Landing a total of 51 total medals – including 16 golds – Ukraine finished third in the medal count at last month’s European Games in Minsk, Belarus. Led by the boxing, karate, athletics and gymnastics teams, Ukraine’s 198 athletes doubled Ukraine’s gold medal haul from the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Boxer Victor Vykhrist, whose gold medal in the heavyweight division led Ukraine’s boxing team to a first-place finish in Belarus, was honoured as the team’s flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony. Other Ukrainian athletes that stand on top of Europe include gymnast Oleh Vernayev (2016 Olympic champion), wrestlers Zhan Beleniuk (2016 Olympic silver) and Yuliya Tkach (three-time Olympian), karateka Stanislav Horuna (2017 World Games champion), and 18-year-old judo phenom Daria Bilodid (2018 World Champion).
The next European Games is set for 2023 in Krakow, Poland.