Hungary claimed 4 gold, 6 silver and 9 bronze medals, finishing 13th on the medal table of the second European Games held in Minsk.
Hungary competeed with one of the biggest crews, bringing 122 competitors in total to the Belorussian capital. Not surprisingly, kayak-canoe brought the best performance, claiming all four golds, and five out of six silvers in this sport. The gold medalists are:
Bálint Kopasz (kayak, 1000 m & 5000 m); Virág Balla and Kincső Devecseriné Takács (canoe, 500 m); Anna Kárász, Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes, Erika Medveczky (kayak, 500 m).
Anna Kárász, Danuta Kozák, Tamara Csipes, Erika Medveczky after winning in 500m.
Attila Ungvári (judo, 81 kg); Gréta Kerekes (100 m hurdles); István Péni (shooting, sport small bore rifle 3×40); Tamás Lőrincz (greco-roman wrestling, 77 kg); Viktor Lőrincz (greco-roman wrestling, 87 kg); Sára Péter (gymnastics, jumps); Martial Tadissi (karate, 67 kg); Gábor Hárspataki (karate, 75 kg); Dávid Vecsernyés (gymnastics, high bar).
Péter Sidi in the air rifle final.
The European Games, held for the 2nd time after Baku in 2015, is aimed at becoming the continent’s Olympics similarly to other, continental multi-sport events. Although it is in its inital phase, its overall importance and prestige are still questioned by many.
While ten of the sports offer qualification opportunity for the upcoming Olympic Games, and in certain sports (e.g. kayak-canoe, judo) it serves as the European championships, many sports are still not represented, and there are certain sports that are not Olympic sports at all (e.g. aerobics or beach football), or which lack the outstanding figures.
In total, 15 sports were represented and Russia emerged winner of the medal table, followed by the hosts, and Ukraine.