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Katherine Driscoll: 'European Games format will help me for Rio Olympics'

Katherine Driscoll tells Sports Mole that the European Games in Baku will prepare her well for the 2016 Olympics.

Team GB trampolinist Katherine Driscoll has told Sports Mole that the podium format of the European Games in Baku will help her ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The 29-year-old made the women's individual final in the Azerbaijani capital on Wednesday after putting in two strong performances.

With the 2016 Olympics just over a year away, Driscoll believes that competing for places on a podium in Baku should provide her with good preparation.

"We don't ever compete on podiums other than at Olympic Games, so for us it's a huge deal to be able to compete on a podium again because it feels very different to how things are normally structured," she said.

"It's important for us to get that again before we get to Rio. That's the biggest thing to take from here, that we're never on podiums."

Driscoll, who took part in London 2012, is a seven-time World Championship medallist.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

> Today's schedule in full
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