November 10, 2021 – Croatian sailor Tonči Stipanović won the bronze medal at the ILCA 7 (formerly Laser) World Championships, which ended on Wednesday in Barcelona with great difficulty.
Wednesday was to be the decisive day with three final races, but three of the total six days of competition could not take place due to unfavorable weather conditions in Barcelona! After towering waves in the morning prevented the fleet from entering the regatta, the rain then started, which forced the regatta committee to declare that no one would be sailing today.
Under such conditions, 35-year-old Tonči Stipanović retained the bronze medal, which is the third world medal for the double Olympic silver medalist and member of the Split Mornar sailing club. In 2010 he won silver and last year he won bronze in Australia.
This is his tenth major medal overall in laser, and the world bronze medal came the same year as the Tokyo Olympic silver, so Tonči can be proud of his achievements in 2021.
Stipanović’s club colleague and current European vice-champion Filip Jurišić took 21st place with 126 negative points, and third Croatian representative Bruno Gaspić finished 48th with 194 negative points.
New Zealander Thomas Saunders is the new world champion, and silver went to Irishman Finn Lynch.
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