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Russian duo wins gold in men’s 3m springboard synchro dive at European Championships

August 10, 2018, 21:30 UTC+3

The Russian national team currently tops the 2018 European Championships’ overall medals standings

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EDINBURGH, August 10. /TASS/. Russian divers Yevgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Zakharov won gold medals on Friday at the 2018 European Championships showing best result in men’s synchronized 10m springboard.

Referees awarded the Russian duo of Kuznetsov and Zakharov 431.16 points after their six attempts. Great Britain’s pair of Matthew Dixon and Noah Williams executed their diving attempts to the mark of 430.62 points, which brought them the silver.

Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Lars Ruediger received 394.77 points to pack the bronze.

Alexey Vlasenko, the president of Russia’s Diving Federation, said commenting on the victory that no one believed in Russia’s duet of athletes taking the gold until the very last moment.

"To be honest, it was hard to believe [in their victory] after a mistake in their third attempt…," Vlasenko told TASS. "We were extremely worried. However, they [Kuznetsov and Zakharov] have not only won the gold, but defeated reigning Olympic champions from Great Britain, who were performing on their home soil. Each victory over them [Great Britain] is precious."

The 2018 European Championship is the first multi-sport event uniting different European championships and is held between August 2 and 12 in Scotland’s Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as in Germany’s Berlin.

The European multi-event championship include competitions in such sports as swimming, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, track cycling, road cycling, mountain biking, BMX, rowing and triathlon, artistic gymnastics, athletics, diving, golf.

The Russian national team is currently in the top of the 2018 European Championships’ overall medals standings with 26 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze (54 in total). Athletes from Great Britain are in second place with 51 medals (18 gold, 18 silver and 15 bronze) and the team from the Netherlands concludes the top-three with 32 medals (12 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze).

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