European Games 2019 Day 4: As it happened

Highlights and how it all happened on Day 4 - 24nd June - at the 2nd European Games in Minsk, Belarus.,

By Ken Browne ·

19:04: Thanks for being here on Day 4, hope you enjoyed it!

That's it for the live blog for today.

Stay with the Olympic Channel live stream with more action and highlights from today's action still to come.

Day 4 headlines:

  • Teddy Riner has a real challenge on his hands with Georgian Guram Tushishvili at Tokyo 2020
  • Russia retains their European Games 3x3 men's basketball crown
  • Milan will host the 2026 Winter Games - more here
  • Fabio Basile's 'soul aches more than the body'
  • Nino Salukvadze and Tsotne Machavariani - this mother and son duo made a Euro Games podium and are setting sights on Tokyo
  • Team GB's Aaron Heading went from almost having his leg amputated to the European Games podium with a little help from the Sutton Bridge coastguard - scroll down to read his incredible story

21 - 30 Jun 2019

2019 European Games - Minsk


19:34 - Russia win men's 3x3 basketball final

A valiant effort from underdog Latvia isn't enough to stop the world no.2 from taking gold.

It finishes 21-14, Russia are worthy champions, and defend their Baku 2015 title.

Without doubt the strongest team in the men's competition.

19:18 - Men's 3x3 basketball final: Russia lead Latvia

Russia looking strong here, Latvia will have to have an incredible couple of minutes to turn this final around

19:08 - Men's Basketball 3x3 final underway

Russia heavy favourites here against Latvia in the final.

The French women beat Estonia 21-8 to claim gold.

Belarus won both men's and women's bronze.

18:28pm - Georgia wins judo +100kg clash of the titans

Guram Tushishvili wins gold and glory, much to the delight of the Georgian fans in the stadium.

It was an exhilarating fight with Russian Inal Tasoev.

Fast, technical, powerful, Tushishvili ended with a lightning spin that sent Tasoev crashing, it's a win by ippon.

That makes Tushishvili European Games winner, European champion and world champion.

Can Teddy Riner get back in the game on time to take down the Georgian express?

A fascinating duel is brewing for Tokyo 2020.

What a live blogger looks like when an hour's worth of live blog posts disappears.

17:57 - Poland spring trampoline surprise

Poland have taken gold in the men's synchronised event.

Lukasz Jaworski and Artur Zakrzewski touch down on top of the podium, pipping the Ukraine's Anton Davydenko and Mykola Prostorov by 0.01.

France's Allan Morante and Sebastien Martiny take bronze.

17:52 - 3x3 bronze medal battle underway

Belarus and Germany face of for bronze in the women's 3x3 basketball tournament, this should be a really good game.

Keep an eye on Germany's Satou Sabally, she was superb against Spain, plays her basketball for the Oregon Ducks University team.

17:38 - Russia in the 3x3 basketball final

Russian fans with their heads in their hands in the men's 3x3 semi-final.

But the World no.2 holds on!

Russia will go to the final after a 17-13 win over Poland.

It's going to be electric in the Palova Arena as hosts Belarus won their semi-final versus Latvia 17-19.

That final will take place later this evening, stay here!

17:25 - Pure gold for the hosts!

It took 4 minutes of golden score but Belarus' Maryna Slutskaya will savour every moment.

She's won gold in front of her home fans and it's all a bit too much, the tears of joy are flowing.

Bosnia and Herzegovina's Larisa Ceric has the consolation of a silver medal.

This is a first European Games gold for Slutskaya, and another European title, she'll get a medal for both.

17:14 - Milan: Your 2026 Winter Olympics host

Read all about what to expect from the Winter Games in Italy in 2026.

17:05pm - And the host city for the 2026 Winter Olympics is...

Milano! Watch reaction live.

17:00 - 2019 European Games badminton preview

Denmark has its eyes on more badminton booty after their 3 gold haul Baku 2015 - tyhe country has the top seeds in 4 of the 5 disciplines.  

Women’s singles top seed Line Kjaersfeldt is the reigning European Games gold medallist.

While world #3 Viktor Axelsen has also pulled out because of asthma problems, Baku gold medallist Pablo Abian of Spain is here.

Former world #1s and 2015 men’s doubles gold medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen went their separate ways earlier this year but Denmark still has the top seeds in men’s doubles in reigning European Champions Kim Astrup / Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.  

