European Games 2019 Day 2: As it happened

Highlights and how it all happened on Day 2 - 22nd June - at the 2nd European Games.

19:34pm - Thanks for following European Games Day 2 with us!

That's it for the live blog for today as the medal events wind down.

Stay with the Olympic Channel live stream for more action including sambo, boxing, table tennis, basketball 3x3, and today's highlights still to come.

Here are some of today's headlines:

Join us again tomorrow as our live coverage from Minsk continues.

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Gymnastics highlights from Day 2:

19:22 - What is Sambo?

Sambo results flooding in now, but what is it?

Sambo is a martial art and combat sport developed by the Soviet Red Army in the early 1920s and is described by the Japanese federation president Masaaki Kondo as "a mix of judo and wrestling".

The name Sambo comes from a Russian expression which literally translates as 'unarmed self-defence'.

Unlike judo, various types of leg lock are allowed with points scored with throws and submissions.

19:00 - "I am a woman and I do judo." - Majlinda Kelmendi

Majlinda Kelmendi had an inspiring message for women across Kosovo after her dual European Games / European Championships gold medal win.

"In Kosovo there is still a big percent of the people who still think judo is a sport for men and I don't like this," Kelmendi said to Olympic Channel's Alessandro Poggi.

"I am a woman and I do judo and I think I am the best ambassador of Kosovo."

I do judo and I am a woman. - Majlinda Kelmendi to Olympic Channel

"I just show them that even if we are women we can become champions."

Kosovo's star judoka Majlinda Kelmendi shows off her European Games and European Championship medals. Photo: Olympic Channel
Kosovo's star judoka Majlinda Kelmendi shows off her European Games and European Championship medals. Photo: Olympic ChannelKosovo's star judoka Majlinda Kelmendi shows off her European Games and European Championship medals. Photo: Olympic Channel

17:42 - Russia's Daria Mezhetskaia wins first major tournament

A waza-ari after just 18 seconds gave Russia's Daria Mezhetskaia something to defend and she held on for gold in the -57kg category.

Nora Djakova couldn't add another gold to Kelmendi and Kosovo's account, settling instead for silver.

17:30 - Ukraine wins men's -66kg title

Georgii Zantaria wins gold in the men's judo -66kg class, Matteo Medves takes silver for Italy.

The master Zantaria struck at the perfect moment for ippon landing a clinical throw at speed.

16:57 - Dina Averina wins the rhythmic gymnastics all-around

Russian gymnast Dina Averina has won the rhythmic gymnastics all-around event with a score of 87.750.

She was pushed all the way by Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram who has been near-flawless today and finished on a combined score of 84.700.

Both gymnasts provided some spectacular entertainment today and deserve a gold medal each.

Belarus' Katsiaryna Halkina took bronze with a score of 79.300.

16:30 - Majlinda Kelmendi wins 2019 European Games title

Majlinda Kelmendi - who gave the Rio 2016 Olympic Games one of its most emotional and exciting moments - won the 52kg gold medal with a decisive move in golden score.

It was a close-fought contest against Russia's Natalia Kuziutina, but Kelmendi came out on top.

The first Kosovan to win an Olympic gold medal had to bide her time and when both judoka lined up left-to-left, Kelmendi made her move.

Still recovering from persistent injuries, the 28-year-old did what great champions do: she found a way to win.

16:27 - Georgia wins first men's judo gold

Georgia’s Lukhumi Chkhvimiani became the first men’s judo gold medal winner at Minsk 2019 in the under-60kg class

Spain’s Francisco Garrigos took second and Georgian Amiran Papinashvili shared the bronze medal platform with Belgium’s Jorre Verstraeten.

16:25 - Judo Olympic silver medallist leaves empty-handed

Rio 2016 silver medallist Giufridda Odette lost out on a chance for a bronze medal when the Italian stopped and was ruled out

23-year-old Amandine Buchard from France who was 2014 junior world champion picks up the bronze for her country.

