Barcelona, 10 November 2021 - Fantastic Croatian sailor Tonči Stipanović continued this year’s medal harvest. He won a bronze medal at the Ilca 7 (formerly Laser) World Championships at the regatta field near Barcelona (Spain).
Wednesday was supposed to be the D-day with as many as three final races, but the races near Barcelona were cancelled due to adverse conditions, even on the third of six days of competition. After too high waves in the morning prevented the fleet from going to the regatta field, it started raining, forcing the regatta committee to declare the end of the competition, that is – no races today. New Zealand’s Thomas Saunders is the new World Champion, with Ireland's Finn Lynch as winner of silver medal.
In such conditions, Stipanović, 35, retained his bronze, which is the third world medal for member of the Split club Mornar (Sailor) and two-time Olympic Champion. In 2010 he won silver, and he also won bronze in Australia last year.
This is his 10th major medal in Laser in total, and the world bronze came in the same year as the Olympic silver from Tokyo, so Tonči can be proud of 2021.
Stipanović's clubmate and current European Champion Filip Jurišić finished 21st with 126 negative points, and Croatia's third representative, Bruno Gašpić, finished 48th with 194 negative points.
Croatian Olympic Committee (NOC of Croatia) congratulates the brilliant sailor Tonči Stipanović on winning bronze medal at the World Championships in Barcelona!