Rio bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge are seeded second while 3rd seeds are Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov, who wore silver 4 years ago in Baku.

Baku gold medallists Niclas Nohr / Sara Thygesen have also entered in the event, but were seeded 6th. 

Thygesen is still a top seed in Minsk, but in the women’s doubles, alongside Maiken Fruergaard. They didn't compete at the 2015 Games in Baku.

There was another shock as reigning women’s doubles champions Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva - sisters – who are currently ranked #10 in the world – announced on social media last week that they would no longer compete for Bulgaria. 

Don't forget: these Games will mean ranking points toward Tokyo 2020 qualification. Each winner will pick up 7000 points.

16:52 - Badminton

The badminton tournament began today with qualifiers in team and singles events happening today, tomorrow and Thursday, then we'll see the medal event finals on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Spanish star shuttler Carolina Marin will miss out as her recovery continues, but there are plenty of other stars set to shine in Minsk.

16:39 - Russia wins half-heavyweight judo clash with Georgia

Russia's Arman Adamian took out Georgia's Varlam Liparteliani in the -100kg category.

The Russian won by ippon.

Azerbaijan's Elmar Gasimov and France's Cyrille Maret battle their way to bronze.

16:25 - Slovakia take judo gold

Slovakia's Klara Apotekar wins gold with a waza-aria and shido over the Netherland's Guusje Steenhuis in the -78kg contest.

Kosovo's Kuka Loriana and France's Madeleine Malonga both take bronze medals home.

15:54 - Judo champs

Turkey's Mikail Ozerler stands proud as he collects his gold medal and watches the Turkish flag hoisted high.

His -90kg triumph was celebrated with fist pumps as he beat Israel's Li Kochman by 10-0.

It was a tight, tense affair, but the Turk came out on top.

The bronze medals went to Russia’s Khusen Khalmurzaez, who left Britain’s Frazer Chamberlain as close as you can come to a medal, and Azerbaijan’s Mammadali Mehdiyev.

15:36 - 'The Decision' for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games is close

There's a link to our live pre show below.

Here's a video of Stockholm's candidate presentation, and Milan's is here.

There can only be one!


24 Jun 2019

134th IOC Session and Candidate City Election - Lausanne


15:15 - Spain fire way to first medal

Fatima Galvez and Antonio Bailon are on target in the mixed team shotgun trap final.

That's Spain's first gold medal and their tickets to Tokyo printed.

Or saved on the app. Or whatever.

Italy's Giovanni Pellielo and Jessica Rossi take silver and Russians Daria Semenova and Alexey Alipov pick up bronze.

  1. Spain 44
  2. Italy 40
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15:05 - Judo heavyweights are up!

Heavyweight contests underway.

Great Britain's Frazier Chamberlain takes to the mat versus Russia's Khusen Khalmurzaev in the 90kg bronze medal contest.

And it's the Russian who takes it after a rib-cage-crushing hold.

Had to hurt.

14:42 - Trampoline: Yana Pavlova straight into 1st place

Russian trampoline queen Yana Pavlova goes straight to the top of the leaderboard.

A beaming smile as her scores come out!

The Russian qualifies in top spot with 104.900 points, Belarus' Hanna Hancharova is second on 103.000 and France's Lea Labrousse is third scoring 102.600.

The final will happen later this evening between 18:00 and 20:00. Stay tuned!

14:22 - Men's 10m air rifle gold goes to Israel

Sergey Richter is the 2019 European Games men's 10m air rifle champion.

A bronze medallist at Baku 2015, the Israeli took a couple steps up the podium with a score of 250.8, bettering Russia's Sergey Kamenskiy who scored 250.0.

Filip Nepejchal from the Czech Republic will wear bronze after his 228.9.

Remember, individual shooting events carry automatic qualification and points for Tokyo 2020.

 Sergey Richter celebrates winning bronze in the Men's 10m Air Rifle at the Baku 2015 European Games on June 16, 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

14:00 - Aaron Heading: medal a delight after nearly losing leg

A bronze medal at the 2019 European Games was the last thing Team GB's shotgun trap shooter Aaron Heading had on his mind after a motorcycle accident left him close to losing his leg in 2014:

“The surgeon’s words were, ‘I’ve amputated legs for a lot less.’ But he was fantastic, and he saved my leg, and basically saved my career as well,” he told the official Minsk webpage.

