Sunday, 20 October 2019

European Games - Minsk 2019

The European Games are a great opportunity to get the feeling of how it is to participate in a Competition with multiple sports, with Opening and Closing Ceremony and where the Athletes get to stay in a Village and wear the National Olympic Comitee uniforms. That's what Minsk had to offer, an Olympic-like experience for everyone, but specially for those who had never been in the Olympic Games.

The Venue, where in 2016 was held the Junior and U23 World Championship, was renewed for the Event and didn't disappoint. New buildings for the teams and lots of space for everybody.

The programme was a mix of Olympic and Non-Olympic Events, but for sure it was a good test for those who, in a few months, will race in Szeged for a place in Tokyo 2020, also because, this season, the European Games replaced the Sprint European Championship. No doubt that the most eager to performeteam was Belarus. And they were up to the task. Volha Khudzenkais an unavoidable name of the Games as she finished the competition with 4 medals: a sweaty Gold in K1 500 with front wind; a flawless K2 500; a very close Silver in K4 500; and a Bronze in the K2 200. A dream performance, in her own country.

Also Shinning in Belarussian waters was Emma Jorgensenand Fernando Pimenta. The Danish won, comfortably, the K1 200 and got the Bronze in K1 500, positioning herself, again, as one of the candidates for the medals in the World Championship. The Portuguese was Silver in the K1 1000 in a very close finish and also Silver in the K1 5K.

Keeping up with the very good performances of the World Cups, the Russian Men's K4 with Vitaly Ershov,beat the other crews with an exhilarating final sprint.

Here is the list of Jantex Medalists:

Volha Khudzenka – Gold K1 500 and K2 500, Silver K4 500, Bronze K2 200

Emma Jorgensen – Gold K1 200, Bronze K1 500

Fernando Pimenta – Silver K1 1000 and K1 5K

Vitaly Ershov – Gold K4 500

Karolina Naja – Bronze K4 500

Anna Pulawska – Bronze K4 500

Samuel Balaz – Bronze K4 500

Thank you all for your trust.

Next stop: World Championship in Szeged