We were very privileged and fortunate to holiday in Croatia for three or four weeks in March and April this year. I am entirely in love with the country and its people.
As we were waiting for our return flight there was a crowd gathering at the International Arrivals at Zagreb Airport and off I went to see what the excitement was about.
Through the doors come Croatia’s elite Clay Target shooter Josip Glasnović and next to him I see a familiar face which I could not place at first – then it dawned on me – I had written an article about the Olympic Trap and here was another Croatian champion, Giovanni Cernogoraz – the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist.
What a formidable team:
The 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist who had just equaled the world record with an amazing 125/125. His coach Giovanni Cernogoraz at his side.
He reached the trap final at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, where he finished 5th.
In 2013 he won Gold at the European Shotgun Championships in Larnaca and in 2013 two Gold medals at European
Shotgun Championships in Suhl.
Zagreb is his hometown where he lives with his wife and two children.
Cernogoraz started with the sport at an early age, initially becoming interested in it through hunting.
After narrowly missing 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Cernogoraz managed to qualify for 2012 Olympic Games after winning the ISSF World Cup in Beijing in 2011.
At the 2012 Olympics, he managed to qualify for the Olympic final in sixth place with a score of 122. In the final, Cernogoraz scored 24 out of a possible 25, with a total score of 146, equalling the Olympic record and securing a shoot-off where he won the gold.
Giovanni Cernogoraz lives in the town of Novigrad in Croatia, where he works as a waiter at his father’s restaurant.
Well done Croatia and well done Josip and Giovanni.