The 18th edition of the Games in Tarragona was postponed from 2017 to 2018, due to the financial difficulties Spain was facing following almost one whole year of political paralysis in the country. After Barcelona (1955) and Almeria (2005), Spain was organising the event for the third time. Inaugurated by King Felipe VI, the Games were held from June 22 to July 1, during the World Cup in Russia. For the first time, Portugal and Kosovo competed in the events, with the participation of 26 countries overall, with 3,648 athletes attending this edition, including 1,468 women. Italy was once again at the top of the countries’ ranking with 156 podiums, including 56 titles. The new members were off to a good start with 24 podiums for Portugal and 4 for Kosovo, the two nations following each other in the countries’ ranking (13th and 14th). Only Andorra and Libya failed in winning any medals. Greece’s Anna Korakaki was the star of the competition. Already an Olympic title holder in 25m pistol shooting at the Rio Olympics, she won the gold in the 10m pistol event. The same was true for weightlifter Lidia Valentin, an Olympic champion in Beijing, who won two gold medals in Tarragona.