Warsaw, October 26,  2019 - The most successful and promising young Croatian athlete, 16-year-old swimmer Franko Grgić, did not receive the award for the Best Young European Athlete 2019 in the ninth summer edition of the Piotr Nurowski Award presented by the European Olympic Committees (EOO). Grgić was among the five finalists, but the votes of the EOCs Assembly members ruled that this year's award went to the 18-year-old Ukrainian high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh. A month ago, Ukrainian won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships, by jumping 204 centimeters, setting up thus a personal record, but also a new World Junior Record.

This year, Grgić won the titles of World Junior Champion in 800 and 1500 M Freestyle, and in 1500 M he set up a new Junior World Record and achieved the standard for performance at Tokyo Olympics in 2020. He won two more gold medals in the same discipline at the European Youth Summer Olympic Festival (EYOF).

Last month, Franko Grgić was elected the Ambassador of the COC campaign Towards the Sun for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 along with taekwondoka Kristina Tomić.

Franko Grgić deserves all the congratulations for the great 2019 and entering the finals of the 9th  edition of the European Piotr Nurowski Award. (COC/VK)

In addition to Grgić and Mahuchikh, the other nominees were Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa, Estonian cyclist  Madis Mikhelis and Hungarian  swordfighter Lizi Pusztai.