November 10, 2021 – Croatian sailor Tonči Stipanović won the bronze medal at the ILCA 7 (formerly Laser) World Championships, which ended Wednesday in Barcelona with great difficulty.
Wednesday was to be the decisive day with three final races, but three of the six days of competition in total could not take place due to the unfavorable weather conditions in Barcelona! After the towering morning waves prevented the fleet from entering the regatta, the rain then started, forcing the regatta committee to declare that no one would be sailing today.
Under such conditions, Tonči Stipanović, 35, retained the bronze medal, which is the third world medal for the two-time Olympic silver medalist and member of the Split Mornar Sailing Club. In 2010 he won silver and last year bronze in Australia.
This is his tenth major Laser medal overall, and world bronze came in the same year as Tokyo Olympic silver, so Tonči can be proud of his accomplishments in 2021.
Stipanović’s club colleague and current European finalist 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 the money has gone to Irishman Finn Lynch.
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