Budapest, Hungary, 20 July 2019 – Russia turned around an amazing men’s final of the 2019 Sitting Volleyball European Championships, cancelling three match points of Bosnia & Herzegovina for an epic 3-2 (26-24, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 17-15) win that earned them back-to-back continental titles.
It was a truly fitting end, full of drama and emotion, to a wonderful week of sitting volleyball here in Budapest that showcased the best that Europe has to offer in the sport. It was a highly successful defence by Russia of their 2017 title in Porec.
After ten titles on the trot, between 1991 and 2015, Bosnia & Herzegovina are left without gold for the second time running. Viktor Milenin with a match high led Russia once again, masterminding the comeback in the tie-break from 12-14 down.
He was given the MVP of the tournament award for his efforts throughout the week – which included helping Russia claim a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Previously on the closing day, Germany had returned to the podium for the first time since their silver in 2015, after beating Ukraine 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-22) in the bronze medal match. The result means Ukraine’s silver medal of 2017 remains a one-off podium finish.