Baku: Denmark picked up their first gold through Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen at the first European Games in Baku on Saturday.
In the men’s doubles final against Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen wrapped up the first set with 21-8 win. Mathias Boe was great playing at the net, and that strategy was extremely effective against the Russians.
Even though the Danish men’s doubles made more defensive plays in the second set, the Danes were never really challenged in the game. They played just good enough to dispatch the Russians 21-13 in the second set to win the first Danish gold medal in Baku.
“It’s really exciting. It’s not one of the greatest titles we’ve ever won, but it was one of the most important titles for us, we were very proud to win the first gold for Denmark,” said Carsten Mogensen.
In women’s doubles, top seeds Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva also won the first gold medal for Bulgaria in Baku. The sisters defeated Ekaterina Bolotova and Evgeniya Kosetskaya of Russia 21-12, 23-21 for the gold. Including the gold medal from Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva, Bulgaria has already won nine medals at the Baku 2015 European Games – one gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
Meanwhile, Chloe and Sam Magee of Ireland would have to content themselves with a mixed doubles bronze medal after being beaten by Gaetan Mittelheisser and Audrey Fontaine of France 12-21, 21-23 in their mixed doubles semi-final at the European Games. Gaetan Mittelheisser/Audrey Fontaine will take on Sara Thygesen and Niclas Nohr of Denmark in the mixed doubles final.
Denmark’s Emil Holst crushed Germany’s Dieter Domke 21-14 21-15 in the men’s singles semi-final and will meet veteran Spaniard Pablo Abian in the final. Abian won a hard-fought three-set thriller to beat Lithuania’s Kestutis Navickas, 20-22 21-16 21-13 in other semi-final.
Another Dane, Line Kjaersfeldt also made it to the women’s singles final after she ousted Bulgaria’s Petya Nedelcheva 21-18 21-14 to face-off against Belgian Lianne Tan in the final.