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Ukraine

Ukraine

Ukraine was represented by 241 athletes at Baku 2015, winning eight gold, 14 silver and 24 bronze medals.

The country ranked eighth in the final standings.

Archer Viktor Ruban, a men's team gold medallist, served as Ukraine's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while Olga Maznichenko, a member of the silver medal-winning women's 3x3 basketball team, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Fencing and artistic gymnastics both produced two gold medals for Ukraine and the nation also tasted victory in archery, judo, swimming and wrestling.

Artistic gymnast Oleg Verniaiev won the men’s vault and men’s individual all-around titles at Baku 2015 and went onto claim parallel bars gold and all-around silver at the following year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Sergey Bubka, President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Turkey

Turkey

Turkey was represented by 190 athletes at Baku 2015, winning six gold, four silver and 19 bronze medals.

The country ranked 14th in the final standings.

Karateka Enes Erkan served as Turkey's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Ebru Sahin, the silver medallist in the women's under-48 kilograms event, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Three of Turkey’s gold medals were won in karate through Burak Uygur in the men’s kumite under-67kg, Erkan in the men’s kumite over-84kg and Serap Ozcelik in the women’s kumite under-50kg.

Wrestling provided a further two titles with the other one coming in volleyball.


Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerland was represented by 123 athletes at Baku 2015, winning seven gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

The country ranked 13th in the final standings.

Artistic gymnast Giulia Steingruber served as Switzerland's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while fencer Bruce Brunold did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Two gold medals went the nation's way in mountain bike cycling, courtesy of Nino Schurter and Jolanda Neff in the men’s and women’s cross-country events respectively, as well artistic gymnastics, thanks to Steingruber’s performances in the women’s floor exercise and women’s vault.  

Steingruber has since established herself as an Olympic and world bronze medallist in the women’s vault. 


Sweden

Sweden

Sweden was represented by 72 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 29th in the final standings.

Wrestler Sofia Mattsson served as Sweden's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while boxer Anna Laurell Nash, the women's 75 kilograms silver medallist, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Mattsson secured Sweden’s solitary gold medal with victory in the women’s 55kg freestyle event.

She went onto claim the women’s 53kg freestyle bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


Spain

Spain

Spain was represented by 207 athletes at Baku 2015, winning eight gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze medals.

The country ranked 10th in the final standings.

Taekwondo player Joel González, a bronze medallist in the men's 68 kilograms event, served as Spain's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while badminton player Pablo Abián, the men's singles champion, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Two of the nation's gold medals came in karate with Damián Quintero and Sandra Sánchez Jaime winning the men’s and women’s kata events respectively.

There was also solitary successes in aerobic and artistic gymnastics, archery, badminton, road cycling and shooting.

Alejandro Blanco, the President of the Spanish Olympic Committee, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019. 


Slovenia

Slovenia

Slovenia was represented by 80 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 30th in the final standings.

Table tennis player Bojan Tokič served as Slovenia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Anamari Velenšek, who claimed a bronze medal in the women's 78 kilograms and women's team events, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Artistic gymnast Saso Bertoncelj was Slovenia’s solitary gold medallist after winning the men’s pommel horse event.

He went onto claim the silver medal at the 2018 European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow.

Slovenia’s Janez Kocijančič is the President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and is a member of the EOC Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovakia was represented by 177 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 23rd in the final standings.

Triathlete Richard Varga served as Slovakia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while volleyball player Radoslav Prešinský did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Slovakia claimed gold medals in the athletics team championship and mixed team trap event.


Serbia

Serbia

Serbia was represented by 133 athletes at Baku 2015, winning eight gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 12th in the final standings.

Taekwondo player Milica Mandić, the silver medallist in the women's over-67 kilograms event, served as Serbia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while Dušan Domović Bulut, a member of the bronze medal-winning men's 3x3 basketball team, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Four of the nation's gold medals came in shooting, including those for Damir Mikec in the men’s 50 metres pistol and men’s 10m air pistol.

Canoe sprint accounted for two of the other four with sambo and water polo producing one each.

