11 Aug 2018

Ones to watch on Sunday 12 August

A preview of the action at the 2018 European Championships.

Marathons and sprint relays bookend final day in Berlin
Athletics from 10.05am

The focus returns to Berlin city centre for the start of the final day of athletics as the marathons get underway in the German capital. Norway's European record holder Sondre Nordstad Moen is going for men's gold and Belarusian Volha Mazuronak is tipped to win the women's race.

Back at the Olympic Stadium, Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) and Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) seek their fourth European titles in the men's pole vault and women's hammer respectively, while Britain's Laura Muir and Dutch star Sifan Hassan lead the fields in the women's 1500m and 5000m respectively.

The 4x100m relays will bring the Championships to a close, with Britain's sprinters looking to add more titles to their individual honours.

British youngster Dixon tries to topple Auffret in men's 10m platform
Diving from 9.30am

Russian and British divers will continue their battle for dominance at the Royal Commonwealth Pool as the competition wraps up with the men's 10m platform and the women's 3m synchronised springboard. In the 10m platform, defending champion Benjamin Auffret (FRA) and new 10m synchronised European champion Aleksandr Bondar (RUS) need to watch out for Great Britain's 18-year-old Matthew Dixon.

In the 3m women's synchro, Grace Reid (GBR), competing alongside Katherine Torrance (GBR), has another medal chance in the pool where she started her career. Competition should come mainly from defending champions Nadezhda Bazhina and Kristina Ilinykh of Russia.

Van Rouwendaal aims for women's triple at Loch Lomond
Open Water Swimming from 9am

The Open Water Swimming competition ends at Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park on Sunday with the 25km events for men and women, a gruelling five-hour marathon that will involve food stops.

World champion Axel Reymond (FRA), who took a surprise 5km silver medal on the first day, is favourite but will face a strong challenge from Italian Matteo Furlan, who is hoping for third time lucky. Reymond beat Furlan by 0.6 seconds in the 2017 World Championships having also beaten him in the 2016 European championships.

In the women's race, defending champion Martina Grimaldi (ITA) starts favourite but can expect challenges from countrywoman Arianna Bridi and Sharon Van Rouwendaal, who has already won the 5km and 10km events.

Slovakian Sagan expected to brighten up rainy men's road race
Road Cycling from 10.30am

In the absence of British stars Mark Cavendish and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, Slovakian cycling sensation Peter Sagan will be the star attraction at the men's road race.

Sagan's achievements on the bike are matched by his colourful personality off it, but the three-time world road cycling champion will face stiff competition - and probably wet conditions - including Norway's defending European champion Alexander Kristoff, who won the final sprint on the Champs Elysees at the Tour de France last month.

Favourites and outsiders in contention as medals decided at Gleneagles
Golf from 07.30am

The unbeatables go into battle looking for gold medals in the men's and women's team event at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles. Britain's Georgia Hall and Laura Davies have swept all before them in their women’s Group A games and are big favourites for gold. They meet Cajsa Persson and Linda Wessberg (SWE) in the semi-finals.

No-one has been able to beat the surprise package of the week, Iceland's Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson, in Group D of the men’s event.

But the Italians Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini are also unbeaten from Group B, and if they can overcome Pedro Oriol and Scott Fernandez (ESP) in the semi-finals, will also be strong contenders for gold.

Men's awesome foursome promise individual brilliance
Gymnastics from 10am

Competition wraps up at the SSE Hydro with the men's individual finals, and it promises to be quite a show.

On the floor, Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) only qualified in fourth place but should contend for a medal if he nails his trademark triple somersault. Another big name, Olympic champion Max Whitlock, will also need to improve on the pommel horse after he qualified behind David Belyavskiy (RUS) and the impressive Rhys McClenaghan (IRL).

Olympic, world and European champion Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE) is expected to prove he's still lord of the rings, while 32-year-old flying Dutchman Epke Zonderland will need to roll back the years - he was London 2012 Olympic Games champion - to win gold on the high bar.