Lucky to walk on two legs to the podium to pick up his bronze medal yesterday, Sunday 23 June, Heading tells how joining the Coastguard gave him some direction in life.

Despite doctor's advice to rest for half a year after the accident, Heading was back on the range and competing again within a matter of months.

“A year after the accident, I was shooting alright, but I wasn’t getting the results, and in all honesty, I thought I was going to have to retire,” he said.

But instead, he opted to join Sutton Bridge coastguard as a volunteer.

Aaron Heading of Team GB competes during the Mixed Team Shotgun event during Day 4 of the 2nd European Games at the Sporting Club Shooting Centre on June 25, 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

When he’s not training or competing, Heading is often out at sea, helping to recover the bodies of plane crash victims or save people who have become stranded in the water.

It's helped him put shooting in perspective.

“Joining the coastguard gave me a bit of direction in life,” he said. “Scenarios happen which require a lot of concentration. Even simple things like throwing a throw line to someone who’s in the water, you’ve got to get it smack on, and it’s no different to shooting.

"That’s my lifeline I’m throwing out there, when I’m on the range. It also brings me down to earth very quickly, and puts life back into context.”

After last year’s [Gold Coast 2018] Commonwealth Games where he won individual silver, when he was called out to duty just hours after returning from the Games.

“I’d literally only been home two hours, turned the pager on, and we got called out to recover a body from The Wash,” he said.

But rather than sinking his spirits, the experience with the Coast Guard has helped him.

Last year he rose to world no.1 in the rankings for shotgun trap, and won bronze in the mixed trap pairs at the World Championships.

“Since joining the coastguard, my shooting has just been going through the roof,” he said. “Some great results, good medals, and now we’re back on track. It’s a juggling act, and they’re covering me, admittedly, a lot when I’m away at competition.

"But as soon as I get home from these Games, that pager will go on and I’ll be ready for action.”

1:37pm - France ends Russia's tournament: 3x3 Basketball

Big game for France as they defeat Russia 20-13 in the women's 3x3 basketball tournament.

Remember, we'll see medallists today in 3x3.

So it's France vs Germany and Belarus v Estonia in the semi-finals.

1:05 - Trampoline has Belarus bouncing

Local favourite and Rio 2016 Olympic champ Uladzislau Hancharou will have home hopes soaring in the trampoline event which is underway in the Minsk Arena.

This is a spectacular event to watch and plenty have packed into the stadium to see it live.

Hancharou is favourite to take gold here after he settled for silver at the Baku 2015 Euro Games.

Russian Dmitry Ushakov won gold in Baku but he isn't here at Minsk this time around leaving the stage set for Hancharou.

The 23-year-old Belorussian has consistently been among the top competitors since 2014 and has already won a world cup event this year.

He'll also compete in the synchronised event with Aleh Rabstau, they're 2017 and 2018 world champions, so keep an eye out for them!

Russia's Yana Pavlova is looking for a double double after her gold medal showings in individual and synchronised events at Baku 2015.

Watch out for plenty of thrills and spills on the trampoline.

1:05pm - Germany defeat Spain 20-11

The women's 3x3 basketball quarter-final is over, Germany run away with it in the end.

Germany's Satou Sabally was unstoppable scoring 12 of her team's 20 points.

12:55 - 3x3 Basketball

Spain are currently trailing to Germany in the women's 3x3 basketball Palova Arena - just.

It's a really tight match, earlier there was more home happiness as Belarus won their quarter-final against the Netherlands by 15-11.

They'll face Estonia in the semi-finals who knocked out the Czechs.

Belarus' men beat Serbia 19-15.

France or Latvia will play to join them in the semi-finals.

Defending champions Russia loom in the other half of the draw, that would make for great atmosphere in the final if the hosts and Russia make it that far.

12:46 - Daria Bilodid on a high

18-year-old Ukraine judoka Daria Bilodid's career is on a meteoric rise.

The European Games champ beat Irina Dolgova in the final of the European Games, and she's enjoying it today.

Find out what drives this hungry young star here.

12:36pm - Look who dropped by to say hi

Tsotne Machavariani shows off the hardware.

Georgian marksman Tsotne Machavariani shows off the bronze medal that he won with mom

11:57 - Mother and son on the podium and heading to Tokyo 2020

Nino Salukvadze and Tsotne Machavariani are the first mother and son team ever podium here at the European Games.

