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14 amazing moments from the first week of the European Games

See the motion of rhythmic gymnasts, the intense concentration of a table tennis player, the splash of a water polo match – all captured in these breathtaking photos.


June 19, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Team Israel compete in the Gymnastics Rhythmic Group All-Round FinalTeam Israel compete in the Gymnastics Rhythmic Group All-Round FinalPhoto: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images for BEGOC
June 19, 2015 | Latest Photo

As the first week of the first annual European Games wraps up in Baku, Azerbaijan, we're beginning to get a glimpse of the truly talented young athletes from around the world, like the multiple-medal winning rhythmic gymnasts from Israel pictured above. With thousands of competitors representing 51 countries, from Iceland to Italy, it has truly been an athletic feat to behold.

Take a look at some of the most arresting images from the European Games:

Mountain bikers ride through Baku's treesMountain bikers ride through beautiful wooded areas as they compete in the Men's Cross-country Mountain Bike Cycling at Mountain Bike Velopark on June 13. (Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)

The team from Ukraine competes in the synchronised swimming free combination preliminaryUkraine's synchronized swimming team makes a splash at the free combination preliminary at Baku Aquatics Centre on June 13. (Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Nicolas Schori of Switzerland competes in the Men's Gymnastics Trampoline Individual QualificationNicolas Schori of Switzerland jumps as high as he can in the Men's Gymnastics Trampoline Individual Qualification at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 17. (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Boxers in the ring seen through fisheye lensA peek into the boxing ring at the Crystal Hall shows Joshua Buatsi of Great Britain (red) putting up his dukes against Teymur Mammadov of Azerbaijan (blue) in the Men's Boxing Light Heavyweight 81kg round of 32 bout on June 18. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Tzuf Feldon of Israel competes on the beam Tzuf Feldon of Israel defies gravity as she flips over the beam in the Women's Team Final and Individual Qualification on June 15. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Water polo ball splashes in the waterA water polo ball dips into the water at the Men's Water Polo Group Round Group A Match between Ukraine and France on June 14. (Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Athlete aims during a practice session ahead of the men's team archery eliminationAn athlete, silhouetted against the sun, takes aim during a practice session on June 17. (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Jennifer Bailey, Cicely Irwin and Josephine Sandovich of Great Britain compete in the Gymnastics Acrobatic Women's Group Dynamic QualificationJennifer Bailey, Cicely Irwin and Josephine Sandovich of Great Britain gracefully coordinate their routine in the Gymnastics Acrobatic Women's Group Dynamic Qualification on June 17. (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Canoe racingAzerbaijan's Valentin Demyanenko (right) powers through on his way to take second place in the Canoe Single 200m Men's final on June 16. (Photo: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Viktoriya Shalayeuskaya of Belarus competes in the Women's Beach VolleyballViktoriya Shalayeuskaya of Belarus makes a dive for the volleyball in the Women's Beach Volleyball preliminary match against Italy on June 16. (Photo: Francois Nel/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Saija Paavola of Finland competes in the Women's Diving Platform PreliminarySaija Paavola of Finland makes a speedy plunge into the pool in the Women's Diving Platform Preliminary on June 18. (Photo: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Lei Kou of Ukraine focuses his attention on the table tennis ballLei Kou of Ukraine appears to practice his levitation skills at the Men's Singles First Round match against Constantin Cioti of Romania on June 16. (Photo: Harry Engels/Getty Images for BEGOC)

Gal Litman of Israel competes in the Synchronised Swimming Solo Free RoutineGal Litman of Israel emerges from the water during the Synchronized Swimming Solo Free Routine preliminaries on June 13. (Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for BEGOC)

We look forward to seeing what the next week of the games holds! For a detailed schedule of events and to see the results so far, check out Baku2015.com.

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