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Silver lining for Team GB after Mitchell-Blake's run.

Briton Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake won silver in the European Championships men's 200m as Turkey's world champion Ramil Guliyev stormed to victory in 19.76 seconds.

Mitchell-Blake ran a season's best 20.04 secs, with Switzerland's Alex Wilson given the same time in third.

Adam Gemili, who claimed 200m gold in 2014, was fifth in 20.10 secs.

It's the first time my parents have come to an overseas competition and now they'll have to come to every one Pole vault bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw Fellow Briton Holly Bradshaw won her first major outdoor medal with bronze in the women's pole vault.

The Preston-born athlete, who was fourth in this year's Commonwealth Games, cleared 4.75m on her third attempt to secure third spot. It was a one-two for Greece as Ekaterini Stefanidi took gold with 4.85m and Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou won silver with 4.80m.

"I've had so many fourth and fifth placings and to come away with my first outdoor medal... it's been such a great competition and I've enjoyed it so much," Bradshaw told BBC Sport.

"It's the first time my parents have come to an overseas competition and now they'll have to come to every one."

Meanwhile Jack Laugher is relishing the road towards Tokyo 2020 after finishing on the wrong end of a high-class battle with his Russian rivals at the European Championships in Edinburgh.

Laugher and partner Chris Mears went into the three-metre synchro event as Olympic champions but the Britons were pipped on the final dive at the Royal Commonwealth Pool by Evgenii Kuznetsov and Ilia Zakharov - who also denied them world gold last year.

The result meant Laugher was denied a sweep of three gold medals at the Games having claimed victory in both individual 1m and 3m springboard events earlier this week.

The 23-year-old said: "We have a lot of stuff to improve on and it's going to be an exciting two years. The Russians look fantastic and are on our heels.

"They are massive competitors and it's nice to go head to head with them.

"It's been a fun and healthy competition.

It's a lot more difficult than the Commonwealth Games and it's not a disappointment."

A mistake on the third dive by the Russians had handed Laugher and Mears the initiative, but a minor lapse of their own when gold was within sight cost the home duo dear.

The British pair scored a relatively poor 78.66 for their final attempt, while a 94.62 by the Russians was enough to give them gold by less than a single point, 431.16 to 430.62.

Mears said: "I didn't get my last dive but I really enjoyed the crowd and the environment, and I am happy.

"Obviously I would have loved to have got the gold and get Jack the hat-trick.

"But it was nice to go out and have a battle with the Russians."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 11, 2018
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