Baku Bulletin: Day 15 in Review

27 June 2015 / 16:08

Team GB’s swimmers finished their European Games with six medals on the final day in the pool while the men’s foil team took gold but there was no joy for Britain’s judokas. Saturday's results means Team GB finish the inaugural European Games with 47 medals - 18 gold, ten silver and 19 bronze. Here’s our review of day 15 in Baku.

  • Duncan Scott and Cameron Kurle finish one-two as Team GB take swimming medal tally to 23
  • Men’s foil team finish with gold after close battle with Italy
  • Natalie Powell misses out on bronze as judokas struggle

Swimmers finish with a flurry on final day at Baku Aquatics Centre

There were six medals in the pool on the final day of swimming action in Baku with Duncan Scott and Cameron Kurle’s taking gold and silver in the 200m freestyle.

Charlie Attwood picked up bronze in the 100m breaststroke while Abbie Wood was the day’s other individual winner with bronze in her 200m individual medley final.

And there was more relay success for the Brits as the women’s 4x200m freestyle team took bronze, and Scott and Attwood helped Luke Greenbank and Martyn Walton to silver in the men’s 4x100m medley to take the tally to 23 for the competition.

“I’m really proud to get a gold, I knew Cameron would be the biggest threat and I knew if we took it out fast enough we could see the Russians off,” said Scott. “There’s a big battle between the Russians and the Brits in the pool here so it was good to come out on top in that one.

“It’s been a great week, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and I have to say thanks to all the really teammates that I’ve been racing with.

“I have got two individual golds but I wouldn’t have the medal count that I do if it wasn’t for them.

“The 4x100, 4x200 and now this is brilliant. We didn’t expect a medal.” Read more here.

Men's foil team finish with gold after seeing off France and Italy

Team GB's men's foil team finished with gold after they managed to see off Italy in a closely-contested final in Baku. 

The Brits had beaten Germany and France to earn he chance to go for gold and the trio of  Alexander Tofalides, Marcus Mepstead and Richard Kruse came through a tricky tie with their Italian counterparts. 

The Italians clawed their way back after falling behind early but a final flurry from Mepstead and Kruse mean the Brits - including Ben Peggs who didn't fence - took the gold. 

“It was a very tough match against one of the best nations in the world but we fenced really well as a team and when we needed each other we fought for each other,” said Tofalides.

“Thankfully Richard was able to finish it off at the end so it was a really good team performance.” Read more here.

Powell happy with performance despite narrowly missing bronze

Natalie Powell admits she was happy with her performance despite narrowly missing out on bronze in Baku.

Powell was beaten in the quarter finals by Marhinde Verkerk but came through her repechage against Abigel Joo to set up a bronze-medal clash with Slovenia’s Anamari Klementina Velensek.

It wasn’t to be for Powell in the end as the Slovenian scored an Ippon to take the medal but the Brit still found positives in her performance.

“For the whole fight I think I was doing the right thing and then it was the end,” she said.

“The last thing I thought she would do would try and get me to the ground with 20 seconds to go, it didn’t even cross my mind.

“I’ve fought her a lot of times before and not been close to her so for me this is a massive improvement anyway.

“I’m really pleased and this is my best result at the Europeans but I was just that close to a medal.”

Elsewhere there was defeats for Gemma Gibbons, Sarah Adlington, and Frazer Chamberlain. 

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