10 Aug 2018

Ones to watch on Saturday 11 August

What to watch tomorrow at the 2018 European Championships.

Sharon Van Rouwendaal spearheads Dutch bid for more gold
Open Water Swimming from 11am

It is the mixed team relay in the Open Water Swimming and the Dutch will be hoping to add to their gold medal tally. Sharon Van Rouwendaal has already won the 5km and 10km at Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, while Ferry Weertman successfully defended his European title in the 10km.

They join forces on Saturday with Esmee Vermeulen, bronze in the 10km, and Pepijn Maxime Smits but face a fight with favourites France, while Great Britain are an outside bet for a medal.

Great Britain ready to challenge France for mixed relay title
Triathlon from 5.35pm

It will be a thrilling triathlon mixed relay battle at Strathclyde Country Park. World Champions France will be challenged for gold by world number four Great Britain, who are looking to impress the home crowd.

A podium finish will also be a goal for the Netherlands as they try to improve on their two fifth places in the World Triathlon Series circuit. Belgium, who claimed a fourth spot in Edmonton in July, also hope to be in medal contention.

Britain's Grace Reid determined to make it a golden homecoming
Diving from 9.30am

Britain’s Grace Reid, already a silver medallist in the mixed synchronised 3m springboard, goes in search of gold in the individual 3m event at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, where she learned to dive. 

The 22-year-old Scot, who is now based at the Aquatics Centre in London, is the favourite but will face a serious challenge from Germany's Tina Punzel, who beat her to the mixed 3m synchronised gold with Lou Massenberg (GER).

The mixed 10m platform synchro has the potential for another Russia-Britain battle with Russians Yulia Timoshinina and Nikita Shleikher, second in the World Series, taking on Britain's Matthew Lee and Lou Toulson, who has already won a gold in the women’s 10m synchro.

11 medals up for grabs in hectic Athletics finale
Athletics from 8.05am

It’s an all-out finals day in athletics with 11 titles up for grabs, ranging from the men's and women’s 20km race walks in the morning to the 4x400m relays at the end of the evening session.

Between those contrasting events, Croatia’s double World and Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic will bid to become the first five-time European champion in a single event when she defends her discus crown. Serbia’s Ivana Spanovic seeks to retain her long jump title against three in-form Britons, Lorraine Ugen, Shara Proctor and Jazmin Sawyers. And Norway’s Ingebrigtsen brothers are back seeking more medals in the men’s 5000m final.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith bids to complete the women’s sprint double in the 200m final.

Frenchman Sylvain Andre on track despite hip trouble
BMX from 10.05am 

World Champion and world number one Sylvain Andre (FRA) remains favourite for the men's event after cruising through the opening motos round on Friday, less than 24 hours after his participation in the competition was put in doubt by a crash in training.

Andre, who said he was still nursing a sore left hip and left wrist, will be hounded all the way by 2018 world cup leader Niek Kimmann and his Netherlands team-mate, world number four Joris Harmsen. In the women's event, Dutch world champion Laura Smulders is on course to defend her European title after winning all three of her motos on Friday.

Russia face battle with Great Britain to achieve title hat-trick
Gymnastics from 1pm

After finishing on top at the 2014 and 2016 European Championships, the Russian men's gymnastics squad is aiming to make it a golden treble in the team competition. Their team includes three returning members from 2016 - Nikolai Kuksenkov, David Belyavskiy and Nikita Nagornyy.

They qualified with a seven-point margin over Great Britain, the team that took silver in 2014 and 2016. Great Britain includes two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock and Commonwealth Games gold medallists Courtney Tulloch, Dominick Cunningham and James Hall.

With Russia and Great Britain most likely battling for gold and silver medals, the door to bronze will be open for the teams from Germany (third in qualifications), Switzerland (fifth). The other finalists are Turkey, France, Spain and Italy.

Britons favourite on a unique day for golf
Golf from noon

The British pair of Dame Laura Davies, unbeaten so far at Gleneagles, and Callum Shinkwin are looking to win the first mixed team event on the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course. They will form Great Britain’s first team, with Georgia Hall (GB) playing with Lee Slattery (GB) as the ladies join the men in the first event of its kind.

Davies and Shinkwin meet Olafia Kristinsdottir (ICE) and Axel Boasson (ICE) and Hall and Slattery take on Stefania Avanzo (ITA) and Lorenzo Gagli (ITA). It is a stroke play event, with each team playing 18 holes and their rounds added together to determine the gold medallist.