Great Britain’s women’s basketball team made historic strides reaching the EuroBasket semi-finals and an eventual fourth place finish at the championships in Belgrade.
The team, featuring a host of Team England’s Commonwealth Games silver medallists including Stefanie Collins, Rachael Vanderwal and Eilidh Simpson, narrowly lost 63-56 in their semi final versus France before ending on a 81-55 bronze medal play-off defeat to Serbia.
In reaching the last four of the European competition, courtesy of a nail-biting quarter-final victory against Hungary where GB’s lead was reduced to a single point with only minutes remaining, it represents the first time a British team has progressed to this stage of the competition in the history of British Basketball.
Reflecting on their historic run, Team England’s Vanderwal told GB Basketball: “It’s been a long tournament and both emotionally and physically but the big picture shows how far we have come. From not even qualifying in 2017, to fighting for a medal.
Stainton on song at Euro Team Champs
Heptathlete Katie Stainton recorded a massive personal best to help Britain secure at bronze medal at the European Combined Events Team Championships in Lutsk, Ukraine.
The Birchfield Harrier set personal bests of 1.78m in the high jump and 12.30m in the shotput during the first day of competition.
But her best was saved till last in the final heptathlon event, where Stainton clocked a 800m PB of 2:09.31, knocking almost four seconds of her previous best time.
In doing so Stainton broke the 6,000 point barrier for the first time in her career to register 6,029 points and earn an individual silver medal.
Britain battle to top 10 triathlon mixed-relay finish
Britain’s mixed relay quartet earned a respectable top-10 finish at the Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, after enduring a difficult start.
The team, led out by Commonwealth silver medallist Jess Learmonth, suffered an early setback when Learmonth was squeezed out of position during the swim phase meaning she transitioned to the bike in 15th and had to fight back for position.
Joined by fellow Commonwealth medallist Jonny Brownlee, as well as Georgia Taylor Brown and Alex Yee, The British team rallied back to finish in tenth position.