Reigning Olympic champ Majlinda Kelmendi looks focused before her final at the 2019 European Games
Reigning Olympic champ Majlinda Kelmendi looks focused before her final at the 2019 European GamesReigning Olympic champ Majlinda Kelmendi looks focused before her final at the 2019 European Games

16:13 - Great Britain's Chelsie Giles on the podium

Chelsie Giles wins the bronze medal by ippon in the judo 52kg competition.

16:04 - Medal ceremonies

Daria Bilodid is awarded her judo gold medal as more finals await.

The Ukraine gets one medal for the European Games and another for the European Championships, this event counts for both.

13:55pm - Belgium wins women's group dynamic

Talia De Troyer, Britt Vanderdonckt and Charlotte Van Royen had already won silver medals in the group balance event and went one better in the the women's group dynamic competition.

13:40 - Spain wins first medal

Julia Figueroa wins Spain's first medal of the European Games, taking bronze in the judo -48kg category.

Portugal's Caterina Costa just missed on a medal in 4th place.

"Dasha! Dasha!" Daria Bilodid fans celebrate yet another gold medal at the European Games"Dasha! Dasha!" Daria Bilodid fans celebrate yet another gold medal at the European Games

15:27 - Brilliant Bilodid wins again

Daria Bilodid is too strong for her Russian opponent and wins on that early score from a waza-ari.

The Ukraine was in control from the first moments and adds the European title to an already impressive list of honours.

The commentator is calling her 'the favourite for gold at Tokyo 2020.'

It's difficult to disagree.

15:23 - Daria Bilodid ahead in final

Daria Bilodid has had an incredible start to her final with a waza-ari in the women's 48kg contest.

She's 1-0 up against Russia's Dolgova.

Daria has her own fanzone and their chanting "ippon, ippon..."

Daria Bilodid's fans watch as the Ukraine wins at the 2019 European Games
Daria Bilodid's fans watch as the Ukraine wins at the 2019 European GamesDaria Bilodid's fans watch as the Ukraine wins at the 2019 European Games

15:18 - Linoy Ashram and Dina Averina magnificent in Minsk

The rhythmic gymnastics is providing an incredible spectacle - particularly the battle between Russia's Dina Averina and Israel's Linoy Ashram.

15:06 - Russian gold rush

Russia strikes gold again in acrobatic gymnastics.

Victoria Aksenova and Krill Startsev score 29.060 to win Russia's third gold medal.

Azerbaijan's Abdulla Al-Mashaykhi and Ruhidil Gurbanli are second on 28.830, Belarus third.

Artur Beliakou and Volha Melnik win bronze medals bronze with 28.810.

14:57 - Lorena Wiebes' secret weapon: Lucky socks!

The 2019 European Games women's road race winner Lorena Wiebes told Olympic Channel her secret.

Clue: she's wearing them on her feet.

14:47 - Daria Bilodid into the final

Ukrainian judoka Daria Bildodid is on the mat against Serbia's Nikolic Milica, it's a tight contest.

A waza-ari from the Serb has her dreaming of the final but in a flash the world champion spins her opponent and wins by ippon.

Bilodid really is such an exciting talent: tall, quick, strong, tactical, capable of turning a fight on its head in seconds.

14:33 - Acrobatic gymnastics update

There's a break in the competition here in the Minsk Arena complex with things about a half an hour behind schedule.

Judo continues at the Chizhovka Arena and women's shotgun shooting trap finals are about to begin in less than 10 minutes.

We're doing our best to keep up!

Boxing about to get underway too...

14:14 - Belarus take first European Games gold

Belarus delighted the home crowd by winning their first gold medal.

It came in the women's acrobatic gymnastics group balance event. 

Veranika Nabokina, Julia Ivonchyk and Karina Sandovich scored 29.520 points to win.

Belgium's Talia De Troyer, Britt Vanderdonckt and Charlotte Van Royen took silver on 29.230.

The Portugal team of Barbara Da Silva Sequeira, Francisca Sampaio Maia and Francisca Maia made the podium in third place with 28.570.

14:00 - France wins archery gold in thrilling shootout

France wins gold in the men's recurve team event with a 5-4 win over The Netherlands after another shootout.