Djordje Visacki, the secretary general of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


San Marino

San Marino

San Marino was represented by nine athletes at Baku 2015, winning one silver and one bronze medal.

The country ranked 35th in the final standings.

Both medals came in shooting with Arianna Perilli taking silver in the women’s trap and younger sister Alessandra partnering Manuel Mancini to bronze in the mixed team trap.

Alessandra Perilli served as San Marino's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Beatrice Felici did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Russia

Russia

Russia was represented by 351 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 79 gold, 40 silver and 45 bronze medals.

The country finished comfortably top of the final standings with 58 gold medals separating them from runners-up Azerbaijan.

Wrestler Khadzhimurat Gatsalov served as Russia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Anton Chupkov, a winner of four gold medals, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Much of Russia’s success came as a result of its domination in the pool, claiming 23 swimming titles. 

A further 11 were added in wrestling, while rhythmic gymnastics garnered seven.

Following an inter-state agreement signed between Russia and Belarus in May 2018, fans travelling to Minsk 2019 will be able to pass through Russian territory without a visa.

Meanwhile, Russian company, Art City 5, will partner with a Belarus creative team to produce the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Minsk 2019.

The firm is headed by Igor Krutoy, a musician and producer.


Romania

Romania

Romania was represented by 147 athletes at Baku 2015, winning three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

The country ranked 17th in the final standings.

London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning shooter Alin Moldoveanu served as Romania’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while fencer Ana Maria Branza did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Fencing produced two gold medals for Romania with Branza winning the women’s individual épée event and contributing to victory in the women’s team épée competition.

Judoka Andreea Chitu also delivered top honours for the nation in the women’s under-52 kilograms category.


Portugal

Portugal

Portugal was represented by 103 athletes at Baku 2015, winning three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 18th in the final standings.

Shooter João Costa, the men’s 10 metres air pistol silver medallist, served as Portugal’s flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Telma Monteiro did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Monteiro was among the nation’s trio of gold medallists having won the women’s under-57 kilograms event.

There was also success for taekwondo player Rui Braganca in the men’s under-58kg competition and Portugal’s men’s table tennis team.


Poland

Poland

Poland was represented by 213 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, eight silver and 10 bronze medals.

The country ranked 19th in the final standings.

Volleyball player Dawid Konarski served as Poland's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while Fencer Angelika Wator did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Canoeist Marta Walczykiewicz was one of Poland’s two gold medallists after winning the women’s K1 200 metres, an event in which she would go onto claim silver at the following year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Wator also tasted victory, topping the podium in the women’s individual sabre competition.

The National Olympic Committee of Belarus and the Polish Olympic Committee are due to hold a joint sports event in the run-up to the Minsk 2019 European Games.

It will take place in May on the Augustów Canal, which lies on the border between the two countries, and include athletics, cycling and canoeing.


Norway

Norway

Norway was represented by 53 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two bronze medals.

Fencer Bartosz Piasecki finished third in the men’s individual épée event, while wrestler Grace Bullen rounded out the podium in the women’s 58 kilograms freestyle competition.

Bullen served as Norway's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Marte Loevberg did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Norway’s Svein Arne Hansen, the President of European Athletics, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Netherlands

Netherlands

The Netherlands was represented by 117 athletes at Baku 2015, winning eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze medals.

The country ranked ninth in the final standings.

Taekwondo player Reshmie Oogink served as The Netherlands' flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while BMX cyclist Twan van Gendt, the silver medallist in the men's event, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Three of the nation's gold medals were won in judo, while boxing, road cycling, artistic gymnastics, swimming and table tennis all produced one Dutch triumph.

The Netherlands had originally been awarded the hosting rights to the 2019 European Games, but it withdrew in June 2015, just two days after the Opening Ceremony of the inaugural edition in Azerbaijan’s capital.

The plan failed to earn enough support from The Netherlands' then Sports Minister Edith Schippers and the Government after the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation had asked for a financial contribution of nearly €60 million (£52 million/$69 million) towards the original budget of €125 million (£109 million/$143 million).


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