Daniel Santigosa, right, and Noa Canovas, left, were the first-ever European Games padel gold medallists in the mixed doubles event ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

Top seeds Daniel Santigosa and Noa Canovas of Spain won the first European Games padel final here, where play did not finish until 1.37am local time.

Medal matches in the sport, which features elements of tennis and squash and is rising in popularity on the continent, were played on Kraków's Main Square against the backdrop of landmarks including St Mary's Basilica, the Cloth Hall and the Town Hall Tower.

Santigosa and Canovas triumphed in the mixed doubles in straight sets against Italy's Marco Cassetta and Giulia Sussarello, before second seeds Araceli María Martínez and David Gala earlier doubled the Spanish presence on the mixed doubles podium with a 7-6, 7-6 victory against France's Thomas Leygue and Lucile Pothier.

The women's doubles final was more than double that of the mixed event, with Italy's Carolina Orsi and Giorgia Marchetti beating the top seeds Marta Barrera and Marta Caparro of Spain in three sets.

The Italian pair took the first set 6-4, but their opponents levelled by the same scoreline in the second.

Orsi and Marchetti found a break early in the decider, but that was equalled out in a game in which one of the Italian players required medical attention after falling over the net.

However, Orsi and Marchetti found another break at 5-5, and held serve to take gold.

The bronze medal match in the women's doubles had a very similar story, with an Italian pair beating Spanish opponents in a lengthy three-set encounter.

It took two hours and 44 minutes for third seeds Sussarello and Chiara Pappacena to clinch a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win against second seeds Canovas and Martínez.

The men's doubles final was an all-Spanish affair won by second seeds Santigosa and Gala against top seeds Alonso Rodríguez and Pablo García.

Padel proved popular in Kraków's Main Square, although play did not finish until 1.37am local time on Monday morning ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023
Padel proved popular in Kraków's Main Square, although play did not finish until 1.37am local time on Monday morning ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

Santigosa and Gala took both sets 6-3 for victory in one hour and nine minutes.

The bronze medal match in the men's doubles was won by Portugal's Afonso Fazendeiro and Miguel Oliveira as they came from behind to beat Italy's Cassetta and Simone Cremona 6-7, 7-5, 6-0 in two hours and 31 minutes.

Spain stayed top of the medals table after day four of competition, having also won the first gold of the day in the artistic swimming team free event with a 261.6347 routine at the Oświęcim Aquatics Centre.

Miguel Alvariño and Elia Canales provided gold for Spain on the opening day of finals at the Plaszowianka Archery Park, triumphing 5-1 against Ukraine's Anastasia Pavlova and Ivan Kozhokar in the mixed team recurve final.

Spain had earlier beaten Turkey and eventual bronze medallists Germany 6-2.

Thierry Ndikumwenayo provided a stunning men's 5,000 metres victory for Spain in 13min 25.48sec on the final day of athletics at the Silesian Stadium, and Esther Guerrero held off a late charge from The Netherlands' Marissa Damink to win the women's 1500m by just 0.01 in 4:11.77.

Day four featured the only day of mountain biking at Kraków-Małopolska 2023, with races staged at the Krynica-Zdrój Hill Park.

Puck Pieterse of The Netherlands claimed an impressive victory in the 20 kilometres women's cross-country race, her time of 1:18.26 beating nearest challenger Mona Mitterwallner of Austria by 26 seconds.

In the men's 23.4km cross-country race, Vlad Dascălu of Romania moved from fourth with 5km to go into first and crossed the finish line in 1:19.41, which was 14 seconds clear of Switzerland's Lars Forster.

Lisell Jäätma and Robin Jäätma provided Estonia's first gold of the Games with a shoot-off victory in the mixed compound final against Denmark's Tanja Gellenthien and Mathias Fullerton, while Zalan Tibor Pekler of Hungary won the first gold of the day at the Wrocław Shooting Centre against Czech Republic's Jiří Přívratský in the men's 50m rifle three positions final.

The first shooting golds on the range were won by Italy's Martina Bartolomei and Sweden's Marcus Svensson in the women's and men's skeet respectively.

Ukraine reached double figures of gold medals through Oleksii Sereda and Kirill Boliukh, who scored 398.70 to win the men's 10m synchronised platform final by nearly 10 points over Italy's Riccardo Giovannini and Eduard Timbretti Gugiu at the Rzeszow Diving Arena.

Julia Walczyk-Klimaszyk, right, provided a home victory for Poland in the women's foil on the first day of fencing finals in Krakow ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023
Julia Walczyk-Klimaszyk, right, provided a home victory for Poland in the women's foil on the first day of fencing finals in Krakow ©Kraków-Małopolska 2023

Chiara Pellacani of Italy won the other diving gold with 321.45 in the women's 3m springboard final.

Fencing competition began at the Tauron Arena in Kraków today, with golds going to Poland's Julia Walczyk-Klimaszyk in the women's foil and Sandro Bazadze of Georgia in the men's sabre.

Walczyk-Klimaszyk won her final 15-11 against Flóra Pásztor of Hungary, while Bazadze denied the hosts a double with a 15-13 victory against Krzysztof Kaczkowski.

France did secure a double in sport climbing with Thomas Lemagner winning the men's boulder final with two tops and four zones at the Tarnów Climbing Centre and Zélia Avezou reaching all four tops in the women's boulder final for gold.

Taekwondo was the day's other medal sport, with competition held at the Krynica-Zdrój Arena.

Former world champion Sarah Chaari of Belgium was the first winner in the women's under-62 kilograms with a 5-5, 4-6, 13-7 triumph over Petra Štolbová of Czech Republic, and Serbia's Aleksandra Perišić beat reigning European champion Cecilia Castro Burgos of Spain 7-1, 4-0 in the women's under-67kg.

Georgia's Zurab Kintsurashvili triumphed 10-4, 6-4 in the men's under-74kg final against Nedžad Husić, who won Bosnia and Herzegovina's first medal of Kraków-Małopolska 2023.

Denmark's Edi Hrnic was the other winner 8-4, 7-6 against Norway's Richard Ordemann in the men's under-80kg final.

Tomorrow is set to feature medal events across five sports, including the end of taekwondo competition and the first table tennis final.