This month saw the inaugural European Championships take place in Berlin and Glasgow, with stars from a whole host of sports descend on the two cities for a wonderful month of sport.
For Team GB it was an extremely successful event, winning 74 medals, 26 golds, 26 silvers and 22 bronze. It was Russia who topped the medal table, they actually won fewer medals than Great Britain, with 66, but their tally of 31 golds, meant they headed to the top of the leaderboard.
Here at Champions Olympic Speakers, we have a whole host of speakers on our books who represented GB at the Championships. Below we have a list of stars who had an extremely successful competition.
Adam Peaty MBE
Adam Peaty was the nation’s most successful athlete at this year’s Championships, winning four gold medals in the pool. The world record breaking swimmer took home the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke, 4X100m medley relay, 50m breaststroke and 4 x 100m relay, making him Britain’s first ever three-time quadruple champion.
These successes add to the already one Olympic gold, five World Championship golds and 12 golds in the swimming European Championships.
Laura Kenny CBE
The most successful ever female British Olympian, Laura Kenny CBE, added to her ever growing haul of medals at the European Championships. In Glasgow she claimed two golds with the team pursuit and elimination race.
In total Britain were only behind the Netherlands when it came to medals won in cycling, taking home 10 medals, four of which were gold. Kenny returned to racing this year following a break after the Rio Olympics when she gave birth to her first child. She has clearly carried on where she left off and will now be full focused on preparing for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Athletics was Britain’s most successful sport in the European Championships with 18 medals won in total. Seven of these were gold medals with Laura Muir contributing to the haul by taking victory in the 1500m event. Having never won a medal in any major outdoor competitions, the pressure was on her to produce even though she was clearly the favourite.
She had a slow start but soon found herself at the front of the pack, holding off a challenge from the tenacious Poland athlete, Sofia Ennaoui, Muir held on to achieve the win.
Britain’s third athletics gold came in the form of Matthew Hudson-Smith who won in the 400m final last week. Matthew crossed the line 44 seconds ahead of Belgian twins Kevin and Jonathan Borlee. He had a blistering start and after 300m it was clear that the athlete was going to achieve his first outdoor success.
He also played a vital role in the 4x400m relay where the team won a silver medal. It was quite the turnaround from the star, who almost quit athletics a year ago after becoming so disillusioned with the sport. Now, he is one of the sport’s standout performers and is tipped for big things at the 2020 Olympics and beyond.
Here at Champions Olympic Speakers, we have a whole host of sporting greats on our books who can make an impact at every event they attend. For more information, get in touch by calling 01509 85 29 27 or complete our online form for more information.