11 Aug 2018

What happened yesterday at the European Championships

Highlights of all the sporting action on Friday 10 August.

Athletics

Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen transformed himself from prodigious junior into astounding senior in the Berlin Olympic Stadium when he destroyed a classy 1500m field to win European Championship gold at the age of 17.

Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (FRA) won the 110m hurdles title by two thousandths of a second from Sergey Shubenkov (ANA).

Belgium’s Olympic and world heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam took her first European title despite the sustained challenge of Britain’s world indoor champion Katerina Johnson-Thompson.

Germany expected one javelin gold in this stadium - in the men’s event - but now has two thanks to a Championship record throw of 67.90m by Christin Hussong in the women’s final.

Double world champion Mariya Lasitskene (ANA) added European gold to the silver she won four years ago when she won the women’s high jump on countback from Bulgaria’s Mirela Demireva.

Ukraine claimed two medals in the women’s 800m thanks to gold medallist Nataliya Pryshchepa and her team-mate Olha Lyakhova, who clinched bronze. Renelle Lamote (FRA) was sandwiched between in a desperately close finish.

Lea Sprunger (SUI) was an exuberant winner of the women’s 400m hurdles and Paraskevi Papachristou leapt 14.60m to win the women’s triple jump.

Gymnastics

Five time European junior men's champions Great Britain missed out on their chance to win an historic sixth title at the SSE Hydro when they had two falls off the horizontal bar and handed gold to Russia.

Britain were well on their way to a record sixth consecutive gold when it all fell to pieces on their last event. The two falls meant Russia took gold by a margin of 0.833 points after they had won silver in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

The Russians finished their competition with one of their best events, the still rings.

Gold in the junior men’s individual all-around competition went to Italy's Nicolo Mozzato (80.198), followed by Britain's Jamie Lewis (79.731) and Russia's Sergei Naidin (79.598).

Triathlon

France's Pierre Le Corre secured his first-ever European triathlon gold at Strathclyde Country Park.

The French triathlete won in 1 hour 47 minutes 17 seconds over Fernando Alarza (ESP), who grabbed silver after an extraordinary comeback to finish the race just 11 seconds behind.

Belgian Marten Van Riel earned bronze in 1:47:40.

Golf

Iceland's Birgir Hafthorsson and Axel Boasson made the semi-finals of the men's golf team event.

Britain's challenge fell apart with Callum Shinkwin and Lee Slattery, and Connor Syme and Liam Johnston, both losing.

That leaves the other semi-final between the second Spanish duo, Pedro Oriol and Scott Fernandez, and Italy's Francesco Laporta and Alessandro Tadini.

The final group matches brought surprises and predictable results with two British teams and one each from France and Sweden qualifying for Sunday’s semi-finals at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course.

There was a shock exit for Great Britain's Catriona Matthew and Holly Clyburn who started the day as group D leaders but lost by two holes against Sweden's Cajsa Persson and Linda Wessberg. The two teams finished level on four points but the Swedes went through on the strength of their head-to-head win over the Britons in their final group match.

The other semi-final will be between Britain 3 pair Meghan MacLaren and Michele Thomson, who halved their final group C match against Finland's Ursula Wikstrom and Noora Komulainen, and Justine Dreher and Manon Molle (FRA), who qualified by beating Germany's Olivia Cowan and Karolin Lampert by one hole in group B.

Diving

Russia's Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov snatched the men's 3m synchronised springboard gold medal from Britain's Jack Laugher and Chris Mears in an exciting final as the diving competition at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh.

Mariia Poliakova (RUS) won her first European Championship gold medal, in the women's 1m springboard.

Former world champion Patrick Hausding (GER), 29, who struggled with injuries and was not able to reach the podium places in his individual events, earned the bronze with partner Lars Ruediger (GER).

BMX

World champion BMX rider Sylvain Andre (FRA) cruised through the opening motos round despite nursing hip and wrist injuries from his crash in training on Thursday.

The world number one doubted he would even make the first starting gate before a packed Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood Park, but looked comfortable as he won all three runs with ease. 

French team-mate Romain Mahieu and Dutch rider Dave Van Der Burg also dominated their heats but neither was as quick as Great Britain's Kyle Evans, the fastest rider over the course.

In the women's event, Dutch sisters Laura and Merel Smulders both qualified from the same heat as they again look to occupy the top two podium positions at a major championships, following Laura's gold and Merel's silver in the World Championships in Baku in June.