Baku, Azerbaijan, June 24, 2015. As the Volleyball competition of the first ever European Games is just about to enter its final stages, Azerbaijan’s Volleyball family can already look forward to the next major event which is set to take place in the ‘Land of Fire’ and in Tbilisi, the capital of neighbouring Georgia.
Plavins and Regza add another gem to Latvia’s sporting history, Russia and Czech Republic celebrate silver and bronze
Sunday 21st of June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21, 2015. Martins Plavins and Haralds Regza made history on Sunday night for Latvia as they did not only claim the gold medal of the men’s Beach Volleyball competition, but they also turned into their country’s first ever European Games gold medallists. Since the Baku 2015 European Games had started more than a week ago, Latvia had indeed ‘only’ won a bronze medal in women’s wrestling with Anastasija Grigorjeva and therefore the achievement of Plavins and Regza can be described as a truly ‘historic’ one.
Sunday 21st of June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21, 2015. Dmitry Barsouk and Martins Plavins are definitely the most decorated players competing at the Baku 2015 European Games and on Sunday night they will be trying to add yet another accolade to their resume after sailing through their respective semis to get the right to play for the title of first ever European Games champions. Barsouk and partner Yaroslav Koshkarev stamped a 21-18, 29-27 win in their semi-final with Switzerland’s Gabriel Kissling and Alexei Strasser whilst Plavins and Haralds Regza secured another international medal for Latvia by taking the stage in their matchup with Premysl Kubala and Jan Hadrava of the Czech Republic (21-14, 21-17).
Friday 19th of June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19, 2015. Latvia’s Ruslans Sorokins and Aleksandrs Solovejs eventually made it to the elimination round in the men’s Beach Volleyball competition of the Baku 2015 European Games but they were made to work hard in their last match in Pool C with Ukraine’s Iaroslav Gordieiev and Vladyslav Iemelianchyk. After losing to the Ingrosso twins and to Greece’s Kotsilianos/Zoupanis, this was their last chance to continue their campaign at Baku 2015 and they eventually made it through with a 21-15, 18-21, 15-12 win.
Thursday 18th of June 2015
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 18, 2015. Russia’s mentor Sergey Shlyapnikov and team captain Dmitry Kovalev (pictured) share a common golden track. They indeed won gold at the 2010 CEV U20 Volleyball European Championship and one year later shared that same honour at the FIVB Men’s U21 World Championship. Now they stand together on the senior team at the European Games – and they are going for more gold.