Saturday 11th August 2018

Event of the Day: European Championships


Our event of the day is the penultimate day of competition at the European Championships in Scotland and Germany. Multiple medals are up for grabs across an assortment of sports. BMX, athletics, diving, golf, open water swimming, gymnastics and triathlon all have finals being contested. In gymnastics the men’s team final takes place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Russia will be favourites for gold, having qualified with a score of 259.427. Great Britain were hot on their heels, scoring 252.496 to qualify for the final. With double Olympic champion Max Whitlock amongst the Great Britain ranks, Russia will have to put in a series of faultless performances to top the podium.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the men’s and women’s BMX finals are on display at the Glasgow BMX Centre. Dutch sisters Laura and Merel Smulders were first and second at this year’s World Championships in Baku, and will be hopeful to get another gold and silver today in Glasgow. There are eleven athletics finals today at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Dina Asher-Smith will hope to double her gold medal tally at these games with victory in the 200 metres. This will be no mean feat, as she comes up against two-time 200 metre world champion Dafne Schippers. The evening session is rounded off with finals in the men’s and women’s 4x400 metre relays. Finals in the mixed synchronised 10 metre platform and women’s 3 metre springboard final can be found in Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool. Yulia Timoshinina of Russia has already secured a bronze and silver at these games. She’ll be desperate to go one better in the mixed-synchro with partner Nikita Shleikher. Further European Championships action is on display across Scotland. At the Gleneagles golf course, both men and women will be teeing off in the mixed team event. There’s additional mixed action in Triathlon, with the mixed team relay final. Open water swimmers will also be participating in the final of the open water swimming in the chilly Scottish waters of Loch Lomond. Expect a frantic penultimate day of action! 

Honourable mentions around the globe go to Day 3 of the second test between England and India at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. England lead 1-0 in the five-game series after an exciting 31-run win at Edgbaston and are in a good position after bowling India out for 107 in their first innings. Further cricket action can be found in Loughborough, where table-topping Loughborough Lightning take on third place Lancashire Thunder in the Women’s Cricket Super League. In the Vitality T20 Blast, Derbyshire face Leicestershire at the County Ground. The opening round of Premier League fixtures continue over the weekend, with Saturday’s highlights including newly promoted Wolves against Everton, who are playing under the guidance of Marco Silva for the first time. Two favourites for promotion go head to head at Pride Park in the Championship, as Derby host Leeds. In Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain begin their title defence at home to Caen. The Eredivisiereigning champions PSV Eindhoven play FC Utrecht at the Philips Stadium. Two giants of Scottish football clash at Tynecastle, as Hearts host Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. In the MLS, second place Portland Timbers aim to close the gap at the top of the table as they take on Vancouver Whitecaps at Providence Park. The Boston Red Sox will aim to extend their lead at the summit of the American League East, as they travel to Baltimore to face the Baltimore Orioles in MLB action. In Montreal and Toronto, the Rogers Cup enters its seventh day of play. Two of sailings most prestigious events continue in the United Kingdom and Denmark, with Cowes Week and the Sailing World Championships. World class golf can be found at the Bellerive County Club where day 3 of the PGA Championship gets underway. Meanwhile in Australia, the Eels host the Dragons at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney in the NRL. Elsewhere in Australia, top of the table Richmond travel to Carrara where they face second bottom Gold Coast Suns in AFL action. Qualifying for theMotoGP Austrian Grand Prix takes place at the Red Bull Ring. 

Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!  


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