Carlin ‘not feeling the pressure’ on maiden gold hunt

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<p>Jack Carlin takes part in the European Championships in Munich.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)</p>
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Jack Carlin starts at the European Championships in Munich. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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Jack Carlin insists he doesn’t feel the pressure as he continues his quest for long-awaited Major Championship gold.

The Scotland star, 25, has collected virtually every Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth silver and bronze at the track but has yet to climb to the top of the podium.

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Carlin kicked off his European Championship campaign in Munich yesterday when he teamed up with compatriots Alistair Fielding (22) and Hamish Turnbull (23) to finish second in qualifying.

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The youthful trio crossed the line 0.6 seconds behind the Netherlands and now meet Spain on penalties on Friday afternoon for a place in tonight’s final.

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Carlin, a two-time medalist in Tokyo last summer, has three European medals – none of them gold – but says he won’t be impatient if another opportunity presents itself.

He said: “I want to win every time I race.

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“But I’m also aware that if people are better than you that day, they are better than you.

“You just have to keep going and hope that the time will come.

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“I still love to ride my bike and that’s why I’m here.

“It’s not about going to the top of the podium – I enjoy the atmosphere and what I do day in and day out.

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“As long as you keep that focus and mentality, eventually the result I want will come.

“It’s nice to be back with the GB team and two of the younger guys.

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“We don’t know exactly what to expect, but it feels good. “I feel quite comfortable in the individual competitions – and we’ll see if we can also get a medal in the team stuff.”

The British team is an inexperienced trio on paper, but put on a solid opening show in the Velodrom at Messe München.

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Fielding joined Carlin to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games while Turnbull hoisted the English flag at the sprint event in Birmingham.

But they teamed up for one of the first events of the Multisport European Championships, which lasted 11 days in Munich and spanned nine sports to safely navigate their heat.

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Fielding loved competing with Turnbull in the West Midlands and hopes a carefree post-‘fighting egos’ mentality can fire her onto the podium.

“There was some friendly competition at the Commonwealth Games – we had a bit of fun and fought egos,” he said.

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“Now it’s about the teammates having a bit of fun again and laughing with the boys.

“We came here wanting to do as well as we can – we know it’s been difficult the past few months so we didn’t really go into the race with too many expectations.

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“It’s just about having fun and then preparing for the World Cup when we come back.

“I think we can take a lot of confidence from this ride. We have a lot to find technically, but physically we are there.

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“We still have to get used to the track so hopefully tomorrow we can get better and be in a really good place physically.”

The Munich 2022 Multisport European Championships with athletics, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, gymnastics, table tennis, triathlon, rowing, sport climbing will be held in the German city from August 11 to 21 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games. Follow online at bbc.co.uk/sport

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