France had to run the gauntlet of another shootout to overcome a strong Dutch challenge.

It went down to a shootout in the semi-final versus Luxembourg too and the French held their nerve when it counted most once more.

13:40 - Netherlands win the 2019 European Games road race!

Van der Breggen did the work as her teammates take a 1-2 finish.

Lorena Wiebes finishes first in a huge moment in her young career.

Silver for Marianne Vos.

Incredible team effort.

Tatsiana Sharakova from Belarus takes third keeping the home nation on the podium.

That was an incredible race from the Dutch team, such control, perfectly timed, teamwork at its finest.

13:38 - Van Der Breggen leads women's road race

Final kilometre!

13:36 - Belarus takes team acrobatic gymnastics gold!

1:31pm: Gold for Great Britain, silver for hosts Belarus - Archery

Naomi Folkard, Sarah Bettles, and Bryony Pitman top the podium for Great Britain in the Women's recurve beating hosts Belarus 6-2 in the final.

1:15 - Turkish rider drops out

With more than two hours on the bike the pace is telling, Turkish cyclist Keziban Koyun dropped out after the fourth lap of the women's cycling road race.

"One, two, three laps, good race, good legs. But four laps, legs finished," she said.

Succinct.

The Dutch are 5 seconds off the lead!

15km to go.

13:10 - Women's Road Race update

The flying Dutchwomen are in formation and have cut the difference to just 29 seconds between the leaders and the peloton.

This is going to be a fascinating finale.

Get ready!

12:55 - Rhythmic gymnastics update

20-year-old star Dina Averina is performing without her sister Arina alongside her and seems to be enjoying it.

The Russian goes straight top of the leaderboard with her first routine on a score of 20.050 but is immediately replaced by Israel's Linoy Ashram with a big score of 21.950.

12:54 - Women's road race 30km to go

Less than 30k to go and the peloton is 1'40" from the three leaders.

2 hours in and 2 laps left, the Dutch need to make a break soon if they're to catch the leading three.

12:44 - Women's Judo: Kelmendi into the semi-finals

Rio 2016 gold medallist Majlinda Kelmendi and fellow Kosovan Nora Gjakova are into the semi-finals in the Chizhovka Arena.

12:35 - Women's road race - Dutch secret to success

The leading three of Ludwig (Germany), Tserakh (Belarus), and Shapira (Israel) still have a minute and a half advantage, but the peloton is trying to close the gap with Dutch Olympic champion Marianne Vos leading the charge.

Want to know what's behind Dutch domination of this sport?

Find out here:

European Games winning riders tell us the secret to Dutch women's cycling dominance

European Games winning riders tell us the secret to Dutch women's cycling dominance

12:22 - 2019 European Games first gold medallists - shooting

Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov pose with their gold medals during the medal ceremony at the 2019 European Games in Minsk. The Russian pair won the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event in the Shooting Centre, Minsk, Belarus - June 22, 2019  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov pose with their gold medals during the medal ceremony at the 2019 European Games in Minsk. The Russian pair won the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event in the Shooting Centre, Minsk, Belarus - June 22, 2019  REUTERS/Valentyn OgirenkoVitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov pose with their gold medals during the medal ceremony at the 2019 European Games in Minsk. The Russian pair won the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event in the Shooting Centre, Minsk, Belarus - June 22, 2019  REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

12:12 - Women's road race

It's Germany, Belarus, and Israel leading the way, with the Dutch riders staying within touching distance in the peloton behind.

At the 2015 European Gamesin Baku, Belarus' Alena Amialiusik topped the podium.

How the local crowd would love a repeat here.

Cycling expert Tim de Vries is glued to the race on the Olympic Channel:

12:01pm - Women's road race an hour in

An hour into the race and there's a main pack with the Dutch riders looking good.

The Irish are keeping pace too.

11:51 - Archery gold medal matches

The men's and women's archery gold medal matches in he recurve team events are coming up.

The French team had to dig deep to beat Luxembourg 5-4 in a quarter-final shootout earlier at the Olympic Sports Complex.

France carried the adrenaline of winning the shootout into the semi-finals outshooting Italy 6-0.

