Monday’s sporting action at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships focussed on the pool and the track and it was a day packed full of medals.
We were at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome in Glasgow’s East End, where Team GB’s Jack Carlin, from nearby Paisley, used the home crowd advantage to take an impressive victory as he went head to head with France in the men’s Sprint Quarterfinals.
Later, against Germany’s Stefan Botticher in the Semi’s, there was drama with both cyclists receiving one penalty relegation each, meaning it came down to a deciding race to decide who would go forward to ride for gold and silver. Carlin was beaten by just half a wheel to the finish line, meaning he would battle it out for bronze against the Dutch.
In the evening’s bronze medal race he took it to a nail-biting decider yet again for the Glasgow crowd, pushing across the line in the final 5 metres ahead of the Netherlands in the 2nd heat and setting up a huge battle for bronze. Carlin couldn’t hold on though and was beaten in the final lap with the Dutch rider Harrie Lavreysen taking the bronze medal.
In the men’s Madison final, a gruelling 200 laps of the track lay ahead, with each country represented by 2 riders. These riders are allowed to ‘slingshot’ their partner around the track, giving them extra momentum to get ahead. But every ten laps there is also a sprint lap, with extra points available for the country ending that lap first. Confused? Yes, you’re not alone!
Thankfully for us Team GB riders Ethan Hayter and Ollie Wood knew what they were doing and after 190 laps the boys had enough stamina to turn on the turbo-boosters and climbed through the rankings to take a magnificent bronze medal, raising the roof of the Velodrome in one of the most gripping moments of the day!
In the women’s Omnium, current Commonwealth and European Champion Katie Archibald represented GB and put in a superb effort in the 4-stage race. Placing second at the half way point, Archibald powered to an exciting win in the Elimination race to take the top spot as she went into the final element – the 20km Points Race (that’s 80 laps around the track).
The Scot put in a gutsy performance to the delight of the Glasgow crowd, with the velodrome cheering her on to win a silver medal with 144 points, behind Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands with 155. Bronze went to the Italian rider, Letizia Paternoster.
The British team were also represented by Lauren Bate-Low and Sophie Capewell in the 500m Time Trial, although both failed to qualify with times of 34.739s and 35.044s respectively over the 2 lap sprint. In the end, the Russian cyclist Darius Shmeleva smashed the rest of the field with a gold-winning effort of 33.285 seconds. Ukraine and Germany took the silver and bronze positions.
In the pool events today, the first of the Diving medals were won at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, with Ukraine dominating the mixed team event to take gold, ahead of Germany and Russia.
Meanwhile, at Tollcross, Britain’s men’s team won gold in the 4 x 100m medley, Alys Thomas secured a fantastic bronze medal in the 200m Butterfly, just behind Russia and Hungary. The Russian’s took more medals in the men’s 100m Backstroke, and both gold medals in the synchronised swimming taking gold and silver, adding to their overall 31 medals, putting them at the top of the table.