12 Aug 2018

What happened yesterday at the European Championships

The highlights of competition at the European Championships on Saturday 11 August.

Triathlon:

With three medals, France topped the triathlon medal tally at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships to continue their increasing dominance in the sport. 

The French squad was on the podium in each of the three elite events contested on the hilly course at Strathclyde Country Park.

Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) secured bronze in the women's event while a confident Pierre Le Corre (FRA) grabbed gold in the men's event. Both contributed to the team's success in the mixed relay, partnering Leonie Periault and Dorian Coninx.

Olympic champion Nicola Spirig (SUI) won her sixth gold medal at a European Championships to make women's triathlon history, and added silver in the mixed relay to cap a stellar weekend.

Marten Van Riel (BEL) was the third double medallist of Glasgow 2018, picking up bronze in both the individual and relay events. He anchored the Belgian team of Claire Michel, Jelle Geens and Valerie Barthelemy to a solid third place in the relay after running clear of Hungary's Mark Devay.

Diving:

Grace Reid (GBR) put on a dramatic show for her local supporters to clinch the women's 3m springboard title in the Royal Commonwealth Pool, where she learned to dive as a child.

Third after the fourth round, the 22-year-old Scot produced a superb final dive - a forward 2½ somersault with one twist, piked - to grab the gold medal away from fellow-Briton Alicia Blagg with a total of 329.40 points.

Blagg took the silver (327.70) ahead of German bronze medallist Tina Punzel (324.65) as Britain regained top spot in the diving medals table with four golds, five silvers and one bronze.

Defending champions Matthew Lee (GBR) and Lois Toulson (GBR) were beaten to the mixed synchronised 10m platform gold by Russians Yulia Timoshinina and Nikita Shleikher.

Athletics:

Norway's Jakob Ingebrigtsen and Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith became golden double winners on a spectacular night of athletics in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.

Less than 24 hours after winning the 1500m, the 17-year-old Ingebrigtsen sensationally banked his second gold with an even more remarkable run in the 5000m, leading a family one-two in a European junior record of 13 minutes 17.06 seconds.

Older brother Henrik took silver and France's 10,000m champion Morhad Amdouni bagged bronze.

Asher-Smith clinched a second medal as she backed up her victory in Tuesday’s 100m with another awesome display of sprinting to beat Netherlands' two-time world champion Dafne Schippers for the second time in five days.

The Briton crossed the line in 21.89 seconds, beating her own national record with the quickest time in the world this year.

Meanwhile, Sandra Perkovic won a fifth successive European Championships gold in a single event.

The Croatian world and Olympic champion retained her discus title with a fifth-round throw of 67.72 metres that pushed Germany’s long-time leader Nadine Muller into second.

There was some field event success for the hosts, as Mateusz Przybylko won the men’s high jump with a clearance of 2.35m and Malaika Mihambo triumphed in a tight women’s long jump final. She leapt with 6.75m to win with just seven centimetres separating the top four.

As defending champions, Belgium were the justified favourites for the men’s 4x400m relay but they needed a special performance from Kevin Borlee to bring the baton home ahead of Great Britain and Spain.

The women’s 4x400m relay went to Poland as Justyna Swiety-Ersetic won her second title of the night following a narrow victory in the individual 400m final just an hour and a half earlier.

Her compatriot Adam Kszczot won Poland's third gold of the night, becoming the first man to win three European 800m titles. He clocked 1 minute 44.59 seconds to triumph ahead of Andreas Kramer of Sweden.

Spain celebrated a golden double as Alvaro Martin and Maria Perez were crowned European 20km race walk champions.

Golf:

Iceland's quartet of Valdis Thora Jonsdottir and Birgir Hafthorsson paired with Olafia Kristinsdottir and Axel Boasson created golfing history when they won the inaugural mixed team event at the Gleneagles PGA Centenary Course.

The Icelanders took the gold medal with an aggregate score of 141 over the 36 holes played by the two pairs. It was their country's first medal of the European Championships.

They took the main prize ahead of the British number three team Meghan MacLaren and Liam Johnston, and Michele Thomson and Connor Syme who took the silver medal.

The bronze medal went to Sweden's second team quartet of Johanna Gustavsson and Oscar Floren, and Julia Engstrom and Daniel Jennervret after a sudden-death play off against Spain's Noemi Jimenez and Scott Fernandez, and Silvia Banon and Pedro Oriol.

Gymnastics:

Russia's men won their third consecutive European team title after two Great Britain athletes fell off their final apparatus, the horizontal bar, having closed the gap between silver and gold to just 1.132 points after five rotations.

After Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) fell on the floor exercise and made some minor mistakes on pommel horse, the Russians rose to the occasion on rings, vault, parallel bars and horizontal bar to score a total of 257.260 points, 3.898 ahead of their long-time rivals.

With two-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock (GBR) to the fore, the British men looked capable of pulling off what seemed an unlikely victory, until mistakes by Dominick Cunningham and James Hall (GBR) on the horizontal bar.

France took bronze after veteran Cyril Tommasone (FRA) posted the highest pommel horse score of the day, 14.666.

BMX:

With a surprising one-two, British BMXers Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte won men's gold and silver at a sold-out Glasgow BMX Centre in Knightswood Park.

To the joy of a raucous home crowd, Evans managed to lead the final top to bottom to take his first European title, while his younger team-mate crowned with silver a successful comeback over world champion Sylvain Andre (FRA) as freshman Whyte pipped the finals' main favourite at the photo finish.

Open Water Swimming:

The Dutch open water swimmers became the new champions of Europe at mixed team relay at Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park.

France took the bronze medal while Hungary were disqualified when Katalin Onon Somenek missed a buoy at the changeover.