Baku Bulletin: Day Seven in Review

19 June 2015 / 16:26

There was plenty to shout about for Team GB on day seven with Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett clinching bronze for Britain's first gymnastics medal while Nicola Adams made steady progress in her opening bout and James Heatly secured synchronised 3m springboard silver with Ross Haslam to win his second European Games medal. Here's our review of day seven in Baku.

Live action:

  • Baughn and Bartlett secure Team GB’s first gymnastics medal at Baku 2015
  • More diving success as Haslam and Heatly take syncro silver
  • Drinkhall settles for fourth after bronze medal epic
  • No sweat for Adams as Olympic Champ makes Baku quarters
  • Trampoline duo book their place in Sunday’s final
  • World Champ Walkden knocked out of taekwondo quarter-finals
  • Mixed emotions for Nicky Hunt in archery first elimination round
  • ‘Simple errors’ cost Steve Scott double trap medal
  • Aerobic gymnasts narrowly miss out on group final
  • Third European Games defeat for beach volleyball pair

Around the village:

  • Amber Hill shows age is just a number

Baughn and Bartlett take acrobatic bronze

The hard work paid off for Hannah Baughn and Ryan Bartlett who made history by becoming Team GB's first gymnastics to win a European Games medal after claiming bronze in the acrobatic mixed all-around.

The duo finished with 85.160 to edge out Ukrainian pair Yelyzaveta Vasylyga and Shpyn Oleksandr who ended on 82.950.

However, they were unable to trouble the top-two pairs as Russia's Marina Chernova and Georgy Pataraya took gold and Belgium's Yana Vastavel and Solano Cassamajor won silver.

Baughn said: “The bronze means everything to us and we’re so happy to have won here. All that extra hard work has paid off and it’s really exciting."

Earlier in the day the women's group of Jennifer Bailey, Cicely Irwin and Josephine Russel finished sixth in their all-around final with a score of 81.750.

To Team GB fans, with love from Bronze medalists @hannahbaughn & @RYANKBARTLETT #GoTeamGB ❤️����

— Team GB (@TeamGB) June 19, 2015

Haslam and Heatly add silver to growing diving haul

There might be hundreds of miles between them at home but Ross Haslam and James Heatly were in perfect tandem as they dived to synchronised 3m springboard silver.

Heatly already has a bronze medal from Baku after his efforts in the 1m springboard on Thursday and the Edinburgh youngster was at it again with his Sheffield counterpart as the pair scored 286.05 to finish second behind Russian duo Ilia Molchanov and Nikita Nikolaev

"There's been a lot of travelling to get ready for this but it's certainly been worth it," said Haslam.

“For us we wanted to go out there and get all of our dives and it wasn't that way today but we have still come out of it with a silver medal so you can't be disappointed.”

It was a different story however in the women's 1m springboard where Millie Fowler and Katherine Torrance finished sixth and eighth respectively – with Russia's Maria Polykova taking gold.

#Silver@JamesHeatly & @RossManBossMan1 claim the silver in the #Baku2015 Men's 3m Synchronised Springboard #Diving

— Team GB (@TeamGB) June 19, 2015

Drinkhall hopeful for table tennis future after impressive display

Paul Drinkhall hopes his marathon final game with Ukrainian Lei Kou will prove to be good for the sport in Great Britain despite not being able to snatch European Games bronze from his opponent.

The 25-year-old found himself in the bronze medal match after losing out 4-2 to German number one seed Dimitrij Ovtcharov in the semi-final.

Drinkhall took the first game against Kou but lost the next three to leave his hopes of a medal hanging by a thread.

He managed to claw one back before an epic sixth game battle end in defeat as Kou triumphed 22-20.

“If I could have kept the intensity up from the first set and the last two it could have been a lot closer and hopefully in my favour,” said Drinkhall.

“The last game was great but I wish there were no rallies and I’d have won. But hopefully it’s good for British table tennis.”

Paul gave it his all, but after an EPIC final game @pdrinkhall narrowly misses out on a medal. #Baku2015

— Team GB (@TeamGB) June 19, 2015

Pressure no problem for history girl Adams

Nicola Adams says she is thriving under the weight of expectation after she made steady progress into the flyweight quarter finals with a unanimous decision victory over Katalin Ancsin.

The Olympic Champion had too much for her Hungarian counterpart and showed all her class to set up a bout with Stoyka Petrova.

And, while some might crumble under the pressure, Adams insists it is the driving force behind her unprecedented success.

“I never see it as pressure, everyone thinks I will win gold and that's what gives me the motivation and the will power,” she said.

“I think it would be the opposite if people thought I wasn't going to win gold, it might make me doubt myself.

“But everyone thinks I am going to win gold and that makes me think I can do it and I want to go and get it.”

It was a busy day for Britain's boxers with Qais Ashfaq navigating his way past tricky Turkish fighter Selcuk Eker.

However, there were defeats for Harvey Horn in the men's light flyweight division as he lost to Russia's Bator Sagaluev and Savannah Marshall was beaten by Dutch fighter Nouchka Fontijn.  

