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NEWS REPORT: The 2015 edition of European Youth Olympic Fesitval for under 17 men’s and women’s national teams concludes in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi

Youth Olympic titles for France and Russia

The thirteenth edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival has been completed in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.

Taking place from 27 July to 1 August 2015, Europe's top sixteen men's and women's under 17 national team were competing for the Youth Olympic titles won by Slovenia (men) and Denmark (women) at the previous fesitval in Utrecht in 2013.

The event's programme comprised nine sports: judo, tennis, artistic gymnastics, cycling, athletics, swimming, volleyball, basketball and handball.

Over 3800 athletes from 50 European countries competed in the Youth Olympic Festival.

Gold for France

In the men’s competition it was France, who took the title in thrilling fashion, Slovenia pushing them right to the final whistle of the final.

A goal in the final seconds from France’s Kyllian Villeminot, the match's top goal scorer with 13 goals, made the title certain and the France team were able to celebrate. Final score 30:28 (12:16)

Germany took third place with a convincing win over Norway 31:19 (13:10) in the bronze medal match.

Final rankings in the men’s tournament:

1. France
2. Slovenia
3. Germany
4. Norway
5. Denmark
6. Hungary
7. Switzerland
8. Georgia

Complete results can be found on the website.

Russia's women defeat Denmark for title

The women’s competition was won by Russia. In a repeat of the 2013 final against Denmark, it was the Russians who were prevail, winning 21:20 but only after extra time, the match having been drawn at 18:18 at full-time.

Norway improved on their seventh place in 2013, beating the Czech Republic 37:23 to take the bronze medal.

The final rankings in the women’s competition are as follows:

1. Russia
2. Denmark
3. Norway
4. Czech Republic
5. Romania
6. Germany
7. Montenegro
8. Georgia

An overview of all results in the women's competition and final ranking is available on

Selected matches from the event can be watched on-demand via the YouTube Channel of the Georgian Handball Federation.

2017 European Olympic Festival in Hungary

The next edition of the festival will take place in a city very familiar to fans of women's handball.

The Hungarian city of Györ, home to Women's EHF Champions League team, Györi Audi ETO KC, and venue for the preliminary round of the Women's EHF EURO 2014 will play host to the event 22-30 July 2017.

Visit the official website for more information.

TEXT: EHF / jjr