The Georgians won bronze in the 50m pistol event and mother Nino is on her way to a record breaking 9th Olympics at the Tokyo Olympics.

Why do they have different names?

Nino told us that she kept her maiden name Salukvadze because 'Nino Machavariani' "sounded like an Italian man's name!".

Watch their story here:

Meet the mother and son winning medals at the European Games and eyeing more history in Tokyo

They're the Georgian mum and son combination who won a shooting medal at th...

11:48 - Shooting Centre cafe in line for 'Best Coffee of the Games' gold medal


11:40am - Gold for Romania!

Laura Coman fires her way to first in the 10m air rifle final and Romania to their first gold medal of the Games.

Coman's 251.3 narrowly beats Swiss shooter Nina Christen's tally of 250.0.

The Czech Republic's Nikola Mazurova wins a bronze medal with 228.7.

11:32 - The Decision: Stockholm 2026? Milan 2026?

Today is a big day as the 2026 Winter Olympic host city is set to be decided.

We'll provide updates on what's happening here in the live blog and a link to our live show from Lausanne where the decision is set to be made later today.

Until then, read up on what's happening with both bids with our: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HOST CITY ELECTION FOR THE 2026 WINTER OLYMPICS article

11:24 - Photographing greatness

Some of the photos coming out of Minsk have been jawdropping. Look at these gymnastic snaps below for example.

Keep 'em coming Dean!

11:07am - Fabio Basile: "My soul aches more than my body"

Rio 2016 Olympic judo champ Fabio Basile went out yesterday in the round of 16 after a shock defeat to Azerbaijan's Rustam Orujov, and he's feeling the pain today.

Orujov won by ippon in the -73kg, ending Basile's tournament and the Italian is feeling the pain.

"The soul aches more than the body," Basile posted on his Instagram feed.

A very sporting gesture from Azerbaijan's flagbearer saw Orujov console Basile, saying "Kings never die."

10:40am - First gold medal of the day!

That man Artem again!

Artem Chernousov won yesterday's first gold medal, and he's done it again today making it 3 gold medals for Russia's marksman.

This time it's the mixed team 50m pistol event which he wins with fellow Russian Mararita Lomova.

Their 94.0 score beats Latvia's Agate Rasmane and Lauris Strautmanis' 81.3.

Georgia complete the podium, mother and son team Nino Salukvadze and Tsotne Machavariani score 87.7.

9:58am - Love, gold, and Sambo in Minsk

Sergey Ryabov was feeling the pressure from his wife yesterday.

"My wife set the standard and it wouldn't have been good for me to lose this," he told the Minsk 2019 website after his -90kg sambo gold medal final.

Hi wife had already won gold in the women's -52kg contest then watched her husband crush home hopes of gold as Ryabov beat Belorussian Andrei Kazusionak to keep up appearances at home.

"I think that it will be a very great atmosphere in our house now because two of us won gold medals at this huge stage and we've been training really hard for this," said the relieved Sergey.

This sambo power couple train at the Sambo-70 school in Moscow, Russia. The training centre sent seven athletes to compete in sambo at Minsk 2019 and all of them won medals.

"I got into this school because of my husband. I was studying at another town before, but when I got into this school I realised how great it is," Riabova said.

"From this school we've got lots of champions. It's got great training programmes and facilities and they're really giving us the best possible environment. No matter when you come there, there is always someone to fight with."

Its seems that's true even in the safety of their home.

9:51am - Team GB hopeful of more medals today in Minsk

9:45am - Russia and Belarus monstering it in Minsk

It's been a great tournament for the Russian team so far and hosts Belarus are really enjoying themselves too.

9:35am - Welcome to the live blog Day 4

So much to look forward to today including gymnastics, table tennis, road cycling, judo, shooting...

European Games 2019 - Minsk - Monday 24 June major events

09:00-11:40 Cycling road: women's time trial

11:00-11:30 Shooting: mixed 50m rifle prone

12:00-15:40 Cycling road: men's time trial

15:00-17:15 Judo: mixed team events

18:00-19:00 Table tennis: mixed doubles final

18:00-20:00 Gymnastics aerobic: mixed groups finals

18:00-20:00 Gymnastics trampoline: women's synchronised, men's individual finals

What is the European Games?

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

It doubles as European Championships in a number of sports and events, and counts towards Olympic qualifying in others.

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 Gamesfrom 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 BakuRussia 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.