They'll face Spain or the Netherlands in the final.

11:41 - In case you missed it

The 3rd European Games will be held in Poland in 2023.

11:27am - Daria Bilodid: the 18-year-old Judo World Champ

Ukranian judoka Daria Bilodid has taken the sport by storm, becoming world champ when she was just 17.

She'll face French debutante Melanie Clement for a place in the semi-finals of the European Games after Clement won her first bout by ippon against Italy's Francesca Giorda.

Find out all about 18-year-old sensation Daria Bilodid here:

What drives World and European champion judoka Daria Bilodid?

What drives World and European champion judoka Daria Bilodid?

11:11 - Calling all graffiti artists!

They are inviting street artists to spray away outside the Chizhovka Arena where the judo is currently being held.

Anyone seen Banksy?

Lesik the Fox is spraypainted on the wall outside the Chizhovka Arena at the Minsk 2019 European Games (Photo: Olympic Channel)
Lesik the Fox is spraypainted on the wall outside the Chizhovka Arena at the Minsk 2019 European Games (Photo: Olympic Channel)Lesik the Fox is spraypainted on the wall outside the Chizhovka Arena at the Minsk 2019 European Games (Photo: Olympic Channel)

11:04am - Women's Road race underway

The women's road race is underway on a course that is mostly flat, favouring the sprinters.

Look out for a very strong Dutch contingent.

The last two Olympic gold medallists in women's road cycling, Netherlands' Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, are racing in Minsk.

The Dutch team also boasts 2017 road world champion Chantal Blaak and the 20-year-old up-and-coming sprinter Lorena Wiebes.

The race will go on for about 3 hours in total.

Check back for updates!

10:42am - The first medal of the event!

Vitalina Batsarashkina and Artem Chernousov of Team Russia win the first gold medals of the 2019 European Games!

The duo win the mixed team 10m air pistol event, beating Serbia's Zorana Arunovic and Damir Mikec 17-9.

2015 gold medallist Christian Reitz takes bronze with his wife Sandra.

Hosts Belarus missed out on their first medal after Viktoria Chaika and Abdul-Aziz Kurdzi lost 16-8 to the German married couple.

10:36am - "I was Usain Bolt's wingman!"

It's not all about the athletes at these big events, the volunteers play a key roll - and they have fun too!

And helping out can become an addiction.

Judith Gunion is 72 and has become a bit of an 'international volunteer rock star'.

“I have been diagnosed with breast cancer three times since 2000, the last time 18 months ago,” Britain’s Judith Gunion told the official website at the European games.

“Since then there has been no more plan Bs, it’s all plan A. You just never know.”

The 72-year-old started her voluntary work at London 2012 and she has not stopped since, criss-crossing the globe to help facilitate some of the world’s biggest sporting events.

“I see sports as part of the healing process,” she said. “I get to have experiences other people never have – like here I am staying with a Russian family who speak no English. I am picking up a new word every day and we are communicating.

“I’ve got a life now I never thought ordinary people could have.”

The Ipswich resident likes, on average, to work at four international sporting events – from European Games to world championships – and around eight British ones each year. It is a schedule her friends and family still find hard to comprehend.

“They call it the rock star lifestyle” - Judith Gunion

Judith with the Champions League trophy in Madrid where she was a volunteer. Photo: Judith's Facebook.
Judith with the Champions League trophy in Madrid where she was a volunteer. Photo: Judith's Facebook.Judith with the Champions League trophy in Madrid where she was a volunteer. Photo: Judith's Facebook.

“I was working at the 2017 World (Athletics) Championships in London and on the night of the 100m final my job was to walk 3m ahead of Usain Bolt and make sure no one asked him for a selfie – I was Usain Bolt’s wingman!"

“He is one of the nicest people I have ever met.”

Judith hopes to make it to Tokyo 2020 next year.

“To go to Tokyo would just be mega.”

10:28am - Archery

Serbia's Ognjen Nedeljkovic made a stunning debut yesterday by qualifying top of the compound men in Minsk.

