Olympic24: British divers and slalom canoeists end on a high
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Olympic24: British divers and slalom canoeists end on a high

16 May 2016 / 06:59

Great Britain’s diving team rounded off a record-breaking European Aquatics Championships with medals number ten and 11 while the women’s K1 trio take gold at the canoe slalom European Championships. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Tom Daley wins 10m platform gold and Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg take 3m synchro silver on final day of diving at European Aquatics Championships in London
  • Fiona Pennie, Lizzie Neave and Kimberley Woods win K1 team gold to take GB’s tally up to four at the European Championships
  • Andy Murray beats world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 to win first ever Rome Masters title
  • Judoka Gemma Gibbons finishes fifth on final day of Almaty Grand Prix
  • Adam Peaty and James Guy look ahead to swimming action at European Aquatics Championships
  • Scotland beat England in Bowl final of Paris World Sevens Series

Daley impresses with 10m platform gold

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Tom Daley fired out a warning to his rivals ahead of the Olympic Games in Rio with an impressive display of diving to earn the third European 10m platform title of his career.

The 21-year-old gave the expectant London Aquatics Centre crowd exactly what they wanted on the final day of diving at the 2016 European Aquatics Championships with a mammoth score of 570.40 for the win.

It was one of two British podium finishes on the Sunday with Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg also picking up 3m synchro silver to take the overall tally to 11 medals – the best performance by any British diving team at a European Championships and enough to see them pick up the European Diving Champions Trophy.

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Gold for K1 women's team at European Championships

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Great Britain’s slalom canoeists rounded off the European Championships with a fourth medal as the women’s K1 trio won gold.

Rio-bound Fiona Pennie teamed up with Lizzie Neave and Kimberley Woods to beat Germany into second place by over four seconds.

It added to the bronze won in the C1 by Mallory Franklin, while there was also gold for the women’s C1 team and bronze for their male counterparts.

"The team event was a nice consolation prize after not doing as well as we'd have liked to in the individual event," said Neave.

"We all had a really good run and it's always nice to come away with a medal."

Murray delivers rare win over Djokovic to triumph in Rome

GettyImages-531588572Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday in style as he beat world number one Novak Djokovic to win his first ever Rome Masters title.

Murray, who is fast showing he is a force to be reckoned with on clay after also reaching the semi-finals in Monte Carlo and finishing as runner-up in Madrid last weekend, beat the Serb 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 35 minutes.

It was a first win on clay against Djokovic in five attempts for Murray – who also lost to the same opponent in last week’s Madrid Open final – while he also became the first British men’s singles winner of the event in Rome since 1931.

"[I'm] going to Roland Garros with a lot of confidence. Over best of five, as well, takes a little bit more physical and mental strength.

"But I feel like I'm on the right track. So hopefully I can have a good run there."

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Injury dashes Gibbons hopes of bronze

Gemma Gibbons was Britain’s highest finisher on the final day of the Almaty Grand Prix in Kazakhstan as she placed fifth.

With the competition representing the final open opportunity to claim Rio 2016 Olympic qualification points, Gibbons started well and progressed all the way to the semi-final where she faced China’s Zhehui Zhang.

It went right down to the wire but two yuko scores and three shidos were not enough for victory.

The Olympic silver medallist was then due to take Victoria Turks of Ukraine in the bronze medal match but withdrew due to an injury sustained in an earlier contest – leaving her finishing fifth in the process.

Peaty thinking of Rio at this week's Euros

World champion Adam Peaty is putting his Olympic ambitions first as he prepares for this week’s European Championships in London.

Peaty and fellow British world champion James Guy are the stars for the home team but while wanting to give supporters something to cheer about, winning in Rio is what matters.

All 26 members of Team GB’s swim squad, announced last month, will continue intense training throughout the event, as they return to the Olympic pool for the first international swim event at the venue since London 2012.

“You need to make sacrifices and perhaps that could be winning the medals we could at the Europeans because it’s a stepping stone for Rio,” said Peaty, the 100m breaststroke world record holder.

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Scotland beat England at Paris World Sevens

Scotland took the honours as they beat England 28-10 in the Bowl final of the penultimate World Sevens Series in Paris.

England had earlier come from behind to defeat Wales and Russia on Sunday but they were stopped in their tracks by a strong Scottish showing.

“I’m disappointed to lose out to a very good Scotland team but very pleased with the way the guys kept fighting and working throughout today," said head coach Simon Amor.

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