Sport / Feature

Six must-see Aquatics events at Glasgow 2018

Around 1000 of the most talent aquatics stars will compete in Glasgow in August 2018.

The Glasgow 2018 European Championships will welcome around 1000 of the most talented aquatics stars to the Scottish city in August next year.

Athletes will compete across the four European Aquatics Championships disciplines of diving, synchronised swimming, open water swimming, and swimming, all looking for the chance to become champions of Europe.

With so much action ahead, here are our top six picks from across the aquatic disciplines.

Tickets for these, and much more, are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.


Swimming: Women – 400m Individual Medley – Final

Where: Tollcross International Swimming Centre
When: Friday 3 August 2018, 16:45 – 18L45
Price: £20 – £55
Tickets

Medley events are always a highlight of the pool schedule at a major Championships, and this promises to be no different.

Some of the top female swimmers in the world will be pushed to the limit as they show off their talents and take to the water for what is sure to be one of the key moments in the Glasgow 2018 Aquatics calendar.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu showed her class at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, as she won the event and set a new record. Finishing in 4:29:33, she set the time that competitors will be looking to beat in Glasgow.

Whoever takes home the gold, this promises to be one of the most exciting and atmospheric events of the Championships.


Synchronised Swimming: Duet Technical – Final

Where: Scotstoun Sports Campus
When: Friday 3 August 2018, 12:45 – 15:45
Price: £20 +
Tickets

The very best in Synchro will battle to reach this event, as pairings look to execute their technical skill in front of crowds at Scotstoun Sports Campus.

The seasoned aquatics venue will offer athletes the opportunity to compete in a purpose built, temporary competition pool located in the campus tennis centre, which will be surrounded by a passionate Glasgow audience on three sides.

Russia and China look like the ones to watch, with both nations having strong showings at recent meetings. The Russian duo of Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Alexandra Patskevich were the best in their field at this year’s World Aquatics Championships, securing Gold with 95.0515 points in the final.


Swimming: Men – 200m Breaststroke – Final

Where: Tollcross International Swimming Centre
When: Monday 6 August 2018, 16:45 – 19:15
Price: £20 – £55
Tickets

Tollcross will again be the venue as breaststroke competition takes centre stage in the form of the Men’s 200m Final. Although Russia’s Anton Chupkov looks like the one to beat, going on recent form, there could be hope of a triumph for Scotland’s Ross Murdoch.

Ross, who is a sporting ambassador of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, impressed during the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, finishing top of the pile in his semi-final for this very event, before eventually placing 4th in the final.

No stranger to success, Ross, who hit the headlines when stunned Glasgow 2014 poster-boy Michael Jamieson by claiming 200m breaststroke Gold three years ago, will be aiming for the same result when he competes in front of a home crowd once more in 2018.


Synchronised Swimming: Solo Free Preliminary

Where: Royal Commonwealth Pool
When: Sunday 5 August 2018, 08:45-10:45
Price: £15 +
Tickets

It’ll be back to the capital, as the stars of Synchro bid to make it to a final by outperforming their rivals in the preliminary round of this event.

The Royal Commonwealth Pool, which will host divers competing from heights of 1, 3 and 10 meters, has staged many major diving and aquatic events since it was first opened back in 1970, including three Commonwealth Games – in 1970, 1986 and 2014.

And the Solo Free event will be a big part of a packed schedule. After the World Championships in Budapest, Russia’s competitors are again the ones to beat, although Jiang Tingting of China has caught the attention with recent efforts.


Diving: Men – 1m Springboard – Final

Where: Royal Commonwealth Pool
When: Tuesday 7 August 2018, 13:15-16:15
Price: £20 +
Tickets

Take in one of Glasgow 2018’s most breath taking events right in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.

Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool will host the European Diving Championships next summer and this iconic venue – nestled below Arthur’s Seat – is ready for history to be made.

The men’s 1m springboard final will see the cream of Europe’s male divers attempt to book their place on the podium. England’s Jack Laugher took Gold in this event at the same venue, back in 2014 as part of the Commonwealth Games, and the crowd will be hoping for another Brit success.

Scot James Heatly, who finished 9th in 2014, is also another favourite.

The Women’s 10m Synchronised Final is another highlight on the afternoon’s schedule.


Swimming: Men – 200m Backstroke – Final

Where: Tollcross International Swimming Centre
When: Wednesday 8 August 2018, 16:15-18:45
Price: £20 – £55
Tickets

Another day, another final in front of a ready and waiting Tollcross crowd.

By this point, the venue will have been the location for plenty of action, but the spectators are sure to be just as up for the duel between the final male competitors in the 200m Backstroke field.

Back in 2014, at the same venue, it was an Aussie wipeout, as Mitch Larkin, Josh Beaver and Matson Lawson brought home the medals. But Scots Craig McNally and Ryan Bennett gave good accounts of themselves, particularly impressing in the heats.

Will there be a home competitor to cheer on the podium this time around? Only time will tell, as the best of the crop prepare for Glasgow 2018.


Glasgow 2018 will also host exciting gymnastics, cycling, golf, rowing, and triathlon events, as well as diving, synchronised swimming, open water swimming, and swimming.

Tickets for all are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

Share post