Baku 2015: Driscoll proud after securing synchro final spot

19 June 2015 / 15:27

When Kat Driscoll touched down in Baku for the European Games she was hopeful of challenging for one medal but the Olympian now has a shot at two after making it to Sunday's synchronised final with Laura Gallagher.

The 29-year-old comfortably qualified for Sunday's individual final but neither she or Gallagher expected to make it through Friday's synchronised qualification.

The pair had focused their efforts on their individual routines in the build up to Baku but in the end they produced two solid performances to earn a shot at gold with 40.000 in their first and 43.800 in their second.

That saw off the challenge of Portugal in sixth and left Bulgarian duo Simona Ivanova and Valeriya Yordanova to settle for a first reserve spot after racking up 79.500 with their two efforts.

“It was really good and I am really pleased with what we managed to do. I am really proud of Laura to come out and deliver two solid routines,” said Driscoll.

“We have got really close as a team and performance-wise we got the highest score I have ever had in a synchronised event in the first routine.

“It's the first time we have ever competed so it was a massive shock when we were able to do that.

“We had to refocus and not get carried away and we are just really pleased to make the final because we hadn't focused on this in the build up.

“We have been concentrating on the individual so this was a case of seeing how it goes so to make the final is pretty good.”

While Driscoll and Gallagher celebrated the women's aerobic group of Ella Augier, Chloe Farrance, Olivia Farrance, Sophie Groves and Kayleigh Silva were left disappointed after they finished seventh in qualification.

The group scored 19.161 overall but that wasn't enough to displace Italy who stole the last final spot with a score of 19.600.

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