees:
Kiszelly (HUN), Sayed Mahmoud (EGY)
Score by quarters: 2-0, 3-4, 1-1, 2-2
Whalan 5 Goals Franković 3

Weightlifting[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Nikolaj Pešalov 69 kg 150.0 3 187.5 =2 337.5 3

Officials[edit]

  • President: Zlatko Mateša
  • Secretary General: Ivica Stošić-Miočić

See also[edit]

External links[edit]