Brits make another medal splash at European Championships
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Brits make another medal splash at European Championships

05 August 2018 / 21:05
For as long as she can remember Georgia Davies has been plotting her path to European gold in the 50m backstroke - one night in Glasgow, it finally ended.

Britain's swimmers basked in gold on Sunday night as the buzz from Adam Peaty's world-beating exploits was extended by two gold medals and a silver to boot.

A 27.23s swim placed Davies on top of the podium, before James Guy and the 4x200 freestyle relay men surged to victory at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
Earlier in the day, Laura Kenny struck again as her elimination race triumph secured a staggering 27th track title of her career - all after barely getting a wink of sleep.

Another pulsating day of action in Scotland ended with Britain third in the medal table overall, with 17 gongs and six golds.

Davies delivers - finally

It was third time lucky for Davies in the pool, as she finally got her hands on the 50m backstroke gold medal with a superb performance.

The Welsh swimmer finished second in Berlin in 2014 and third two years later In London and must have thought her time had gone.

But the 27-year-old recaptured the form that saw her break the European record in her heats and left rival Anastasiia Fesikova of Russia trailing in her wake.

"It is something I have been aiming for and I am so happy to have done it," she said.

Guy then steered the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay team to victory as his stunning final relay leg saw the 23-year-old power past Russia to claim gold.

Calum Jarvis, Duncan Scott and Thomas Dean all swam well to leave Britain in third when Guy entered the water.

Earlier in the evening, Scott secured silver with a stunning return length to the delight of his home crowd.

"The 100 free final is always so tight. It’s always a good battle and I enjoy it," said the Scotsman.

"I’m glad I progressed well through each round and I'm really happy to be on the podium."

Queen of the track stoops to conquer

Sleepless nights may have come Kenny’s way but that didn’t stop Team GB’s most medal-laden female Olympian securing yet another European title.

The four-time Olympic champion added a 12th gold to her continental collection, dominating the elimination ace to be the last one standing in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Son Albie has been keeping the 26-year-old up at night but already Kenny has had two golden moments in Glasgow, backing up success in the team pursuit.


But she’s far from done there as another meeting with Katie Archibald awaits on Tuesday, while the Scot will also be in action in the omnium on Monday.

Meanwhile, the evening session saw Ollie Wood return to the track, looking to add to the bronze medal he accrued as part of the men’s team pursuit squad.

The points race was not to go his way though, finishing tenth, though it won’t be long before he’s back in action – joining forces with golden-boy Ethan Hayter in Monday’s Madison qualification.

Onto the road and there was a whole host of British drama with Sophie Wright breaking clear for a full 80km being hauled back on the streets of Glasgow.

London 2012 Olympic track champion Dani Rowe finished as the leading Brit, crossing the line in tenth place.

Sam's the man on the water

Sam Mottram was the star of the show on the water at Strathclyde Country Park as he picked up a bronze medal in the lightweight men’s single sculls.
The Brit staged an impressive comeback in the second half of his final, moving up from sixth to third to win his first senior medal.

The 23-year-old said: "It's just the best feeling. Coming into that last 250m and just inching away, looking across and seeing I was level.

“Then the crowd starts to see it on the camera, everyone is getting worked up and there’s a roar coming from both sides – it’s a rare moment that you don’t get very often."  

Elsewhere Harry Leask and Jack Beaumont also clinched a podium place as they claimed bronze in the men’s double sculls.

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