European Games: Great Britain claim women’s team pursuit silver in Minsk


Great Britain won team pursuit silver and four boxing medals to take their tally to 12 at the European Games.

Welsh duo Meg Barker and Jess Roberts and former Irish rider Josie Knight lost the pursuit final to Italy.

But six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny failed to qualify for the sprint quarter-finals in Minsk, Belarus.

“It was a lot closer than we thought it would have been. It, of course, would have been nice to win but we can’t be disappointed,” Barker said.

“We’re a very young team, so for us it’s been an amazing experience and opportunity to set a good time and race at a really big event.”

Cheavon Clarke, Galal Yafai, Luke McCormack and Peter McGrail took boxing bronze while Lauren Price will fight for -75kg gold after beating Darima Sandakova.

Pat McCormack and Ben Whittaker also set up gold medal fights as they won their respective -69kg and -81kg semi-finals.

Both badminton doubles pairs reached the finals of their respective competitions.

Lauren Smith and Chloe Birch beat France’s Emilie Lefel and Anne Tran 21-13 21-13 and the men’s duo of Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge recorded a 21-18 21-16 win over Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling of the Netherlands.

Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour secured at least a bronze medal by reaching the women’s singles semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Amber Hill and Ben Llewellin finished fourth in the mixed team shotgun skeet event as they lost to Czech Republic’s Barbora Sumova and Jakub Tomecek in the bronze medal match.

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