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Interview: Laura Gallagher

Sports Mole catches up with Team GB trampolinist Laura Gallagher following the women's synchronised final at the European Games in Baku.

Team GB trampoline duo Laura Gallagher and Katherine Driscoll missed out on a medal in the synchronised event at the European Games in Baku on Sunday, finishing the competition in fifth place overall.

Russia ended up taking the gold, while France and Portugal claimed silver and bronze respectively.

Sports Mole spoke with Gallagher after the final to get her thoughts.

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

Hi Laura, how do you think things went for you and Katherine out there today?

"It wasn't the best that we could have performed together, but it was pretty good. We got through 10 skills. We haven't had much opportunity to practice together because our main focus is individual in Britain so, to be honest, it was really good just to get out there and get some exposure, especially for me after my terrible performance in the individual event. I just need the consistency and the routines under my belt going into the more important competitions for us later this year."

Did you think you were in with a chance of getting a spot on the podium when you arrived at the arena earlier?

"With synchro you never know. I've only had one other synchro partner and only done it a handful of times. Kat's very experienced and she's got lots of world medals with the synchro, so it was really good for me to go out with someone so experienced and Kat was really helpful. It would have been really nice to have won a medal, but it wasn't to be and congratulations to those who did win."

You were the second team to perform today. Does being high up the order benefit you, or would you rather be going last?

"Me and Kat were speaking about that earlier. In some of the other disciplines you do a draw for the final, but we go in reverse order (of qualification results). To be honest there doesn't seem to be a pattern to whether you go last. It's nice to get out there and feel it and see how it's going to run. Each competition is different. Sometimes it's nice to get out there early and get it done. For me it was nice to go early because I was feeling awful this morning. Me and Kat have both been struggling with a bug this week, so it was probably good that we got out there and did our routine early."

Overall, would you say that this has been a positive experience for you in Baku?

"Yeah, definitely. I've been out for along time through injury - it's been over a year since my last competition. This has been a good stepping stone. I'm extremely disappointed with my individual performances, but I can take a lot away from this week and synchro has been really good to pick me up and get out there and perform in a big arena. It's given me a lot more trust in myself ahead of the British Championships in September."

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Katherine Driscoll of Great Britain competes in the trampoline event at the Baku European Games on June 17, 2015
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Friday's key events


ATHLETICS
· The athletics schedule begins, with 100m sprinter Dina Asher-Smith among the names in action on the opening day. The men's 10,000m final concludes the action, with Team GB's Sam Atkin and Marc Scott taking part in the absence of 2012 and 2016 champion Sir Mo Farah (1am-2.30pm)

ROWING
· Victoria Thornley is Team GB's representative in the women's single sculls final (1.33am)
· Great Britain will be going for gold in the men's eight final (2.25am)

SWIMMING
· Team GB duo Molly Renshaw and Abbie Wood take part in the women's 200m breaststroke final, but new Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa is the hot favourite (2.41am)
· Luke Greenbank has very realistic ambitions of picking up a medal in the men's 200m backstroke final (2.50am)
· There is also British representation in the women's 100m freestyle final, although any medal for Anna Hopkin would be a surprise (2.59am)
· With one gold and one silver already under his belt at these Games, Duncan Scott goes again in the men's 200m individual medley final (3.16am)

TRAMPOLINE
· Bryony Page will be looking to repeat her 2016 heroics in the women's event (5am-7.30pm)

CANOE SLALOM
· Bradley Forbes-Cryans will be looking to emulate Rio gold medallist Joe Clarke in the men's kayak event (6am-9am)

FOOTBALL
· The women's tournament enters the quarter-finals, with Great Britain facing Australia at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium (10am)

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