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Greece

Greece

Greece was represented by 132 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

The country ranked 28th in the final standings

Artistic gymnast Eleftherios Petrounias served as Greece's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Dimitrios Dimitriou, the silver medallist in the men's 400 metres freestyle, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Petrounias was the nation's sole gold medallist with victory in the men’s rings event.

He has since been crowned Olympic champion at Rio 2016 and has also claimed world titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018.


Great Britain

Great Britain

Great Britain was represented by 160 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 18 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals.

The country ranked third in the final standings.

Boxer Nicola Adams, the women's 51 kilograms gold medallist, served as Britain's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while another boxer, Joe Joyce, the men's over-91kg champion, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Swimming proved to be a particular source of joy for Britain with seven gold medals being won in the sport.


Germany

Germany

Germany was represented by 264 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 16 gold, 17 silver and 33 bronze medals.

The country ranked fourth in the final standings.

Artistic gymnast Fabian Hambüchen, the men's horizontal bar gold medallist and floor exercise silver medallist, served as Germany's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Martyna Trajdos, the women's 63 kilograms champion, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

The nation garnered three gold medals in canoe sprint, shooting and swimming as well as two in table tennis and one each in archery, diving, artistic gymnastics, judo and volleyball.


Georgia

Georgia

Georgia was represented by 104 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two gold, six silver and eight bronze medals.

The country ranked 21st in the final standings.

Greco-Roman wrestler Zurab Datunashvili served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Avtandili Tchrikishvili, the men's 81 kilograms gold medallist, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Much of Georgia’s success came in judo, including a gold medal for Adam Okruashvili in the men’s over-100kg event.


France

France

France was represented by 245 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 12 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals.

The country ranked fifth in the final standings.

London 2012 Olympic silver medal-winning shooter Celine Goberville served as France's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Nicolas D'Oriano, the winner of the men's 800 metres and 1,500m freestyle events, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

In April 2018, the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) secretary general Jean-Michel Brun held a meeting with the Belarus Ambassador to France Pavel Latushko to discuss preparations for Minsk 2019.

Brun and Latushko met at the headquarters of the CNOSF in Paris and discussed how France and Belarus could work more closely together in sports and, particularly, in the Olympic Movement.


Finland

Finland

Finland was represented by 96 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one bronze medal thanks to shooter Marko Kemppainen’s third-place finish in the men’s skeet event.

Artistic gymnast Tomi Tuuha served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while Chef de Mission Peter Brull did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Estonia

Estonia

Estonia was represented by 58 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one silver and two bronze medals.

The country ranked joint-33rd in the final standings with Moldova.

Wrestler Heiki Nabi, a bronze medallist in the men's Greco-Roman 130 kilograms event, served as Estonia's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Daniel Zaitsev did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Denmark

Denmark

Denmark was represented by 65 athletes at Baku 2015, winning four gold, three silver and five bronze medals.

The country ranked 16th in the final standings.

Shooter Stine Nielsen served as Denmark's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while badminton player Line Kjaersfeldt, the women's singles champion, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Three of Denmark’s gold medals came in badminton with there also being triumphs for Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the men’s doubles and Sara Thygesen and Niclas Nohr in the mixed doubles.

The other went the way of Simone Christensen, who proved too strong for the rest of the field in the women’s BMX cycling event.

Niels Nygaard, the President of the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Czech Republic was represented by 126 athletes at Baku 2015, winning two silver and five bronze medals.

The country ranked 32nd in the final standings.

Triathlete Tomas Svoboda served as Czech Republic's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Lukas Krpalek, the silver medallist in the men's 100 kilograms event, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Libor Varhaník, the President of Czech Athletics and a European Athletics Council member, is in charge of the Dynamic New Athletics (DNA) project, a new mixed team format of athletics which will debut on a major stage at Minsk 2019.

Held over two hours, DNA sees teams of men and women vie for supremacy in 10 events, which organisers say embraces "the basic athletics building-blocks of running, jumping and throwing".

The format was tested on September 27, 2018 at the Dinamo Stadium in Minsk, which will be a key venue at Minsk 2019.


Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus was represented by 22 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one medal, a silver, through shooters Georgios Achilleos and Andri Eleftheriou in the mixed team skeet event.

Artistic gymnast Marios Georgiou served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Andreas Kassas did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Cyprus’ Kikis Lazarides is the European Olympic Committees (EOC) treasurer and a member of the EOC Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Croatia

Croatia

Croatia was represented by 106 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold, four silver and six bronze medals.

The country ranked 26th in the final standings.

Shooter Snjezana Pejcic served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while boxer Josip Bepo Filipi, a bronze medallist in the men's 91 kilograms category, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Karateka Masa Martinovic was credited with Croatia’s solitary gold medal.

Zlatko Mateša, the former Prime Minister of Croatia and President of his country's National Olympic Committee, is the deputy chairman of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria was represented by 122 athletes at Baku 2015, winning one gold, four silver and five bronze medals.

The country ranked 27th in the final standings.

Shooter Maria Grozdeva served as Bulgaria's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while badminton player Stefani Stoeva did so at the Closing Ceremony.

Stoeva and older sister Gabriela secured their nation's solitary triumph by topping the women’s doubles badminton podium.


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina was represented by 56 athletes at Baku 2015, but failed to win a single medal.

Table tennis player Admir Duranspahić served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while judoka Larisa Cerić did so at the Closing Ceremony.


Belgium

Belgium

Belgium was represented by 117 athletes at Baku 2015, winning four gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

The country ranked 15th in the final standings.

Shooter Lionel Cox served as Belgium's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while badminton player Lianne Tan, silver medallist in the women's singles event, did so at the Closing Ceremony.

There were wins for Belgium in the women’s group balance, dynamic and all-around acrobatic gymnastics events, while judoka Charline van Snick also tasted victory.

Belgium’s Gregory Verpoorten, the President of Badminton Europe, is a member of the European Olympic Committees Coordination Commission for Minsk 2019.


Belarus

Belarus

Belarus’ capital Minsk was elected as the host city of the 2019 European Games on October 21, 2016 at a meeting of the European Olympic Committees General Assembly.

It is claimed the organisation and hosting of the Games in Minsk will strengthen the authority and confirm the reputation of Belarus as a socially-oriented state which gives priority to the promotion of the Olympic values, healthy lifestyles, development of physical culture and sports.

Belarus was represented by 145 athletes at Baku 2015, winning 10 gold, 11 silver and 22 bronze medals.

The country ranked seventh in the final standings.

Table tennis player Vladimir Samsonov served as the country's flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony, while swimmer Mikita Tsmyh, silver medallist in the men's 200 metres backstroke, did so at the Closing Ceremony.


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