2 August 18:20 (BST)

Quotes of the Day for Thursday 2 August

GLASGOW - A selection of the best quotes from day 1 of competition at the Glasgowe 2018 European Championships.

"It's too cold here."
- Italian swimmer Gregorio PALTRINIERI (ITA) explains why he is sticking to the pool in Glasgow and skipping the open water event in Loch Lomond, despite harbouring ambitions to do both events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

"You can feel bad when you get beaten by a 16-year-old, but I just try and turn it around. It is also pretty hard when you get beaten by a 30-year-old. I don't feel old. I'm the granny, but it's your perception of being old."
- Dutch swimmer Femke HEEMSKERK is still game to show the young'uns a thing or two.

"It's a nice feeling, but you were just champion in that moment, on that day. You have to prove yourself to be world champion the next time, too."
- Success is fleeting for Dutch track cyclist Jeffrey HOOGLAND, the world and European 1km time trial champion.

"It was just too hard. I couldn't keep the pace. I tried to maintain the second place, but I got too tired in the end."
Croatia's Damir MARTIN struggled to keep up in rowing's men's single sculls at Strathclyde Country Park.

"After a couple of thousand kilometres over the year, there's very little to be said in six minutes out there."
Ireland rower Gary O'DONOVAN, and his brother Paul, the lightweight double sculls silver medallists at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, like a chat but silence is golden in the boat.

"I put it into my mouth and it was like chocolate sauce. I was sprinting for one or two (first or second place) and I had chocolate everywhere."
- It may have been 37 degrees Celsius and nearing the end of her first 25km open water race but nothing would stand in the way of Dutch swimmer Sharon VAN ROUWENDAAL's craving for a Nutella sandwich, her preferred top-up fuel on race days.

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