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Team GB's Lani Belcher "really happy with silver" in 5000m kayak event

Team GB's Lani Belcher is "really happy" to come away with silver in the women's K1 5000m kayak event at the European Games.

Great Britain's Lani Belcher has insisted that she was "really happy" to claim silver in the K1 5000m kayak event at the European Games this afternoon.

Belcher finished behind Belarus's Maryna Litvinchuk, who stormed to gold in Mingachevir after finishing more than 15 seconds ahead of the Briton.

In a tussle for second place, Belcher narrowly beat Hungary's Renata Csay, while Ireland's Jennifer Egan missed out on a medal in fourth spot.

"I'm really pleased with silver because the start was a bit of a tussle," Belcher told reporters. "The first lap had boats crashing into each other and I got a bit caught up in it all.

"That's when the three girls got away so we just worked really hard to get them and I'm really happy with silver. I just really, really wanted a medal and I was determined to do that."

Germany's Melanie Gebhardt had been pushing for a medal in the final, but lost her balance to rule herself out of the running.

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Thursday's key events


ROWING
· Comeback queen and super-mum Helen Glover goes for her third Olympic gold alongside Polly Swann in the women's pair final (1.30am)
· There is also a medal on offer for GB pair Emily Craig and Imogen Grant in the lightweight women's double scull final (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· As second-fastest qualifier for the final, Team GB's James Wilby is among the medal contenders in the men's 200m breaststroke (2.44am)
· Alys Thomas takes part in the women's 200m butterfly final, although he faces a difficult task to challenge for the medals (3.28am)
· Caeleb Dressel of the USA has been touted by some as the successor to Michael Phelps, and he has the chance to notch up a fourth Olympic gold in the men's 100m freestyle final (3.37am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· After Team GB's men narrowly missed out on a medal, the women get their campaign underway against the Russian Olympic Committee (3am) and New Zealand (10.30am)

HOCKEY
· It is a Great Britain vs. Netherlands double-header, with the men up first in Pool B (4.15am)
· Most eyes will be on the women's showdown between the two nations, though, as Netherlands - the world's best team - look to gain revenge on GB for defeat in the 2016 Olympic final (11am)

CANOE SLALOM
· Mallory Franklin takes part in the women's canoe semi-final, and will hope to do enough to qualify for the final later in the day (6am-8.45am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· With Simone Biles now out of the women's all-around final, the competition has been blown wide open. Team GB twins Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova are among those taking part (11.50am-2.05pm)

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