Pavel Bulavsky and Ilya Yakovlev of Belarus graced the podium in the vaulting event. Pavel Bulavsky clinched silver with the total of 14,625 points. Ilya Yakovlev finished third with 14,300 points. London Olympics medalist Igor Radivilov of Ukraine scored 15,000 points to win the event.
The fact that licenses for the Tokyo Olympics will be awarded in Belarus will be an important factor for many athletes. The opportunity will be available for several kinds of sport during the Second European Games. Participants will be better motivated to achieve excellent results, including Belarusian athletes.
The official said: “Despite the experience accumulated in the course of various international competitions the organizers of the 2019 European Games are in for serious trials. Belarus has never hosted an event this large."