The 2018 European Championships are well underway in Glasgow and we’re following all the sporting and cultural celebrations around the city.
Day 3 of these games have thrown up plenty of surprises and even a world record in the pool for the Great Britain team, with Adam Peaty smashing his previous record to take gold at Tollcross in the 100m Breaststroke. There silver for team mate James Wilby and a heroic bronze for our 200m Freestyle relay team, coming back from 6th to 3rd in the last 50m!
But there was disappointment for GB’s female gymnasts as they failed to secure a podium finish in the team competition at the Hydro, ending the event in 4th place.
Earlier today we were lapping up the excitement of the Women’s Senior Team Final in artistic gymnastics at the SSE Hydro. A capacity crowd cheered on as teams from Russia, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary, Spain and Great Britain battled it out for a medal.
Teams compete in 4 key areas – vault, beam, floor and uneven bars. Each team rotates around these 4 areas of apparatus gaining individual scores for their performance, contributing to one overall country score.
The British team of Georgia-Mae Fenton, Kelly Simm, Lucy Stanhope, Alice Kinsella and Taeja James all executed a superb programme, with James performing exceptionally well on the beam to the delight of the Glasgow crowd.
The French team also had very vocal support at the Hydro, with Loretta Charley, Marine Boyer, Juliette Bossu and Melanie De Jesus impressing with their routines on the uneven bars.
At the half-way point Great Britain were in 6th place, with Russia, France and Ukraine leading the team leaderboard. The British team were on vault for the final rotation and managed to pull it back to take 4th place in a nail-biting climax to the team programme, with a score of 157.263 in the end.
Ultimate champions and gold medalists on the day were the gymnastic powerhouse, the Russian Federation, with a score of 165.195, with silver going to France and bronze going to the Netherlands.
In the evening, Tollcross International Swimming Centre played host to six separate finals, with Brits Adam Peaty, James Wilby, Duncan Scott, Kathleen Dawson and Georgia Davies all stepping out with high hopes of medals.
And the swimming was off to a fantastic start for Team GB, with a gold in the 100m Breaststroke for Adam Peaty and silver for team mate James Wilby! Peaty smashed his own world record with a time of 57.00 seconds.
There was a strong swim from Scotland’s Duncan Scott in the 100m Freestyle semi-final, with Scott comfortably through placing fourth in his race. Georgia Davies won her 50m Backstroke semi-final securing more GB finalists later in the week.
Possibly the loudest cheer of the night was the comeback for Team GB’s 200m Freestyle relay team, placing 6th until the last 50m when the team snatched the bronze medal position in a stunning swim.
Glasgow is well practised in hosting large sporting events, with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games being hailed as the best Games ever by officials. It has also played host to the Homeless World Cup in 2016 and the Gymnastics World Championships in 2015.
Ireland’s Ryan Shane took bronze in a time of 24.64s in the 50m Backstroke final too, their first medal at these Games.
There was also silver for Great Britain in both the men’s and women’s rowing at Strathclyde Park.