The names of the 5 finalists who will run for the “Best Summer European Young Athlete” Prize have been unveiled. The NOCs of Europe have shortlisted 3 girls and two boys, among them one athlete from Italy and one from Croatia:
Mr Franko GRGIC (CRO) – Swimming
Ms Yaroslava MAHUCHIKH (UKR) – Athletics
Mr Madis MIHKELS (EST) – Cycling
Ms Liza PUSZTAI (HUN) – Fencing
Ms Giorgia VILLA (ITA) – Artistic Gymnastics
All of them have medalled at the Summer European Youth Olympic Festivals or the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) or at both events: Swimmer Grcic won two gold medals at the EYOF Baku 2019, Cyclist Mihkels two gold medals at the EYOF Baku 2019, High jumper Mahuchikh 1 gold at EYOF Gyor 2017 and 1 gold at the YOG Buenos Aires 2018, Fencer Pusztai 2 gold medals at the YOG Buenos Aires, Gymnast Villa 3 gold and 1 Silver at the YOG Buenos Aires 2018.
While the elections will take place during the 48th EOC General Assembly in Warsaw on 26 October, the athletes will be awarded at the Gala Dinner of the Polish NOC Centenary Celebrations, which will take place on the evening of the same day.
The winning athlete will receive an amount of €15,000, while the second and third-place finishers will secure €8,000 and €5,000 respectively. The fourth and fifth place athletes, meanwhile, both will receive €3,000.