Germany, one of the top ranked European nations in table tennis won the first gold medal in mixed doubles at the 2019 European Games. Additionally, the gold medalists will be Europe’s continental representation at the Olympics. Table tennis at the 2019 European Games is currently being held in Minsk, Belarus from June 22nd to June 29th 2019.
Overall 16 teams competed in a single elimination bracket. Three out of the top four seeds reached the semi-finals. The exception was second seed Stefan Fegerl and Sofia Polcanova of Austria whom lost in the first round to Russia’s Aleksandr Shibaev and Polina Mikhailova. The semi-finals saw victories by Germany’s Patrick Franziska and Petrissa Solja and Romania’s Ovidiu Ionescu and Bernadette Szocs whom defeated Slovakia’s Lubomir Pistej and Barbora Balazova 3-1 and France’s Laura Gasnier and Tristan Flore 3-2 respectively. Franziska and Solja would go on to win the gold medal by defeating Ionescu and Szocs in straight sets, 3-0. The bronze medal was won by Gasnier and Flore whom defeated Pistej and Balazova 3-1.
As an additional rule, should Germany also qualify in the team event then the athlete must also be selected to compete in the team event. This is to ensure that only a maximum of three athletes per gender are present for each nation. For other nations, the next opportunity to qualify in mixed doubles will be at the 2019 World Tour Grand Finals. The table tennis events at the European Games continues tomorrow with medals for the single events being awarded.