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Croatian canoeing lost Krešimir Krajina

Croatian canoeing lost Krešimir Krajina 1.4.2024

Croatian canoeing mourns the death of Krešimir Krajina, former canoe sprinter and canoeing coach. His sons Igor and Ivan followed his footsteps in world of canoeing.

Croatian canoe club Marsonia announced the passing of Krešimir Krajina, former successful canoe sprint and coach. In 1973 Krajina became champion of Yugoslavia in men’s C1 500 metres event at a championships held in Bajina Bašta. In that time Krajina achieved several other great results in either men’s C1 or C2 events. He was considered one of the main Croatian and Yugoslav rivals of legendary Matija Ljubek.
In the period 1997 – 1999 he coached successful C2 crew composed of his sons Igor and Ivan, until their departure to studies in Zagreb. From 2000 to 2004 he acted as a head coach in the Kayak Canoe Club Marsonia in Slavonski Brod, where he brought several young athletes to the national team as well as Croatian national champion titles.
His sons, Igor and Ivan followed father’s footsteps in the world of canoeing. Both were successful canoeists and continued to be successful coaches. Igor Krajina is now coach of a very successful canoeist Vanesa Tot.
We would like to express sincere condolences to his family and friends. Krešimir, rest in peace.