The final day of the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht proved to be the most successful for Slovenian athletes.20. July 2013 Utrecht 2013 Five medals on the last day of EYOF Utrecht 2013.
The men’s handball and women’s volleyball teams won gold medals while bronzes were won by judoist Rok Polajžer (up to 90 kg), Leda Krošelj in the pole vault and swimmer Neža Kocijan. Voleyball players played their final match against Serbia, beating them with 3:1 (22, 12, -24, 33), while the handball team won over Norway with 28:23 (19:11).
“It feels amazing. It was a quiet shared dream, but now we did it. We proved that we can win over anybody, even though we are a small country,” said Urh Kastelic, one of the heroes of today’s win after the tournament, who locked his gates in the final part of the second period. “I’m super satisfied, but without such defense and the team, I could not have done it. It’s a team sport," added Kastelic, who will be carrying the Slovenian flag at the closing ceremony.
“None of us could believe it, especially the first two sets. Then our lack of concetration in the third set again showed its teeth. In the fourth the provocations started on the net. We said we will not give it to them, as it’s ours. We simply left our heart out on the field," said volleyball player Eva Mori, who will be playing with the rest of the team at the World Championships in Thailand at the end of July.
At the 12th EYOF, the Slovenian team won a record 11 medals. Gold medals were won by the women’s volleyball team, Aneja Simončič in the 400 m hurdles and the men’s handball team, a silver by Leda Krošelj in the pole vault and bronzes by judoists Andreja Leški, Luka Harpf and Rok Polajžer, high jumper Lara Omerzu, Tina Božič in the triple and long jump and swimmer Neža Kocijan.