Driscoll and Gallagher book synchro final berth

There was a nice surprise in store for Kat Driscoll on the penultimate day of trampoline competition in Baku as she and Laura Gallagher secured a spot in the women's synchronised final at the National Gymnastics Arena.

The pair had been focusing on their individual routines in the build-up to Baku but produced two solid routines to rack up a score of 83.800 to secure fifth in the rankings ahead of Sunday's final.

“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,” Driscoll said.

“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.”

World Champion Walkden beaten in quarters

World taekwondo champion Bianca Walkden couldn't hide her disappointment after she was knocked out of the European Games on golden point.

The 23-year-old began the day with a 9-6 victory over Turkey's Furkan Aydin but was up against it when she fell eight points behind against Ukraine's Maryna Konieva.

Walkden managed to produce a stunning comeback however and a last-gasp point saw the scores level at 13 apiece at the end of three rounds.

But Konieva was on hand to break British hearts and secured the win with a golden point and left Walkden bitterly disappointed.

“Everything I tried she got a point. I did well to come back but I'm devastated,” she said.

“I'm really disappointed but I have to get over it really. I got caught too many times, I thought I could cover my body but I couldn't and she was just scoring too easily.”

There was more disappointment in the men's 80+ category as Mahama Cho suffered a 10-5 preliminary round defeat to Greece's Konstantinos Gkoltsios.

Hunt looks for positives after seeing off teammate Folkard

There were mixed emotions for Nicky Hunt after she got the better of British teammate Naomi Folkard to book her spot in the 1/16 archery eliminations.

Earlier in the day Amy Oliver bowed out of the competition with a 6-0 defeat against Slovakian Alexandra Longova.

But it was the battle of Britain that caught the eye as Hunt won three consecutive sets to get the better of Folkard and now faces the prospect of a tie against Russian Natalia Erdynieva.

“It's obviously good to win but it sucks to be playing against a teammate. The only positive of that was that one of us was going to get through to the next round,” said Hunt.

“It sucks but I have to look at my own performance, I've had a really good week and am happy with everything that I did and I stuck with that.”

Scott: Simple errors cost me

Scott Steven believes silly mistakes cost him a shot at a medal after he fell at the semi-final stage of the men's double trap at the Baku Shooting Centre.

Scott qualified joint top of the pile from the first round with 142 while teammate Tim Kneale finished qualification down in 14th with 136.

However, Scott paid the price for simple errors as he finished fifth in the semi-final behind Italian Antonio Barilla in fourth.

“I just made a few simple errors in the final which was a little bit silly of me. I was on form and shooting well but unfortunately I let it slip a little bit on two targets,” said Scott.

It proved to be a difficult day all around for Team GB's shooters after Jen McIntosh secured a spot in the women's 50m 3 positions rifle final but finished in seventh on 399.7.

Augier proud of team despite missing out on final

Aerobic gymnast Ella Augier admits she is proud of her team despite the disappointment of narrowly missing out on a spot in the group final.

Augier, Chloe Farrance, Olivia Farrance, Sophie Goves and Kayleigh Silva scored 19.161 to finish seventh – one spot behind sixth-placed qualifiers Italy who finished with 19.600.

However, while she was disappointed with the result she says the chance to represent Team GB was one that brought immense pride.

"We are very disappointed to just miss out on the final but also very proud to have represented Team GB and our sport,” she said.

“The experience in Baku has been incredible, the atmosphere in the arena was amazing and we will take so much from this experience."

Beach volleyball duo look to learn after third defeat

Chris Gregory and Jake Sheaf must learn from their mistakes, according to beach volleyball team leader Emma Kavanagh after the pair lost their third match in as many days to bring the curtain down on their European Games.

The duo suffered defeats to Austria and Spain in their opening Pool G fixtures and were bettered by Estonian duo Kristo Kollo and Rivo Vesik on day eight.

The Estonians won the first set 21-19 and closed the match out with a 21-15 win in the second – leaving Kavanagh to reflect on a disappointing competition.

“We're disappointed with today's result. It's been a challenging tournament and we've had our chances but just not taken them when it mattered,” she said.

“We need to look at the mistakes we've made and work through them to bounce back and get back to winning ways.”

Hill looks to add to impressive resumé

Shooter Amber Hill has already proved that age is just a number and she is looking to close the gap in experience when she takes centre stage against her rivals at the European Games.

Hill announced herself on the world stage at the tender age of 15 when she made history as the youngest-ever winner of a senior World Cup in her sport.

She was then named as one of the youngest members of England’s Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow last year although she missed out on the final after losing in a shoot-off.

But she did have gold later in the year when the Great Britain women's skeet team won World Championship gold in Granada, Spain.

And with Rio creeping into her thoughts, Hill knows the current European Games in Baku can provide another valuable learning curve.

“Although I’m still one of the youngest ones competing I’ve been around a few years now. I don’t really think age comes into it,” she said.

“I’m just trying to gain as much experience as I can. I don’t think being young holds me back.

“I’m learning all the time. I just really want to be successful for my country. I’m feeling really good at the moment, training has been going really well.”

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