Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix and Ben Proud win gold for Great Britain at European Championships in Rome

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Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix claimed more gold for Great Britain in the women’s 10m platform event in Rome  (Getty Images)
Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix claimed more gold for Great Britain in the women’s 10m platform event in Rome (Getty Images)

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix continued her impressive rise by claiming European Championship gold for Great Britain on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old diver, daughter of First Dates star Fred Sirieix, won the women’s 10m platform event in Rome, beating Ukraine’s Sofiia Lyskun with her final dive. Her compatriot Lois Toulson finished in sixth with a total of 295.70.

Spendolini-Sirieix, who was in tears on the podium, was one of Team England’s breakout stars at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, landing two golds and a silver. She ensured a productive afternoon for Great Britain in the pool in Rome as Grace Reid and James Heatly claimed silver in the mixed synchro.

The pair, who won gold for Scotland in Birmingham, were beaten by Lou Massenberg and Tina Punzel of Germany. There was more success in the swimming pool as Ben Proud claimed a piece of history.

Ben Proud won a historic gold for GB in the men’s 50m freestyle final (Getty Images)
Ben Proud won a historic gold for GB in the men’s 50m freestyle final (Getty Images)

The 27-year-old won gold in the 50m freestyle to become the first man to win gold medals at the World Championships, Commonwealth Games and European Championships within a year.

He finished just 0.02 seconds ahead of Italy’s Leonardo Deplano to win with a time of 21.58. Compatriot Imogen Clark won bronze in the 50m breaststroke. She finished behind Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte and Italy’s Benedetta Pilato with a time of 30.31.

Additional reporting by the Press Association.