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Interview: Katherine Driscoll, Laura Gallagher

Sports Mole chats to Team GB trampoline duo Katherine Driscoll and Laura Gallagher after they reached the synchronised final at the European Games.

Team GB trampoline duo Katherine Driscoll and Laura Gallagher reached the final of the women's synchronised event at the European Games on Friday thanks to a confident display at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku.

The pair finished in fifth place overall in qualifying, scoring a combined total of 83.8 for their two routines. They will be back in action in the final on Sunday.

Driscoll and Gallagher's progress was even more impressive due to the fact that they were performing in the event together for the first time.

Sports Mole chatted to them after the results were in to get their reaction.

Katherine Driscoll and Laura Gallagher of Great Britain compete in the Women's Gymnastics Synchronised Trampoline Qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015© Getty Images

Kat, how are you feeling after that?

Driscoll: "Really good, really pleased. I'm proud of Laura coming out and delivering two solid routines after a disappointing individual performance (Gallagher failed to qualify for the individual final earlier in the week, while Driscoll made it through). It was really positive and it was just nice to do something as a team here. We've got really close doing this event.

"Performance-wise, we scored the highest score that I've ever had in the synchronised event in the first routine, and it's the first time that we've competed together, so that was a shock. We then had to re-focus [for the second routine] and not get too carried away [with our first].

"We're really pleased to have made the final. We didn't know what to expect. We haven't been training at home; we've been concentrating on individual because it's individual in the Olympic Games and we don't train synchronised at home anymore, so it's a bit 'see how it goes'."

Laura, how about you?

Gallagher: "From my perspective I'm really grateful and honoured to be competing with Kat because she's been amazing since my individual. I was absolutely gutted about that. I've never competed like that before. I was ultra-nervous [before going out there today], so I'm just so glad that Kat was there to help me get through that."

It must be pleasing to have recovered so well after the disappointment of not reaching the individual final...

Gallagher: "I've been out for a long time through injury, this is my second competition back, so it's quite a massive stage. I definitely let it get to me on Wednesday and maybe I wasn't quite ready for it, but training has been fine and it's good to take something positive away from this competition and just to show to myself personally that I can do it in an arena like that. It meant even more to do it as a team."

What are your expectations now that you're through to the final?

Gallagher: "We've got no expectations for synchro! Like Kat said, we don't train at home and it's out first ever competition together."

Driscoll: "We're doing pretty simple routines, so it's not competitive difficulty-wise. In synchro you never know..."

Gallagher: "It's not high difficulty because we don't train for it."

What are your plans between now and the final?

Gallagher: "Well, it's been quite a long week! With illnesses and things..."

Driscoll: "I didn't have a very good day yesterday. I spent last night in isolation because I had a stomach bug, so we're going to rest and recuperate, I think!"

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Katherine Driscoll and Laura Gallagher of Great Britain compete in the Women's Gymnastics Synchronised Trampoline Qualification during day seven of the Baku 2015 European Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on June 19, 2015
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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
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CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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