Road to Minsk (Photo: Badminton Photo)
Flashback to 2015
Date: 3/2/2019 10:46 AM
Published by : Alan Raftery
We are now less than four months away from the 2019 European Games, which will be held in Minsk, Belarus from 21-30 June. A sensational 15 sport spectacle, with Europe’s top Badminton players representing their countries in their attempt to bring back home the medals. 

How it went down four years ago

It’s 2015, Baku, Azerbaijan. The 2015 European Games became the inaugural edition of the European Games. On this special occasion, the Badminton event did not disappoint, with the following stars securing medals:

Men’s Singles
Gold – Pablo Abian (Spain) 
Silver – Emil Holst (Denmark)
Bronze – Dieter Domke (Germany) & Kestutis Navickas (Lithuania)

Women’s Singles
Gold – Line Kjaersfeldt (Denmark) 
Silver – Lianne Tan (Belgium)
Bronze – Petya Nedelcheva (Bulgaria) & Clara Azurmendi (Spain)

Men’s Doubles
Gold – Mathias Boe/ Carsten Mogensen (Denmark) 
Silver – Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov (Russia)
Bronze – Raphael Beck/ Andeas Heinz (Germany) & Joshua Magee/ Sam Magee (Ireland)

Women’s Doubles
Gold – Gabriela Stoeva/ Stefani Stoeva (Bulgaria) 
Silver – Ekaterina Bolotova/ Evgeniya Kosetskaya (Russia)
Bronze – Lena Grebak/ Maria Helsbol (Denmark) & Ozge Bayrak/ Neslihan Yigit (Turkey)

Mixed Doubles
Gold – Niclas Nohr/ Sara Thygesen (Denmark) 
Silver – Gaetan Mittelheisser/ Audray Fontaine (France)
Bronze – Raphael Beck/ Kira Kattenbeck (Germany) & Sam Magee/ Chloe Magee (Ireland)

Denmark came out top with 5 medals, 3 of them gold. Followed by Bulgaria and Spain, both returning home with a gold and bronze each. 

Fast forward back to 2019, we are gearing up for an even bigger and better competition, with the added Olympic qualification points they carry. The badminton tournament is played from 24-30 June in the Minsk Falcon Club. 

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