Saturday, August 21, 2004

Dream Evening

It took them four gruelling hours, but they did it. Ivan Ljubičić (Ivan Ljubicic) and Mario Ančić (Mario Ancic) have just beat formidable Indian tandem of Bhupati and Paes and thus won Olympic bronze medal in tennis doubles.

This is second Croatian medal this evening. Duje Draganja, native of Split, has already won silver in 50 m freestyle swimming.

The last victory was marked by few sporadic shots in Split. This is far from the way Split citizens used to celebrate Hajduk triumphs but at least it is a sign that someone in this town can appreciate athletes other than soccer player. Unfortunately, this kind of admiration tends to happen only during Olympics. When the athletes aren't competing or when there isn't any realistic chance of gold medals, things like athletics, swimming, handball and tennis get instantly forgotten.


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