The 26-year-old world number 144 scored a personal best of 708 and set a new Serbian record by 10 points.

“I had a good feeling about today. My coach Milijko helped with that. I train a lot and maybe that helped,” he said. “Of course, I feel the pressure. I don’t know men who don’t feel the pressure. The pressure doesn’t take me, I take him.”

Nedljkovic surprised world number one Mike Schloesser who shot a 707, just one point behind the Serb.

Mario Vavro finished 3rd on 702 points.

10:22am - Shooting

The 10m air pistol is underway at the Minsk Shooting Club.

Look out for German husband and wife team Christian and Sandra Reitz, Christian won gold at this event at Baku 2015.

9:41am - Latest News!

Official: the 3rd European Games in 2023 will be hosted by the Polish city of Krakow and the Malopolska region after a unanimous vote.

EOC President Janez Kocijancic presided over the Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) at the Minsk Marriot Hotel where that decision was finalised.

Andrzej Krasnicki, President of the Polish National Olympic Committee, said:

"We strongly believe this event will contribute to the development of sport and will also promote the city of Kraków and the Malopolskaregion."

9:38am - Good morning from day two of the 2019 European Games!

Morning and welcome! An action-packed day awaits.

If you missed the action yesterday, no worries, catch up on competition day one and Opening Ceremony highlights here.

We're looking forward to seeing how twin sensation Dina Averina does without her sister today:

Today's medal events (CET):

10:45-11:30 Shooting rifle and pistol: 10m air pistol mixed final

11:30-14:30 Cycling road: women's road race

12:25-13:10 Shooting rifle and pistol: 10m air rifle mixed final

13:00-17:30 Gymnastics acrobatic: finals

13:00-17:30 Gymnastics rhythmic: women's all around

13:50-14:40 Archery: recurve team: women's and men's finals

16:00-18:10 Judo: men's (-60kg -66kg) and women's (-48kg -52kg -57kg) finals

16:00-19:30 Sambo: men's (-57kg -68kg -82kg -100kg) and women's (-48kg -56kg -64kg -72kg +80kg) finals

Who and what to look out for at the Minsk 2019 European Games Day 2

Today's highlights - Saturday 22nd June 2019

  • Shooting: Look out for eight-time Olympian Nino Salukvadze and Greece's Olympic champion Anna Korakaki who looks like the woman to beat in the pistol events.
  • Road Cycling: The last two Olympic gold medallists in women's road cycling, Netherlands' Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, will race in the morning (11:30 to 1:30)
  • Judo: Kosovan Judoka Majlinda Kelmendi will aim to add a fourth European title to her 2016 Olympic gold and 2013 World Championships haul (16:00 to 18:00)
  • Judo: Ukranian judo sensation Daria Bilodid is in action at 48kg class - she's already won 3 world and 4 European crowns at just 18 years of age (16:00 to 18:00)
  • Judo: Double judo Olympic gold medallist Teddy Riner is not in Minsk, but Italy's Rio 2016 gold medallist Fabio Basile is (16:00 to 18:00)
  • Rhythmic gymnastics: Look out for Russian twins Dina and Arina Averina in the women's rhythmic gymnastics between 1 and 5pm, they have been dominant since Rio 2016
  • Acrobatic gymnastics: Oleg Verniaiev,David Belyavskiyand Angelina Melnikova all in action (13:00 to 17:30)

What is the European Games?

The European Games is a multisport event that takes place every four years.

The first event happened in Baku 2015, the second in Minsk, Belarus, and the third will be held in 2023 in the Polish city of Krakow and the Malopolska region.

At Minsk 2019, more than 4,000 athletes from 50 countries are taking part in the second European Games from 21 to 30 June 2019.

200 sets of medals will be awarded across 15 sports and 23 disciplines, with the action shown live on Olympic Channel (restrictions in certain countries and territories apply).

Four years ago, at the inaugural European Games in Baku, Russia topped the medal table (164) ahead of hosts Azerbaijan (56), and Great Britain (47).

The event is live on Olympic Channel in many regions (click here to watch or get more information), and find out more in our Olympic Channel guide to all you need to know about the European Games.

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