Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein won their ninth consecutive European 10 metre synchronised platform gold ©Getty Images

Germany’s Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein denied the host nation gold in the men’s 10 metre synchronised platform competition at the LEN European Aquatics Championships here today, while Russia earned another three titles.

The home fans had looked on course to celebrate a second gold of the Championships, after Tom Daley and Grace Reid won the mixed three metre synchronised springboard yesterday evening, with the former producing strong opening dives alongside Daniel Goodfellow.

Having been tied with their German rivals after the first two dives, the British pair slowly built an advantage, but headed into the final round of the competition with only a narrow five point lead.

Hausding and Klein, who were looking to secure a ninth consecutive European title in the event, received a score of 88.56 with their sixth effort to end on a tally of 445.26 and place all the pressure onto the Britons.

Despite their best efforts, the home duo were unable to match the Germans in the final round and ended on 444.30, just 0.96 behind the gold medal winners.

Oleksandr Gorshkovozov and Maksym Dolgov of Ukraine completed the podium on 429.75.

It proved to be a day of Russian success though, as Evgeny Kuznetsov was able to better his silver medal from the 2015 edition of the Championships with a consistent display in the men’s three metres springboard competition.

The 26-year-old found himself in second place after the first two dives, with Britain’s Jack Laugher, who topped the standings in the morning’s preliminary event, having scored 88.40 and 92.75 to begin the competition in style.

Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov triumphed in the men's three metre springboard final
Russia's Evgeny Kuznetsov triumphed in the men's three metre springboard final ©Getty Images

Laugher will rue a disastrous third dive, which scored just 45.90 and allowed Kuznetsov to move into the lead at the halfway mark.

Kuznetsov headed into the final round with an eight point cushion over his rival and sealed victory with a stunning final dive, with the judges awarding him 100.70, the highest score of the competition.

It gave him a final tally of 497.90, which saw him claim victory over the home favourite Laugher, who settled for silver on 497.90.

Ukraine’s Ilya Kvasha, who claimed the one metre title on Tuesday, secured the bronze medal ahead of Ilia Zakaharov by scoring 463.60 to the Russians' 457.75.

Russia moved onto six gold medals in synchronised swimming competition at the Championships, after they once again brushed aside the challenge of their rivals to win the free combination and solo technical titles.

Their last participation in the free combination event at the European Championships came back in Budapest in 2010, with their team having earned three straight world titles in that gap.

The reigning world champions eased to victory on their return as their Don Quixote-inspired routine received a score of 96.5000 from the judges.

Ukraine proved their closest challengers, as they had been in Monday’s technical event, but the defending champions relinquished their title after ending on 93.4333.

Russia won the free combination event to claim their sixth synchronised swimming gold of the Championships
Russia won the free combination event to claim their sixth synchronised swimming gold of the Championships ©Getty Images

“We are satisfied with our performance,” said Alla Shishkina, one of Russia’s 10-member team.

“This team combination required maximum effort from everyone, which is good for the sport.

“It’s great that the Ukrainians improved again, they keep us under pressure and make us work harder all the time.”

Italy claimed the bronze medal with a score of 90.9333, leaving Spain outside the podium positions on 88.9000.

Svetlana Romashina, fresh from having earned duet gold with Natalia Ishchenko yesterday, earned her second title in as many days with a strong display in the solo technical event.

The 26-year-old Russian took her overall tally of European gold medals to nine, after her display was awarded 93.8865 by the officials.

Her victory consigned Ukraine’s Anna Voloshyna to a fourth silver medal at the Championships, having also finished second in the solo free, duet free and team technical events.

Voloshyna finished on a tally of 90.7289, with Italy’s Linda Cerruti winning her third bronze medal in London by scoring 87.1493.