40-Year-Old Vasilij Žbogar, the Best Slovenian Yachtsman of All Times, Became Olympic Vice-Champion in the “Finn” Class
The Silver medallist of the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro Vasilij Žbogar replenished the collection of medals of the national team of Slovenia. The 4th medal for the national team of Slovenian and the 3rd medal for a happy veteran who participates in the fifth Olympic Games in a row.
Sixth place in the final regatta appeared to be sufficient to save the second place in the overall standings. Vasilij Žbogar could breathe a sigh of relief and enjoy the silver medal — his third Olympic medal. “On Sunday, I could not guarantee a medal to myself and was greatly concerned. For a week, I was entering the start in a blue shirt of the second sailor, but, nevertheless, at the end, I won it,” a 40-year-old sailor from Izola made no secret of his happiness even in spite of fatigue.
The second most experienced athlete in the current Olympic national team of Slovenia (he is only younger than biathlete Boštjan Maček) celebrated a significant strategic success on the final day of the competition. Having given the way to the American Caleb Paine and the newly titled Champion Gil Scott, according to all indicators in the overall standings, he was ahead of two dangerous chasers: Ivan Kljaković Gašpič and Max Salminen. Thus, he managed to preserve the final second place and celebrated success when crossing the final buoy.
“I knew I had to avoid mistakes at the start. The start was successful. I found myself in the company of a Swede and a Croat. The leaders went forward, which suited me. I manged to control the rest opponents. I could not count on the wind — just on the mistakes of my rivals,” Vasilij Žbogar described his last Olympic battle, which this time was winning thanks to the successful start and stable results in the previous distances.