Curtain is down at the most exciting part of the University sport season. Since the beginning of June until yesterday 20 European Universities Championships were held and only rowing is left to find out all the champions that will, we hope, defend their titles next year at the fifth European Universities Games in Belgrade.
Third biggest city in Poland, Lodz, was the host of the 15th European Universities Volleyball Championship with 15 women and 14 men teams competing. Gold in the men’s competition again went to Turkey to the Beykent University who won against fifth team from Coimbra last year, University of Osijek. Again, as it was last year, one of three medals went to France. In an exciting bronze medal match University of Montpellier defeated State University of Moldova 3:1.
There was a chance that both gold medals go to Turkey to the hands of Istanbul Aydin University. However, girls from the oldest University in Europe stood on their way. University of Bologna, founded in 1088 won their second gold medal this year after a third consecutive gold in men’s basketball. University of Rijeka completes the podium with their win against University of Muenster after a tie-break.
Beautiful city of Porto hosted 3×3 basketball players and it seems that University of Kragujevac and University of Split dominance came to an end. Second year in a row two dominant universities that won all gold medals and most of silver medals from 2014. We hope that a University from Serbia will again compete next year and that they will return to the throne.
Until then, kings of University 3×3 basketball are the boys from the Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania, that made to the gold medal second year in a row. This year they defeated home team from Polytechnic Institute of Porto 21:9. Bronze medal went to the hands of University of Malaga that won against University of Zagreb 13:10.
Girls from Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University from Ukraine as they won second gold medal in their third consecutive final match. Basket scored by Tetiana Yurkevichus was the difference between them and the University of Aveiro in the finals. At the end it was 11:10 for the new gold medalists. Girls from University of Ljubljana didn´t continue their medal streak as they lost bronze medal match against University of Goettingen.