9 Aug 2018

Ones to watch for Friday 10 August

A preview of the key action at the 2018 European Championships on Friday 10 August.

Brownlee (GBR) back - but he faces a battle 
Triathlon from 16:00

The men's event offers exciting Triathlon action at Strathclyde Country Park on day two of competition. After a calf injury, favourite Alistair Brownlee (GBR) is aiming for his fourth European title. But Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Pierre Le Corre (FRA), fifth and seventh in the world rankings respectively, are looking very strong and will challenge the two-time Olympic champion for gold.

Richard Varga (SVK), the strongest swimmer on the circuit, is aiming to grab a second European medal after being crowned European sprint Champion in July in Tartu, Estonia.

Norway's Ingebrigtsen brothers contest 1500m and Belgium’s Borlee twins go in the men’s 400m final
Athletics finals - evening session from 19:00 (BST)

"If anyone wants to join the Ingebrigsten party, please do so," said Henrik Ingebrigsten on Wednesday after he and younger brothers Filip and Jakob booked their places in Friday’s 1500m final at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. Their attempt at a sibling sweep of the metric mile medals will be the last of nine finals on day five of Athletics.

Belgium’s Borlee twins, Kevin and Jonathan, add to the brotherly theme in the men’s 400m final in which Britain’s Matthew Hudson-Smith and Norway’s double-chasing 400m hurdles Champion Karsten Warholm will also be medal contenders.

Double World Indoor and Outdoor Champion Mariya Lasitskene, competing as an 'Authorised Neutral Athlete', is the outstanding favourite for the women’s high jump, while the heptathlon also concludes with Belgium’s World and Olympic Champion Nafissatou Thiam expected to contend strongly.

French and Dutch World Champions to add European titles to their tallies
BMX from 12:01

The BMX action at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships starts with the 'motos' (qualification heats). In the men’s event, France can count on the brand-new World Champion Sylvain Andre. Their main rivals are Dutch, as 2015 World Champion and 2018 World Cup leader Niek Kimmann and his team-mate, world number four Joris Harmsen, will battle it out for a medal.

In the women’s event it is likely to be an all-Dutch powerhouse. In the recent World Championships three Oranje swept the podium. Reigning European Champion Laura Smulders added the World Champion title to her tally, while her sister Merel took silver ahead of world number two Judy Baauw.

Laugher (GBR) going for third gold in battle with Russian World Champions
Diving from 09:30

Olympic Champions Jack Laugher and Christopher Mears (GBR) want to add another gold medal to the British divers’ haul in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in the 3m synchronised springboard. Laugher is going for is third gold of the Championships, having won titles in both the 1m and 3m springboard events, but Russian World Champions Evgenii Kuznetsovk/Ilia Zakharov will not make it easy for the Britons.

In the women’s 1m springboard, Elena Bertocchi (ITA) hopes to defend her European title, but competition will be tough, with 2017 World silver medallist Nadezhda Bazhina (RUS) and mixed synchronised gold medallist Tina Punzel (GER). New 10m platform hampion Celine Maria Van Duijn (NED) could be good for another surprise.